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Restorations

At the dental office of Dr. Grace-Mary Hume & Dr. Michael Carpentier, our team knows just how important a healthy and fully-functional smile is to your overall well-being and your everyday quality of life. Our restorative dental treatments use advanced technology and the highest quality of materials to transform your smile.

Contact our Walnut Creek dental team today to discover how our restorative dental care can give you your confidence back!

What is Restorative Dentistry and How is it Different from Regular Dental Care?

Restorative dentistry takes the pivotal foundation of dentistry and focuses specifically on repairing and restoring the integrity, function, and overall beauty and health of the smile’s essential dental structures.

If you have serious dental problems of any kind, we encourage you to contact us so we can carefully create a corrective treatment plan to help restore your smile.

What Restorative Treatments are Available?

Whether you need restoration for a tooth that has been damaged by physical trauma or decay, or you have problems with missing teeth, schedule your examination and consultation with our team to find out what restorative treatment can do for you.

At the dental office of Dr. Grace-Mary Hume & Dr. Michael Carpentier, we proudly provide the following restoration options:

  • Dental Inlays
  • Dental Implants
  • Dentures & Partial Dentures
  • Fixed Bridges
  • Root Canal Therapy

When are Dental Restorations Necessary?

Although it is always encouraged to stay consistent with your oral hygiene routine in between dental visits, your smile is still vulnerable to conditions that could compromise its function and health, and sometimes, these situations are out of your control.

Dental restorations are carefully designed to address a wide range of issues including:

  • Damage due to injury or accident – Sports injuries, car accidents, falling, or other accidents can lead to damage such as chips, cracks, fractures, broken enamel, or even loss of teeth.  
  • Tooth decay – Inconsistent oral hygiene, or sugary foods or drinks can lead to cavities which develop into more advanced decay if not addressed promptly.  Removing the damaged area will stop further deterioration and help you keep your natural tooth structure. 
  • Toothache – Tooth decay, gum disease, broken or chipped teeth that can expose the nerve can all contribute to a throbbing toothache.
  • Dental infection – A tooth infection can cause your tooth to ache, leading to soreness, sensitivity, or severe mouth pain. One of the first signs of a problem is a sore or throbbing tooth. The infection must be removed properly to avoid spreading throughout the mouth or body.
  • Tooth loss – Replacing a lost tooth or teeth can prevent neighboring teeth from moving into the gap, causing problems with chewing, jawbone density, and facial features.

If you have any of these problems, there is a good chance there is a restoration treatment that can get you back to optimal oral health.  

What If My Teeth Are Just a Little Damaged?

Dental Inlays are a type of indirect restoration used to efficiently repair cavities and tooth decay, primarily on the teeth where more chewing power is necessary. Indirect treatments mean that the inlay is fabricated outside of the mouth as a single, solitary piece, which fits the unique size and shape of your cavity.

Inlays are often ideal for restoring the surface of a tooth with minor damage due to decay. Once applied, inlays provide seamless sealing of the tooth’s surface while preventing further damage.

Our inlays are made from porcelain materials that are incredibly durable and can last with proper care for up to two to three decades.

What Solutions are There for Missing Teeth?

Each tooth in your smile is important and helps you chew, grind up food, speak clearly, and express yourself. Your teeth also play a key role in your facial structure and appearance. Not replacing even one tooth can cause neighboring teeth to shift out of correct alignment.  

Our Walnut Creek dental office provides the following traditional and implant-supported restorations:

  • CEREC® Crowns
  • Fixed Bridges
  • Full Dentures
  • Partial Dentures
  • Dental implants

CEREC crowns can restore strength and longevity to a previously damaged tooth. With CEREC technology, porcelain crowns are created within a single visit for a perfect and natural-looking fit.  

Fixed bridges can replace up to three missing teeth in a row. Unlike traditional bridges that are anchored by utilizing neighboring teeth, fixed bridges use dental implants as a foundation and is a complete tooth replacement option.

Full and partial dentures are intended to replace many teeth or up to an entire arch of missing teeth. These restorations match your gums and natural teeth. The traditional appliances are supported by metal brackets or dental adhesive and suction. Implant-supported dentures and partial dentures offer a secure, permanent solution to replacing multiple missing teeth.

Dental implants can be used with crowns, bridges, partials, and dentures to replace one or all missing teeth completely. 

How Do Dental Implants Work to Replace Missing Teeth?

Dental implants use biocompatible titanium that is surgically inserted into the jawbone to fuse with living tissue and bone. Because implants replace the most pivotal part, the tooth roots, they have unmatched restorative abilities.

Dental implants consist of three essential parts, the titanium post, the abutment or “connector” that is responsible for connecting your restoration to the post, and the final restoration that is attached to the implant.

5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Dental Implants

Since their accidental discovery in the 1950s, dental implants are still considered one of the most successful and beneficial methods for replacing missing teeth. They have been deemed by many dental professionals to be the next best thing to real teeth. 

Below are five reasons why you might want to consider dental implants for replacing your missing or lost teeth:

  1. High success rate
  2. Long-lasting, reliable and secure
  3. Natural looking and comfortable
  4. Improved ability to eat and chew
  5. Preserved bone and facial features

Can Anyone Get Dental Implants?

It is a good idea to discuss it carefully with our dentists first if you are interested in dental implants. Treatment with dental implants may be an option for you if you are in good overall health. Your current oral health, gum health, and jawbone density should be evaluated to qualify you for implants.

I Think I have a Dental Infection – What Do I Do?

Do you have a debilitating toothache that won’t go away? Are your gums red and sore around the tooth in question? If so, chances are you have a dental abscess or infection.

Your teeth consist of several layers, including the protective enamel, the inner dentin, and the inner chamber known as the pulp. The pulp contains connective tissues, soft tissues, nerves, and blood vessels that are all vital to its health. The integrity of the tooth is jeopardized when the pulp becomes inflamed due to infection and may result in contamination spreading to other teeth and soft tissues. This is where root canal therapy comes in.

As your leading dental care providers, our priority is to save as much of your natural tooth structure as much as possible. We aim to achieve this by providing root canal therapy.

Are You Fearful of Root Canal Therapy? Here’s What You Can Expect!

Although root canal therapy developed a negative reputation over many years, the procedure has dramatically improved. This treatment is designed and performed to alleviate pain, eliminate infection, and save your natural tooth or teeth. Our team takes the time to walk you through every aspect of your treatment, so there are no surprises or cause for fear.

The treated area is thoroughly numbed during each root canal treatment, alleviating any anxiety and maximizing your comfort.

Inner infection and inflammation can damage the tooth and, if left untreated, eventually lead to possible extraction. Modern procedures such as root canal therapy provide the opportunity to save your natural smile.

5 Ways Root Canal Therapy Can Benefit Your Smile

A notable advantage of undergoing root canal therapy is that it saves your teeth. The procedure can be completed comfortably by our experienced and qualified dentists.

Some of root canal treatment's many advantages include:

  • Alleviating of pain and discomfort
  • Stop abscess formation
  • Eliminating the spread of bacteria and infection
  • Restoring ability to eat, chew and bite normally
  • Saving of natural tooth structure

Explore Your Restoration Options

With over 30 years of restoring smiles, Dr. Grace-Mary Hume & Dr. Michael Carpentier proudly serve patients and families throughout Walnut Creek and the surrounding communities.

If you'd like to learn more about our restoration services can restore the health, beauty, and function of your smile, don't hesitate to contact us today!


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