If you experience sensitivity to temperature, sweets, or just when chewing, you may have a problem with one or more of your teeth. Some problems have very simple solutions, and some are more complicated. But in almost every case, we can help with our restorative dental services.
New and Replacement Fillings
If you need a filling to repair a cavity or need to have an older filling replaced, our staff at Silver Falls Family Dental Care can provide you with a natural looking, durable filling. Dental fillings can restore your teeth to their original shape and function, and can also help to protect your teeth from further problems. By closely matching the color and shape of your surrounding teeth, our dental fillings are virtually invisible and bring the shine back to your smile. Due to years of wear and tear, even the most durable fillings can start to break down at the edges, which can lead to new decay or weakening of the surrounding tooth structure. If you have received fillings over the years, Dr. Pyper will closely monitor them for any signs of failure.
Dental crowns are essentially tooth-shaped “caps” that restore the appearance, shape, and strength of a natural tooth. They can be constructed from a variety of materials, but at Silver Falls Family Dental Care, we prefer crowns fabricated from high-grade porcelain/ceramic, or zirconium — a white, translucent metal with superior strength and high aesthetics. Occasionally a patient will still request a traditional full gold crown, which we are happy to provide as well. A crown procedure typically requires two visits to our Silverton dental office. Dr. Pyper will begin the process by removing any decay to prevent further damage and then shape the tooth so that it can accommodate the crown. Then, he will fit the tooth with a temporary crown to help protect the tooth and maintain its position in the mouth while the permanent crown is fabricated at our excellent dental laboratory. On your next visit, Dr. Pyper will remove the temporary crown, and replace it with a permanent crown. Once placed into the ideal position, the permanent crown will be cemented into place, leaving you with a natural looking and functioning tooth.
Missing teeth can negatively impact your ability to eat, speak and maintain quality oral health. Dental bridges, like partial dentures and implants, can be used as a replacement for missing teeth. Based on your individual needs, there are a variety of dental bridges available that can help restore the function and appearance of your smile. Dental bridges can be made using zirconium, gold, porcelain, or a combination of these materials, and must be custom created to fit your natural bite and smile. Fabricating and placing a bridge typically takes two appointments as well.
Made from titanium, dental implants are surgically placed into your jaw bone by a specialist to take the place of tooth roots. Once in a stable position, Dr. Pyper can use an implant to anchor a crown, bridge, or denture. Dental implants have such a natural looking appearance that most people can’t distinguish between the implant crown and a natural tooth. Dental implants offer a variety of advantages, including increased functionality and stability, and excellent longevity. Dental implants tend to look and feel better than traditional dentures or dental bridges, an will also offer superior stability and durability required to withstand daily use. Dental implants will last a lifetime if properly maintained.
New and Replacement Dentures
For patients who are now missing many or all of their teeth, or for patients whose remaining teeth are not salvageable and will need to come out, partial or full dentures may be your best option to replace those missing teeth. Dentures are removable appliances made of hardened acrylic resin to appear like natural teeth. A full denture will simulate all the teeth in the upper and/or lower arch. A partial denture will fit around remaining natural teeth and replace those that are missing with matching acrylic teeth. There are many options for full or partial dentures. Dr. Pyper will thoroughly discuss all options with you, and together you will make an educated choice about what type of denture would work best for you in your specific situation.