It’s Never Too Late!
get your smile back
If you have a damaged, decayed or missing tooth in Forest Lake, you may feel self-conscious about your smile, and have trouble doing things like chewing and speaking properly. At Forest Lake Smiles, Forest Lake dentist Dr. Jonathan Siverson can help. We can restore both your smile and your bite, and help you get back to your day-to-day life. Call (651) 464-8207 today to schedule an appointment!
Understanding the Value
What is Restorative Dentistry?
Restorative dentistry refers to the practice of using dental procedures and prostheses (such as dental crowns) to restore the natural appearance and function of your smile, particularly after a tooth has been damaged or lost. Teeth can become damaged or fall out due to issues like extensive tooth decay, periodontal (gum) disease, or oral trauma like tripping and falling or a car accident.
What We Offer
Types of Restorative Procedures
We offer a wide range of restorative dentistry services, including:
- Composite dental fillings
- Dental crowns
- Dental bridges
- Full dentures
- Partial dentures
Treat Cavities & Prevent Further Decay
We use composite (or tooth-colored) fillings at our office, as opposed to metal amalgam fillings. These fillings are made of dental resin that will be matched to the color of your tooth. When used to fill cavities, they have a number of advantages over to metal amalgam fillings.
For one, they look and feel more natural, since they match the color of your natural teeth. They also provide a very durable hold, and require the removal of less enamel when preparing your teeth. For these reasons, we only offer composite fillings at Forest Lake Smiles.
Restore & Protect Damaged Teeth
A dental crown is a false tooth that is designed to cover up your natural tooth all the way down to the gum line. Your natural tooth will be prepared to create a stable platform, then a crown that matches your teeth perfectly will be built and bonded in place over your remaining enamel.
With a crown, you can restore your natural smile and your bite after your tooth has become damaged. Dental crowns also protect the remaining tooth structure from further decay or damage.
Replace A Missing Tooth
Dental bridges are used to replace one or more adjacent missing teeth. They use two crowns, which are attached to healthy “abutment” teeth next to your missing tooth. One or more false teeth (pontics) can be suspended between these two crowns, “bridging” the gap and restoring your smile.
Restore One Or More Missing Teeth
Full & Partial Dentures
Partial dentures are a fast, affordable way to restore your smile if you’re missing multiple teeth. They consist of a metal-and-plastic framework that supports one or more false teeth. Partial dentures are usually held in place by metal clips that attach to your healthy teeth.
Full dentures, in contrast, are only used if you are already missing most (or all) of your natural teeth. This is because they must be fitted directly onto the gums, and require the removal of all of your remaining teeth. If your teeth have been compromised by extensive decay, gum disease, or major oral trauma, full dentures are a cost-effective, fast way to restore your smile.