If you have broken teeth, missing teeth, or other problems that seriously impact your smile, restorative dentistry at the dental practice of Albert Mina, DMD, LLC, in St. Louis can return you to optimal dental health again. Dr. Mina has over three decades of experience, and he’s ready to help, so book your appointment using the online tool or by phone today.
Restorative dentistry is a broad area of dental care that covers restorations of all kinds. When something damages your smile, whether it’s a sudden accident or a slow-growing problem, restorative dentistry procedures can help you get your healthy teeth and gums back again.
Dr. Mina offers a variety of restorative dentistry procedures. Some of the most common include:
Fillings are the most common restoration. During a filling procedure, Dr. Mina removes any small areas of decay and then fills them in with gold, porcelain, silver amalgam, or composite resin. Composite resin fillings are the most popular choice because they match your tooth color. Dr. Mina applies composite resin in layers and uses a special light to cure the filling for strength.
In a root canal, Dr. Mina restores a tooth that’s too damaged to be repaired with a filling alone. Dr. Mina extracts your tooth pulp and then cleans out the area before filling it with a safe sterile material. Afterward, Dr. Mina places a custom crown for strength and stability.
Dental crowns are usually made from porcelain or ceramic. They cover your tooth completely, so they’re excellent for strengthening and concealing damage if you have an issue like a broken tooth. Dr. Mina creates an impression of your tooth to make sure your crown fits perfectly.
Bridges are replacement teeth. They fill in a gap between two healthy teeth. You can get a removable bridge, which clips into place, or a fixed bridge which uses crowns on the bordering teeth for support.
Dentures replace multiple teeth or even all of your teeth with realistic prosthetic ones. Conventional dentures are made once your teeth are extracted and then inserted 8-12 weeks afterward. Immediate dentures are made ahead of time, and Dr. Mina inserts them immediately following extraction.
Dental implants are teeth replacements, including artificial roots. Usually, they’re made of titanium or titanium alloys that are covered with dental crowns. Dental implants are permanent, but the crown may need replacement after 10 years or so.
If you have a problem like broken teeth or missing teeth, discuss your restorative dentistry options with Dr. Mina to choose the best procedures for your situation.
It depends on what procedures you have. For a filling, you need just one appointment but for major restoration like full-mouth dentures or dental implants, you’ll need several appointments.
Use the online booking tool or call Albert Mina, DMD, LLC, for your appointment today.