At Westlake Family Dentistry, we understand that dental problems like tooth decay, broken and missing teeth affect not only your oral health, but your ability to enjoy your favorite foods and share your smile with confidence. We also understand the hesitation many folks face when it comes time to schedule a dental appointment. We want you to know we use only the most advanced technology and materials – and that we will do whatever it takes to make your experience with us as pleasant and relaxed as we can.
Fillings – like everything else that has been touched by technology – have evolved. The industry standard used to be metal amalgam fillings that were not only unattractive and unstable, but potentially toxic to the human body due to their mercury content. The current standard is porcelain tooth-colored fillings – they are strong, safe, withstand temperature changes easily, durable enough to withstand everyday wear and tear, and are color-matched by Dr. Sievert to blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth.
Inlays and onlays can be a solid intermediate restorative solution between a filling and a crown. An inlay fills a larger portion of the biting surface than a filling contained within the cusp (the rounded edge of your tooth); an onlay fills and covers the biting surface of your tooth including up and over the cusps. Inlays and onlays:
If you have a tooth that’s badly decayed or broken, you may need a crown to restore it to health. Crowns are tooth-shaped caps that fit over any remaining healthy tooth structure to bring the tooth back to its full health and purpose. These days crowns are made from tooth-colored porcelain that looks, feels, and functions just like natural teeth. A new crown can protect your tooth and maintain oral health while restoring full aesthetics to your smile.
If you are a candidate for dental implants, we always recommend them for the replacement of missing teeth. Dr. Sievert places the implant post, which is then left to heal for 3-6 months. When the jaw has healed sufficiently, Dr. Sievert places the crown restoration on the implant post, preserving the neighboring teeth for full form and fitness. Dr. Sievert has undergone extensive training and has the advanced technology to provide surgical dental implant placement and restoration from the comfort of your dental home.
If you have any questions about restorative dentistry or would like to schedule an appointment with your Lake Oswego restorative dentist, Dr. Sievert at Westlake Family Dentistry, give us a call or request an appointment online below. We can’t wait to smile with you!
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