Restorative Dentistry

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Blue Stone Hills Dentistry, located in Harrisonburg, VA, can provide a wide range of restorative dental services. Dr. David Curtin and Dr. Sarah Janowski can typically provide every type of dental service without having to refer you to other specialties. This flexibility saves you time and keeps your total dental care within one practice.

Crowns

A crown is a custom-made covering that fits over an original tooth that is either decayed, damaged or cracked. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials such as porcelain, gold, or a mix of these materials. Porcelain generally has the most natural appearance, although it is often less durable.

The treatment plan for a patient receiving a crown involves:

  1. Numbing the tooth.
  2. Removing any decay.
  3. Re-sculpturing the tooth to provide an ideal fit for the crown.
  4. Making an impression of your teeth in order to create a custom-made crown (usually takes one to two weeks).
  5. Making a temporary crown out of acrylic resin and fitting it onto the tooth during the interim period when the custom-made crown is being created.
  6. Applying the custom-made crown (when received from the lab) by removing the temporary crown and fitting the custom-made one onto the tooth.
  7. After ensuring that the crown has the proper look and fit, the dentist cements it into place.

This process generally consists of a minimum of two visits over a three week period. Once the procedure is completed, proper dental hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, is required to maintain healthy, bacteria-free teeth, gums and crowns. This helps in the prevention of gum disease. Given proper care, your crowns can last a lifetime.

Bridges

A bridge is a dental device that fills a space that a tooth previously occupied. A bridge may be necessary to prevent shifting of the teeth that can lead to bite problems (occlusion), jaw problems, and periodontal disease.

  • A fixed bridge consists of a filler tooth that is attached to two crowns, which fit over the existing teeth and hold the bridge in place.

CEREC One-Visit Crowns & Restorations

We are proud to provide CEREC 3-D Technology to our patients in need of restorations. The CEREC system has revolutionized the dental field by meeting the needs of our patients in a more convenient manner. Gone are the days where the patient must return for multiple visits to complete a crown. CEREC Technology can design, fabricate and place a ceramic restoration in just one visit!

These crowns are not always the right solution for a particular tooth, but are sometimes the best choice.

How does CEREC work?

This simple process only takes four steps!

First, the decay or old filling is removed and the tooth is shaped as necessary.
Then, the teeth are digitally photographed by a 3-D camera, which eliminates traditional impressions.
Next, computer-aided design (CAD) software is used to design and create a customized restoration specifically to closely match your teeth and meet your specific dental needs.
Finally, the restoration will be checked for position, placement and bite function. Once the dentist determines the fit is good, the crown is cemented permanently in place. When you leave, you already have your permanent restoration – there is no need for temporaries or follow-up appointments!

What are the advantages of CEREC?

CEREC holds several advantages over conventional restoration systems, including:

  • Your restoration is started and completed on the same appointment – no wait times, no temporary crowns, no return visits!
  • Less need for local anesthetic and fewer shots.
  • All CEREC restorations are made from natural-looking, tooth-colored porcelain material that is metal-free, very bio-compatible and plaque-resistant.
  • In many cases, healthier tooth structure can be saved, since the restoration can be used in place of a full crown.

Root Canals

A root canal is a procedure that extracts decayed pulp from the central part of the tooth, reshapes the canal and replaces it with strengthening filler.

Left long enough, tooth decay can burrow into the deeper reaches of the tooth, causing extensive damage to tooth structure. When the damage goes beyond what can be treated with a filling, dentists can perform a root canal (or endodontics), preserving the tooth and retaining its original integrity; thereby, saving a tooth that in the past would have to have been pulled.

Procedure:

  • The patient receives local anesthesia of the tooth.
  • A dental dam is used to isolate the tooth.
  • The tooth is opened to allow for removal of infected or dead dental pulp.
  • The tooth is comprehensively cleaned, including any cracks and canals.
  • With special tools, the doctor reshapes the canals.
  • The tooth is filled again with cutting-edge biocompatible filling material.
  • A temporary covering is used to cover the access opening.

Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Your third molars are more commonly called "wisdom teeth." Usually appearing in the late teens or early twenties, third molars often lack the proper space in the jaw to erupt fully or even at all. This common condition is called impaction. When any tooth lacks the space to come through or simply develops in the wrong place of your jaw and becomes impacted, problems can arise. Primarily, damage to adjacent teeth and crowding occur.

In certain cases, the wisdom tooth that cannot come through becomes inflamed under the gums and in the jawbone, causing a sac to develop around the root of the tooth that then fills with liquid. This can cause a cyst or an abscess if it becomes infected. If either of these situations goes untreated, serious damage to the underlying bone and surrounding teeth and tissues can result.

To potentially stave off this result, an extraction of one, several or all of the wisdom teeth may be advised. If that is the case, we have the equipment and training needed to perform such extractions, with an absolute minimum of discomfort. Ask our staff for more information regarding tooth extractions if you feel you may need one.

Full & Partial Dentures

Periodontal disease, injury and tooth decay can all cause a loss of your natural teeth. However, we can bring back the smile on your face with dentures to restore your missing teeth. With improved technology and updated materials, dentists can now make them appear more natural and more comfortable for the patient.

Types of Dentures

There are two types of dentures: complete and partial.

  • Complete dentures cover the patient’s entire jaw.
  • Partial dentures rest on the remaining natural teeth with their metal framework and replace multiple missing teeth.

To know which type is best for you, be sure to ask your doctor.

It may take some time to adjust to your dentures. Speaking and eating may feel different at first, but these regular activities will resume normally once you are accustomed to your dentures.

Blue Stone Hills Dentistry

  • Blue Stone Hills Dentistry - 2342 Blue Stone Hills Dr., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 Phone: 540-433-3625

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