Restorative Dentistry in West Seneca
Our West Seneca dentist and team focus our services on preventive care, but we also offer a variety of more advanced treatment options. Even the most thorough preventive dentistry plans have flaws, and when dental decay or damage results, the team at Applegate Dental has you covered. Contact us right away if you notice any dental damage or experience pain. The sooner we’re able to begin restorative treatment, the more natural dental structure we’ll be able to preserve.
Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns and fixed bridges are two of the most commonly recommended restorative dentistry solutions at Applegate Dental. Crowns are used to restore teeth in a number of situations including:
- Severe decay too extensive to be restored with a filling or other more conservative options
- Cosmetic flaws like misshapen or malformed teeth or deep set stains
- As the finishing touch on root canal therapy to protect the treated tooth
- As part of dental implant
- To hold fixed bridge dental prosthetics in position affixed to crowns on either side of one or more replacement teeth
Whatever reason patients need a dental crown, the process is the same. Patients should plan to visit our team two times. During an initial visit, a small amount of surface enamel is removed from teeth to prepare them to receive a crown. We then collect dental impressions to send to our trusted lab where a custom crown is crafted. In the meantime, we place a temporary crown to protect the tooth. Once the final crown or bridge is returned to our office, patients come back for a second appointment where we exchange the temporary for a permanent solution.
There is an aesthetic, durable alternative to the silver fillings that mar the appearance of your beautiful smile. If you have a cavity or minor dental damage, tooth colored fillings come to the rescue. Made out of natural-looking composite resin, tooth colored fillings strengthen your enamel after decay and can rebuild the structure of a damaged tooth, too. With a tooth colored filling, there’s no risk of mercury exposure as with amalgam fillings. The material also dries within minutes under the application of a special UV light. Tooth colored fillings are an excellent option in modern, effective, aesthetic dentistry.
Root canal is a phrase that most patients dread hearing. When it comes to root canal therapy, we have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that root canal therapy is really no more painful than other restorative treatments like dental crown placement or fillings, but the bad news is the infection of the pulp which houses the dental nerve that leads to root canals is extremely painful. Root canals are necessary when dental trauma or decay reaches the innermost layer of the teeth known as the pulp. Warning signs that you may need a root canal include:
- Severe toothache – both constant throbbing and sporadic sharp pains are reported
- Sensitivity to temperature – lingering pain or aching when tooth is exposed to hot or cold foods and beverages
- Dental discoloration – darkening of a specific tooth usually near the gum line
- Infection in the gums – if gums around one specific tooth are swollen, oozing, or irritated, that tooth may need root canal therapy
If you notice one or more of these concerns, contact us right away. We’ll remove the damaged pulp, refill the tooth, and typically place a dental crown to reseal and protect the root canal treated tooth.
Dentures & Partial Dentures
Are you missing one or more teeth in your mouth? Applegate Dental can provide a personalized full or partial denture set that allows you to get back to your normal life. Be able to chew, smile and laugh with confidence again! We offer both traditional and custom sets depending on what your financial situation allows. If you’re a patient with dentures, please continue to brush your gums, tongue, and palate every morning in order to stimulate circulation in the tissues, as well as attend regular oral cancer screenings. Do your dentures need a good cleaning? Our office is happy to clean them and get them looking as good as new!
Our team works hard to help patients keep their natural dental structures, but despite best efforts, there are some situation where removing a tooth is the best solution for overall oral health. Some of the most common reasons for tooth extraction include:
- Teeth too severely decayed to support a restoration
- As part of orthodontic treatment for those patients who do not have adequate space in their smiles to accommodate their full set of teeth
- Before placing a dental prosthetic like a partial or full denture we may need to remove one or more teeth
- The most commonly extracted teeth are the third molars (wisdom teeth) as the last teeth to erupt in smiles, patients frequently do not have adequate space to accommodate this additional set of teeth
Whatever the reason we recommend tooth extraction, our team will do their utmost to ensure patients are comfortable from start to finish. Before we remove teeth, we typically work with patients to plan their tooth replacement to ensure they maintain optimal oral health.
If you or a loved one experiences a dental emergency, the most important thing to do is stay calm. Contact Applegate Dental right away. We’re here to help when our patients need us. We offer same day appointments whenever possible, and one of our team members will be happy to answer any questions you have and walk you through first aid tips to keep you smiling until you reach our team. After hours, contact our regular office number and follow the instructions to get ahold of someone right away.