Visiting JL Dental every six months for cleanings and exams can help you maintain oral health and greatly reduce the risk of dental damage, but even with regular care, you might find yourself in need of some restorative dentistry. Restorative dentistry includes a variety of treatments designed to relieve your oral health problems – problems like cavities, tooth infection, and broken or missing teeth. Drs. Jonathan and Laura Mears combine their various talents to offer a well-rounded menu of restorative dentistry options at our Arnold, MO dental office, and they always bring their family-oriented view of dental care to the table, making you feel truly special at every visit.
If you have damaged, missing, or severely decayed teeth in the front of your smile, you need a solution that considers aesthetics alongside a high-quality restoration. Porcelain crowns and bridges can do both! Dental porcelain is highly customizable to match your surrounding tooth enamel, and it also reflects light in the same way as your natural teeth. Once you’ve had a porcelain crown or bridge placed, it’ll be you and your dentist’s secret.
Many adults have at least one silver filling in their mouths — but these days, there is a better option for treating cavities. Tooth-colored fillings offer a solution that stops decay and strengthens the tooth without taking away from the overall appearance of your smile. Made from a biocompatible composite resin, tooth-colored fillings also require less removal of the healthy tooth enamel and are less sensitive to heat and cold, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful restorative solution!
Dentures are a well-known option for patients who have a significant number of missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. These days, dentures are more effective and comfortable than ever before, thanks to modern methods and natural-looking materials. Depending on the extent of your tooth loss, your dentist can create a custom full or partial denture to restore your ability to eat, speak, and smile with full confidence.
If you have experienced tooth decay or an injury that cannot be fixed by a simple filling, root canal therapy can provide an effective solution. It rescues your tooth from extraction and lets you keep your natural smile intact — and that is always a good thing! Your dentist will remove all infected tissue from the interior of the tooth and place a sturdy crown or filling on top. And, thanks to modern anesthesia and sedation, you won’t feel a thing throughout the process.
In some cases, a tooth is simply too damaged to save. Alternatively, new teeth may erupt that cannot be accommodated in the mouth. Regardless of the circumstance, Drs. Jonathan and Laura Mears will carefully examine your tooth before determining if extraction is the best option. In many cases, a tooth can be saved via root canal therapy and crown placement. However, if your oral health is in danger and a tooth extraction is the only treatment that can address it, they will take the steps to ensure your care is comfortable and that your treatment is successful.