Patients come to Virginia Beach Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for a number of dental needs. In addition to routine oral exams, your Virginia Beach dentist is skilled in restoration options to provide patients with beautiful smiles.
Rather than experiencing the embarrassment and hassle of chipped or missing teeth, Dr. Mary Lewis can perform restorative dentistry procedures to repair teeth for proper function and performance. When patients experience cavities, chipped teeth, or missing teeth they may suffer from pain and reduced function. In some cases, the damage to a single tooth can adversely affect surrounding teeth as well. Dr. Lewis is able to treat the problem at hand and prevent future problems from arising.
Dr. Lewis is pleased to offer several options for dental restoration in Virginia Beach. During your oral exam, Dr. Lewis will discuss your options to help you decided which method is best for you and your individual needs.
Tooth decay creates cavities that affect the structure of the tooth and can be painful. To repair the tooth and prevent further damage, cavities can be filled with tooth-colored fillings. A composite resin is used to fill the space and mimic the appearance of the natural tooth.
Dental crowns are made of porcelain and custom designed to match existing teeth. The crown is placed over the natural tooth that has been severely affected by decay, recently undergone root canal therapy, or has been affected by other issues. The natural tooth is shaped to allow space for the crown and to provide stability. A crown provides proper function will maintaining as much of the natural tooth as possible.
Dental bridges, sometimes also referred to as fixed bridges, are commonly used to repair missing teeth. The bridge acts similarly to a partial denture, but is permanently attached in the mouth. To create the bridge, one or two of the surrounding teeth are reshaped to support the missing tooth or teeth. These teeth are capped with crowns, joined by the false tooth that fills the space. This false tooth is called a pontic. Just like a crown, your dental bridge is customized for your individual needs. It will improve performance function and aesthetics of the teeth.
Dental implants are ideal for patients with h2 jaws who require tooth replacement but who prefer not to impact the adjacent teeth. With a dental implants, periodontist will insert a titanium post into the jaw. This implant will fuse to the jawbone to provide a h2 foundation, similar to that of a natural tooth. After the implant has fused and healed, the area is prepared for a crown or bridge. The strength of a dental implant allows patients to enjoy their favorite foods.
Full & Partial Dentures
Dentures are a removable means of replacing missing teeth. The porcelain teeth are mounted to a gum-colored base and allow patients to speak, eat, and otherwise function like they would with their natural teeth. The main difference between fixed restoration and full and partial dentures is their ability to be removed.
If you are in need of dental restoration in Virginia Beach, contact the office of Dr. Mary Lewis today. Her friendly staff is available to respond to online messages or to take your call at (757) 631-9200.