Restorative Dentistry – Beverly, MA
How We Make Dental Problems Disappear
A broken or decayed tooth is a nuisance. It can make eating unpleasant, smiling feel awkward, and for many patients, it can also be a source of consistent pain. Thankfully, with our restorative treatments, we can bring back practically any tooth from the brink of extraction. Our artistic touch and use of the most advanced materials enable us to help even the most damaged tooth look like new again, often in just one or two easy appointments.
Why Choose Beverly Farms Dental for Restorative Dentistry?
- Tooth-colored fillings fix cavities & blend with any smile
- Custom-made crowns specially-designed for every patient
- Able to replace any number of missing teeth
In the not too distant past, fillings were made of a metallic material called amalgam, and they were the best way to quickly repair small cavities and slightly damaged teeth. While these fillings are extremely strong and durable, their big issue is that they are a dark gray color, which makes them instantly stick out in any smile. Their metallic nature inevitably makes a tooth much more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures as well.
Today, fillings are still the ideal way to fix cavities, but they no longer use amalgam. Tooth-colored fillings are actually made of a composite resin material, and it comes in a variety of natural shades. This means we can choose the color that best matches a patient’s enamel, making the restoration blend in seamlessly. Even better, the resin enables us to place smaller and more conservative fillings, allowing us to better preserve a tooth and ensure its longevity.
A dental crown gets its name from the fact that it literally sits on top of a damaged tooth. It not only protects the remaining tooth, but the shape of the crown can also be designed to fully replenish a tooth’s appearance and function as well. With a crown, our dentists can:
- Repair a cavity that is too large for a filling
- Replace lost dental structure
- Put a broken tooth back together
- Hold a weakened tooth together
- Restore balance to the bite
- Cosmetically improve an oddly-shaped tooth
- Replace a missing tooth (when paired with a dental implant)
Crowns usually take two appointments to design, fabricate, and place, and they can be made of a variety of materials, including silver, gold, porcelain, and porcelain-fused-to-metal. Which one is best? It really depends on the location of the tooth. A back tooth primarily needs to be strong, so a metal crown would be most appropriate, but for a front tooth where aesthetics really matter, we would probably recommend a 100% white porcelain crown.
When a tooth goes missing, it can mean more trouble than simply having a gap in the smile. Missing teeth often lead to a higher risk of gum disease, which in itself is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the US! To help patients dealing with one or more missing teeth, we have a number of strong, durable, and natural-looking replacements, ranging from traditional dental bridges and dentures all the way to dental implants. In short, whatever a patient might need to enjoy their complete smile again, they’ll find it here at Beverly Farms Dental.