Leawood Restorative Dentistry
Health And Harmony
When your dental systems work in harmony with each other, your overall health and wellbeing can be improved as well. Problems such as cavities or missing teeth should be restored as early as possible to minimize any dysfunction and deterioration in your mouth.
This most basic restoration has undergone many changes and improvements. Instead of drills, we use air abrasion that blows a powerful stream of air to clear out decay and prepare your tooth for a tooth-colored filling. Air abrasion is also used to prepare your teeth for other restorative and esthetic treatments.
If you have a tooth that is badly decayed, broken or cracked, it usually cannot be fixed with a filling. Crowns, as the name implies, fit snugly over the old tooth, replacing the portion that is damaged. Dental Health by Herre has invested in CEREC advanced dental technology to make getting a crown much faster and more convenient for patients. What used to be a two-appointment process can be completed in one easy visit. We use CAD-CAM computer technology to mill a ceramic crown on-site that’s precisely and perfectly contoured. Instead of waiting several days, patients leave our office with their new crown in place in the same visit. Our crowns and other restorations are metal-free.
Bridges and Dentures
When one or more teeth are missing and there are healthy teeth on both sides of the open space, a dental bridge is an excellent solution. A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap and a false tooth (or teeth) in between. Bridges are fabricated from a variety of materials – most commonly ceramic. With proper care, your new bridge will enhance your oral health and give you a more confident smile.
If you have lost some or all of your natural teeth, dentures can be used to replace them. Depending upon your situation, we will fabricate partial or full dentures that are designed to look and feel like natural teeth. Advanced dental materials make it possible to create dentures that are more comfortable, durable and better fitting than those worn by past generations. Dental Health by Herre also offers implant-supported dentures that “snap” on to dental implants for improved security and function.
Inlays and Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays are restorations used to repair the rear teeth that have mild to moderate tooth decay. The difference between the two is whether the restoration only fills inside the edges (cusps) of the tooth, or covers one or more of the cusps. Inlays and Onlays match the color of your teeth, and are created of composite resin or porcelain.
Inlays and onlays are also used to restore cracked or fractured teeth if the damage is minimal and doesn’t require a crown. Occasionally, they are used to replace old or damaged fillings and can help to eliminate tooth sensitivity and tooth loss. We use CEREC technology to plan and place these restorations.
Full Mouth Rejuvenation
In some cases, every tooth in your mouth may need some form of restoration, such as fillings, crowns, implants, veneers and more. With full mouth restoration, the need of each tooth will be considered, as well as the holistic health and wellbeing of your mouth and the rest of the body. Dr. Craig and Dr. Tim apply Rejuvenation dentistry principles to restore your teeth to optimal form and function.
Dental implants are most often the best option for replacing missing teeth. Unlike removable dentures, dental implants are long-term replacements. They are biocompatible posts made up of titanium metal that fuses with the jaw bone and replaces the roots of your missing tooth/teeth.
Once the dental implants have successfully been placed, we fabricate a customized crown or bridge that will be permanently cemented to the titanium post.
Dental implants are durable and do not decay. Whether you are missing one, several, or all of your natural teeth, dental implants are designed to look, feel and function like your own.