Restorative Dental Care

Tooth Colored Fillings/Bonding

Tooth Colored Fillings/Bonding

A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.
Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic therapy, is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function. The modern techniques that we practice here at Southard Dental have made this tooth saving procedure much more effortless and painless.
Crowns

Crowns

A crown is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
Fixed Bridges

Fixed Bridges

A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.

About Crowns & Bridges

Bridges

Bridges replace missing teeth and are permanent, not removable like dentures and partials. However they do depend on healthy, adjacent teeth for support. They can be fabricated from all ceramics, yellow/white gold, or combination of porcelain and gold. Usually they are made metal free and look just like real teeth. If crowning adjacent teeth for the purpose of a bridge does not appeal to you then you may have an implant placed and have a single crown placed on the implant for a little more cost. If the adjacent teeth need crowns, a bridge can fix both problems in one procedure which can save you lots of money.

Crowns

Crowns are made usually from all ceramics at Southard Dental, but combinations of yellow/white gold or porcelain can be used as well. Crowns are single units for individual teeth. Any dental procedure which employs all-ceramic materials is considered “cosmetic dentistry”. Bridges are similar to crowns, but span over multiple teeth to support areas that are missing teeth.