Improving Your Smile and Your Life with Dental Restorations

Many dental visits involve examinations and hygienic treatments to preserve healthy teeth. Often, the dentist must also restore teeth that have been damaged by decay or trauma. Fortunately, modern dentistry equips dental professionals with many procedures that can treat everything from minor cavities to tooth loss.

Dr. Brian Carkeet is a dentist in Bishop who can get your teeth in great shape no matter what issues they may have. People place their trust in his gentle approach and quality care for excellent dental treatment.


Do I Need to Restore My Teeth?

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You only have one smile. When it comes to your dental health, prevention is key, and it comes in many forms. Regular examinations and cleanings, for example, help you avoid tooth decay, gum disease, and other potential systemic issues.

However, if you already have a tooth that is compromised by decay or damage, preventing against more severe conditions can be achieved with restorative solutions. Restorative dentistry offers a wide range of customizable treatments designed to help return dental health, strength, and integrity as well as ensure proper bite and function.

With advanced dental technology and high-quality materials, our highly-skilled team can design truly personalized restorations that blend with your natural tooth structure for optimal aesthetics.

Our Available Restorations

While the focus of our restorative dentistry services is to protect and strengthen teeth, there are preventive and cosmetic aspects to each treatment as well.

To help you find the perfect restoration regardless of the severity of your situation, we provide a wide range of restorative treatments, including:

What Benefits Can I Expect with Restorative Dentistry?

Restorative dental care has numerous advantages, not only for your smile’s aesthetics, but for your overall health and well-being.

Better Health Overall can be achieved because restorative dental care not only focuses on aesthetically repairing your teeth but also on removing infection and decay while preserving original dental structures. You will experience better overall health when your body does not have to fight off gum disease or other dental infections.

Less Discomfort is achieved when procedures such as root canal therapy remove inflamed tissues and nerves damaged by injury or decay. Restorative dental care removes the source of the infection to protect against possible tooth loss.

Enhanced Aesthetics are achieved when your smile is rejuvenated with top-quality restorations using body-safe, tooth-colored materials. Dull, worn, damaged, or weakened teeth are restored to look and feel like new.

How Will I Know if I Need a Composite Filling?

It can be difficult to determine when a filling is needed. Perhaps the most telling signs are tooth sensitivity, pain, or discomfort. Don’t settle for the temporary relief of numbing agents or put off seeing a professional. For consistent pain in one or more teeth, schedule your appointment with our team as soon as possible.

We will get you seen quickly and do an examination to analyze the tooth in question, check your bite, and measure your level of discomfort. For minor chips, cracks, cavities, or other damage, fillings can be an excellent solution.

Should My Metal Fillings be Replaced with White Composite?

Typically, if your metal fillings are faulty or show signs of damage, replacing them is a good idea. Composite fillings are a natural color for a more aesthetically pleasing solution. While concerns about the amount of mercury levels in metal or amalgam are often enough to opt for composite, replacing these fillings should be due to the integrity of the tooth.

If you're unsure whether your metal dental fillings need to be replaced, contact Dr. Carkeet. Our dentist will gladly explain more about our composite material fillings.

How Can I Help My Fillings Last?

Once your new fillings are placed, you’ll want to do what you can to help them last. Here are a few helpful tips we suggest you keep in mind to keep your fillings looking and functioning their best:

  • Continue a good dental hygiene routine
  • Eat a well-balanced diet
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Don’t Smoke or use tobacco products
  • Look out for signs of teeth grinding or clenching
  • Keep up with your bi-annual dental visits

What Happens During a Root Canal Procedure?

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Root canal therapy is needed when the innermost chamber of your tooth containing the nerves and tissues, also known as the pulp, becomes inflamed and infected. This could be due to many situations, such as an injury, accident or severe decay.

Most people associate with a lot of pain and discomfort with having a root canal. Modern technology and anesthetics make root canal therapy quick, safe, with improved comfort. Treatment is designed to alleviate dental pain, not add to it!

During your procedure, your tooth is numbed to ensure complete comfort. To keep it dry, a thin, flexible sheet called a rubber dam is placed over your tooth. The infected pulp tissue is removed from the root canal, and the chamber is then cleaned, disinfected, and filed with a body-safe material.

Finally, to ensure strength and continued durability, we place a life-like porcelain crown to restore your treated tooth completely.

How are Dental Crowns Used?

Crowns have many benefits because of their life-like appearance, strength, and versatility.

One of the primary benefits of crowns is that they can be combined with many other procedures to treat any number of teeth.

Crowns can benefit your smile by being used in these four common ways:

  1. By themselves to encompass a severely chipped, cracked, misshaped, or fractured tooth
  2. With dental implants to replace a single missing or lost tooth
  3. After root canal therapy to protect a treated tooth from further damage or re-infection
  4. With bridges, partials, and dentures to restore smiles with one to an entire arch of missing teeth.

Restoring Your Smile After Tooth Loss

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Despite good dental care, sometimes you can still experience tooth loss. There are several treatment options available that will return beauty and function to your smile, whether you are missing a single tooth, a row of teeth, or a full arch of teeth.

For comprehensive tooth replacement, implant-supported restorations may be your best choice. This method replaces both the tooth’s root and the crown and has the added benefit of preventing bone loss in the jaw, which is a common problem after tooth loss.

Dental Implants - are titanium posts that fuse with the bone to provide a secure anchor for a prosthetic crown, bridge, or denture. Life-like crowns are attached to the implant posts and are designed to complement your unique features. They are highly successful, and when properly cared for, can last a lifetime.

Fixed Bridges - which are typically used to replace one or two missing teeth, begin by fortifying neighboring teeth with crowns. Then, prosthetic teeth are cemented onto the adjacent crowns, and the entire bridge is matched in color and designed to give you a natural and beautiful appearance.

Full and Partial Dentures - are made of acrylic that is matched to the natural color of your teeth and gums. They can be customized to your unique preferences for a restoration that is life-like and beautiful. A full denture can either attach to gums with an adhesive paste or be affixed to dental implants for reliable security. A partial denture clasps onto neighboring teeth and provides excellent form and function.

Dr. Brian Carkeet for Quality Restorations

Dr. Brian Carkeet warmly welcomes patients to his dental office with expert and quality care. He restores dental health to people in Bishop and the surrounding communities. Give his office a call for beautiful smiles that optimally function.


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