Marlton Dentist Repairing Smiles with Restorative Dentistry
Dental Crowns and Bridges and Tooth-Colored Fillings
Damaged teeth don’t look, feel, or function like they should. While we do our best to help patients keep their smiles whole and healthy, there may come a time when you need our help to repair your teeth for renewed oral health. Dr. Joseph Sandberg’s years of experience in restorative dentistry allow him to offer patients at the South Jersey Center for Dental Medicine advanced treatment options to repair damaged smiles. Call our team to find out more, or to schedule an appointment at our Marlton, NJ dental office. We also welcome patients from Voorhees and Cherry Hill and all surrounding areas!
Traditional Dental Crown & Bridge
Dental crowns are advanced restorations that fit completely over the top of a damaged or decayed tooth, restoring form and function while also protecting the teeth from further wear or damage. A row of dental crowns fused together creates a fixed bridge to replace one or more consecutive teeth.
Whether you need a single crown to repair a damaged tooth or a fixed bridge to replace one or more teeth, the process is the same. We begin by preparing the tooth, removing a small amount of enamel to accommodate the additional structure. Then, we capture bite impressions that are used by our dental lab to craft the crown or bridge. Before you leave the office, we place a temporary to protect your prepared tooth or teeth. Once we receive the custom restoration, you’ll return to our office to exchange your temporary for the hand-crafted dental crown or bridge.
Tooth-colored fillings allow our team to repair a damaged or decayed tooth with a natural looking, long-lasting composite resin material. Traditionally, metal amalgams were used for fillings, but these materials had two main drawbacks. The fillings were immediately noticeable within the patient’s smile, and they required the removal of healthy tooth structure to create wedges that hold the filling in place. Composite resin fillings offer a wonderful alternative.
Tooth-colored fillings can be shaded to perfectly match your smile — and because the composite resin is applied directly to the tooth, there is no need to remove healthy dental structure to support the filling. Instead, we place the putty-like resin onto the damaged tooth. Then, we use a curing light to harden the composite resin filling into position. We can also use tooth-colored composite resin to conceal or correct cosmetic flaws. This cosmetic procedure, known as direct bonding, is a great way to perfect even the most cosmetically flawed smiles.
We work hard to repair even the most damaged teeth, but there are some cases when extraction is the best solution. If you need a tooth removal, we’re happy to offer safe, effective extractions in our comfortable, state-of-the-art dental office.
We may need to extract one or more teeth in the following situations:
- Severe decay or damage that affects too much of the tooth to support a restoration.
- In preparation for orthodontic realignment of crowded teeth.
- Prior to creating a partial or full denture.
- Wisdom teeth are the last to erupt into the smile, and in many cases, there is not adequate space within the jawline to accommodate this third set of molars. In order to avoid potential concerns caused by the crowding of teeth, we may recommend wisdom tooth extraction.