Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dentistry is the study, diagnosis and integrated management of diseases of the teeth and their supporting structures and the rehabilitation of the dentition to functional and aesthetic requirements of the individual. Restorative dentistry encompasses the dental specialties of endodontics, periodontics and prosthodontics and its foundation is based upon how these interact in cases requiring multifaceted care.

Composite Fillings

Composite resin, or tooth-colored fillings, are used to fill decayed and broken teeth, as well as replacing failing amalgam(silver) fillings. The composite material will be shaded to match your natural tooth color and shaped to recreate the natural anatomy of your tooth.

Cosmetic bonding with tooth-colored composite resin can correct minor chips, cracks, spacing and misalignments in front teeth. Bonding can be an option if patients prefer not to have porcelain veneers. While bonding does not have the longevity of porcelain veneers, it is less expensive and is usually performed in on visit.

Crowns, Onlays, and Inlays

A crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is seated of the remaining tooth structure. The crown helps restore the strength, shape and appearance of a damaged tooth. Crowns are custom made for the patient by a dental lab and take two visits for completion.

Onlays and inlays are more conservative dental restorations than crowns. Inlays and onlays can often be used in place of traditional dental fillings to treat tooth decay or similar structural damage. Whereas dental fillings are molded into place within the mouth during a dental visit, inlays and onlays are fabricated indirectly in a dental lab before being fitted and bonded to the damaged tooth by your Dr. Munz. Onlays and inlays are longer lasting, more durable and stronger than a traditional dental filling.

Root Canals

When the nerve of the tooth becomes irreversibly damaged from decay, bacteria or fracture, the tooth can die and pose a risk for infection. The tooth can sometimes be saved by root canal therapy. If possible, Dr. Munz believes in saving teeth to keep your natural teeth intact. Root canal therapy allows you to keep your tooth even after it has been damaged.

Before the root canal is started, Dr. Munz will numb the tooth to make the procedure comfortable. When the tooth is adequately numbed, she will clean out the bacteria and nerve from inside the tooth and seal it to prevent re-infection. A tooth that has received root canal therapy will need a crown to restore strength and durability.

Dentures and Partial Dentures

Dentures are designed to replace all the teeth on an arch, whereas partial dentures fill in one or more teeth. Partials will use clasps that hook around the remaining teeth to help stabilize it. For increased stability, Dr. Munz may recommend an implant supported denture or partial. Dentures and partials can both be removed for regular care and maintenance.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are the best option to replace missing teeth and closely recreate what nature intended. Missing teeth can cause a negative impact on your self-esteem and overall oral health. Not only do missing teeth leave an unsightly space in your smile, they can also contribute to the remaining teeth shifting, bite problems, gum disease and bone loss. Because dental implants replace the tooth root, as well as the tooth crown, you can enjoy the strength and durability that will allow you to eat all the foods you love without struggling to chew.