Restorative Dentistry at Auburn Family Dental
You do not have to live with damaged, discolored, or have unwanted gaps; there is a dental procedure that is right for you. Restorative services will improve the beauty and function of your smile. From fillings and crowns to bridges and implants. Dr. Marie Durflinger can help you determine what solution is best for your unique situation.
Tooth-colored fillings restore surface areas of your teeth damaged by decay. At Auburn Family Dental, Dr. Marie Durflinger uses the tooth-colored composite material to fill in the tooth’s surface after all decay has been removed. She selects the exact color, so the fillings blend into your natural tooth shade seamlessly.
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At Auburn Family Dental, Dr. Marie Durflinger creates beautiful, life-like porcelain crowns to replace teeth that have been damaged or discolored. Porcelain crowns restore the natural beauty and luster to your smile. Crowns protect and strengthen teeth that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. They are ideal for teeth that have large, fractured or broken fillings and also for those that are badly decayed and severely fractured.
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A dental bridge will replace a missing tooth resulting in aesthetic and functional improvements. The bridge is made up of one or more artificial teeth which are then anchored in place by neighboring natural teeth, crowns, or implants. This restorative option will fill the gap created by missing teeth and help restore proper bite function. Additionally, the bridge prevents teeth from shifting towards the gap preventing further bite and jaw joint complications. Dr. Durflinger will help you with the material choice depending on the structural requirements, wear, and aesthetic needs of your situation.
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If teeth need to be removed?
With many state-of-the-art dental treatments and prevention options available in dentistry today, there are fewer reasons having to extract (remove) teeth. When something does go wrong with a tooth, we try to do everything possible to restore the tooth to its original function. Removing a tooth is the last option because we know that removal may lead to severe dental and cosmetic problems if the tooth is not replaced. Losing a tooth can be a very traumatic experience, and it’s very unfortunate when it does happen. Injury, accidents, severe dental decay, and gum disease are the major reasons for having to remove a tooth. If teeth are lost due to injury, they have to be removed; it is imperative that they are replaced to avoid cosmetic and dental problems in the future.
When a tooth is lost, the jaw bone that helped to support that tooth begins to atrophy (shrinks) causing the teeth on either side to move toward the open space of the lost tooth. These movements may create problems such as decay, excessive wear on certain teeth, and TMJ (jaw joint) problems. These problems and movements do not result immediately, but will eventually appear, compromising your chewing abilities, the health of your bite, and the beauty of your smile.
Dentures are a traditional option to replace all missing teeth in one dental arch. Dentures are a removable appliance. We custom craft dentures to closely resemble the patient’s original smile. Here at Auburn Family Dental, we encourage you to bring in photos of that smile so we can recreate the look you desire.
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Partials are used when some of your natural teeth are missing. Partials not only fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, but it also prevents the teeth from shifting. The partials can be an intermediate step if you cannot afford a bridge or implant at this time.
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A dental implant is a post made of metal that is designed to replace missing teeth. It is made out of titanium and is placed surgically into the jawbone where the tooth is missing. The restoration uses a post and crown to closely replicate your missing tooth. Unlike a bridge or removable partial, an implant is a great stand-alone alternative that does not impair neighboring teeth that are healthy, which do not require treatment.
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