A Healthy Smile Through Dental Restorations

Few things make it more difficult to smile than when your teeth are damaged, missing, or causing you pain. As your dental care team, our mission is not only to help you maintain a healthy smile, but to address whatever problems are affecting your oral health.

Dr. David J. Novak is passionate about helping you overcome dental issues and enjoy a healthy, well-functioning smile. We provide quality restorations, from simple fillings to complete dentures, to bring your smile back to good condition.

Don’t live another day in pain or regret of your smile. Contact our office today to learn how we can help.


Do I Need a Restoration?

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Dental restorations are designed to repair or replace teeth compromised by damage, disease, or decay. When a health issue can’t be addressed by dental cleanings and at-home hygiene alone, a restoration is often the next step.

Dr. Novak starts with a thorough exam to determine the nature and extent of your dental damage. As your dentist, his goal is always to help preserve your existing teeth as much as possible. He recommends the most appropriate conservative treatment and works with you to develop a treatment plan you feel comfortable and confident in.

Restorative Dental Options

Our office provides a variety of restorative treatment options to ensure that our patients can receive the care they need from a single trusted source. Our restorative dental care includes:

Dental Implants for Permanent Tooth Replacement

Dental implants have grown in popularity in recent years as a replacement option for those who’ve lost teeth. Implants consist of a titanium post placed in the jawbone where a tooth has been lost, effectively becoming a new tooth root. As the only restoration capable of restoring both the root and crown, they offer support and durability equal to that of real teeth.

Would Implants Be Right for Me?

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Most people who’ve lost teeth would be good candidates for dental implants. The most important aspect to consider is how much jaw bone strength and density you have.

When teeth are lost, the jawbone loses the chewing pressure it relies on to stay strong. Without that pressure, the body stops supplying nutrients to the bone, eventually causing it to shrink in a process called resorption.

If the jaw bone is too depleted, it may not be able to keep the implant stable. Likewise, there may not be enough bone between the upper jaw and the sinuses to support the implant post. In both cases, a bone graft may be used to strengthen or lengthen the jaw, allowing it to hold the implant and restore your healthy smile.

A healthy mouth is also necessary to provide the foundation for implant placement. If you have gum disease or similar health issues, it’s important to address these health concerns before undergoing implant placement.

5 Benefits of Dental Implants

Implants come with a variety of benefits for those missing teeth. Here are five positive effects that you can expect from dental implants.

  1. Stability – An implant anchors the restorations in place, providing greater stability and durability.
  2. Versatility – Strategic placement allows implants to support everything from a single tooth to a complete dental arch, making them useful for every unique dental situation.
  3. Permanence – Implants fuse directly to the bone, becoming a complete part of your jaw. The success rate for implants is above 95%.
  4. Health – Implants preserve your jaw bone strength by acting as a new tooth root. They also keep your bite aligned and enable effective chewing for better digestion.
  5. Aesthetics – Implant-supported restorations look and feel real, enhancing your smile and preserving a healthy, natural aesthetic.

The Dental Implant Process

Getting dental implants takes several sessions over a long period, but the results last a lifetime. The first step is assessing whether you are eligible for dental implant surgery.

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Once you’ve been evaluated and any necessary treatments, such as bone grafting or gum disease treatment, have been carried out, a placement plan is completed. How many implants you receive will depend on your overall health and how many teeth must be replaced. Single implants, bridges, and partial dentures may receive one implant for every one or two teeth, depending on the need. However, with strategic placement, it’s possible to support an entire dental bridge on four to six implant posts.

The implant surgery comes shortly after, where the implants are carefully placed in the jawbone. This is followed by a healing period of several months, which allows the tissues to heal and the implants to fuse to the bone, creating strong support. Your custom prosthetic is also fashioned during this time, and you may be provided with a temporary restoration depending on your need.

Finally, you’ll receive your custom crown, bridge, or denture. Once fixed into place, this permanent restoration will look, feel, and function just like your natural tooth.

Composite Fillings for Seamless Smiles

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Fillings are the most common type of restoration in both children and adults. Tooth decay can happen at any age, and while poor hygiene and sugary diets are often the cause, even those with a good health routine can potentially develop a cavity.

Fillings are a simple and effective way to deal with decay and preserve your tooth. First, the dentist removes the decayed enamel to keep it from spreading through the tooth. He then uses a special composite material to fill in the space, strengthening the tooth and preventing further cavities.

How Did I Get a Cavity?

Many people believe that only children get cavities since they often consume sugary foods and haven’t yet learned proper dental care. However, cavities can happen at any age, and poor hygiene is only one of many factors that make it possible.

Smoking is a common cause of tooth decay, as it weakens the enamel and also promotes gum disease. Other, more surprising contributors include genetics, dry mouth (especially from medications), and worn-out dental restorations.

Why Choose Composite Fillings?

On top of being more aesthetically appealing than the standard amalgam (metal) filling, composite fillings offer numerous benefits to those who select them. With composite fillings, you enjoy:

Smaller fillings: Composite resin can fit into smaller spaces and bonds tightly to the enamel, allowing the dentist to preserve more of your natural enamel on average with this type of filling.

Biosafe materials: Composite resin is considered safe for the body and contains no mercury or heavy metals of any kind.

Improved aesthetics: These fillings are carefully matched to the shade of your tooth’s surrounding enamel, and once the dentist shapes them, they blend in completely with the rest of the tooth.

Full Smile Recovery with Full & Partial Dentures

Dentures have been a staple in dentistry for centuries, and are still one of the most common tooth replacement options in use today. Whether you need a few teeth replaced or an entire dental arch, you can receive custom dentures to complete your smile with ease.

What Kind of Dentures Should I Get?

There are three main types of dentures available. Dr. Novak will work with you to help you determine which type will serve you best.

Full Dentures: The most familiar type of dentures, these replace an entire arch of teeth in the jaw. Comprised of an acrylic base and prosthetic teeth, they are custom-made to fit over the gums using suction or dental adhesive.

Partial Dentures: These are used to replace a group of teeth when you still have strong, healthy teeth remaining. They can be customized to any shape and dental arrangement, and are held in place by metal clasps that anchor to your remaining teeth.

Implant-Supported Dentures: These can replace some or all of your teeth, and are permanently held in place by dental implants. The number of implants needed depends on the number and location of the missing teeth, among other factors.

Complete Restoration with Crowns

Whether your teeth are cracked, worn down, or facing decay, a crown offers versatility and complete protection. Each crown is a custom-shaped cap that fits neatly over a prepared tooth, protecting it from outside damage and decay.

Our office provides porcelain crowns that help to safeguard your teeth while maintaining your aesthetic. With a crown, you can speak, eat, and chew without complications or pain.

Fixed Bridges for Full Restoration

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Replacing a few teeth in a gap is a straightforward process with dental bridges. Capable of replacing up to three teeth in a gap, a dental bridge is comprised of prosthetic teeth (called “pontics”) suspended over the gums and anchored to crowns placed on the neighboring teeth. The bridge is fixed into place, so you don’t have to worry about slipping or coming loose with chewing pressure.

Patients today also have the option of choosing implant-supported bridges. These rely on an implant at each end to keep them stable, leaving the nearby teeth unaltered and unaffected.

How Root Canal Therapy Saves Teeth

If tooth decay is not stopped before reaching the inner tooth, the bacteria responsible can overwhelm the soft inner tissues with a severe and painful infection. Because the body has no way to counter infections within the tooth, dental care is needed to provide relief and healing.

Root canal therapy is the primary method for treating such infections. An access point is created, and the painful infected tissue is removed. The inner chamber and root canals are then cleansed of any remaining bacteria. After strengthening the tooth roots and filling in the space within the tooth, a crown is typically placed over it to prevent damage and further infection.

This treatment allows the dentist to save the tooth, protecting your overall smile and oral health

When is Root Canal Therapy the Right Choice?

When an inner pulp infection takes hold, there are two methods for dealing with the situation – extracting the tooth, or removing the infection through root canal therapy. There are different aspects to either option, and each must be approached on a case-by-case basis.

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Most dentists agree that it is important to try to preserve the natural tooth as much as possible. Losing teeth comes with numerous health consequences, and replacing teeth is an expensive process. This is why many dentists like Dr. Novak always look for options to save your teeth when problems arise.

However, the most important thing is understanding how your overall health would be affected. If the tooth is compromised by severe decay, broken, or is loose due to gum disease, it may not be viable or safe to keep. In these cases, an extraction may be the safest and healthiest option.

Dr. Novak is always thorough and careful when recommending treatment options, and helps each patient understand their choices. You can always depend on him to work with you to select a treatment plan that is personalized to you and your needs.

Your Healthy Smile Comes First

Dr. Novak and his team are committed to helping you achieve your ideal healthy smile by preserving and restoring your teeth. If your smile leaves you uncomfortable or in pain, don’t put off getting the help you need! Contact our office and schedule your appointment today!