Broken teeth or cavities happen to the best of us. The important part is treating these needs as quickly as possible, and preventing further complications from occurring later on down the road. Restorative treatments don’t just have to just be functional; we also want them to look natural (or even better). That’s why we use tooth-colored restorations. Dr. Andler’s approach to restorative care helps patients go from a broken mouth to one that is stronger, healthier, and looks beautiful for years to come.
Dr. Andler uses only resin and porcelain fillings for his patients. Not only do these restorations look natural and blend in with the appearance of the tooth, but they also help to re-build the tooth and seal off bacteria from entering back into the tooth. There is less tooth preparation needed with composite fillings, making them minimally invasive compared to traditional metal fillings. Metal fillings also have disadvantages such as leaky margins, risk of cracking tooth enamel, and more tooth preparation. Tooth-colored composite fillings can be placed in areas of new decay, or used to replace aging metal fillings for a more natural appearance.
Inlays and onlays are sometimes called “3/4 crowns.” They restore broken teeth when fillings are not adequate, but when there is enough healthy enamel where a full coverage crown isn’t needed. Our on-site CEREC machine allows us to create these restorations and place them in the very same day.
Full coverage crowns allow us to restore the full tooth and ensure that it has the strength for normal use for many more years. We utilize all porcelain crowns that are free of metal and therefore more compatible with oral tissues. Our CEREC machine allows us to take digital impressions of the teeth and create custom dental crowns in just one treatment appointment.
1 or 2 missing teeth can be replaced with dental bridges that are placed across the open space and secured onto healthy support teeth. A bridge is similar to 3 or 4 crowns all bonded together, but designed to look like individual teeth.
There’s never been a better way to replace missing teeth than with the modern dental implant. We use computer guided CT scanning to place implants in just the right location so that healing times are reduced and stability is predictable. Implants can be used to replace single or multiple missing teeth, or all of the teeth in the mouth!
When tooth decay has extended into the inner nerve chamber of the tooth, or some other type of infection or trauma has occurred, endodontic therapy (root canals) help save the tooth and keep it structurally sound. During this treatment, damaged nerve tissue is removed, and the inner chamber of the tooth is sealed off with a filling material. Dr. Andler performs endodontic treatment here at our location for anterior and premolar teeth.