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Kevin L. Shelton, DDS
John W. Gallegos, DDS
Molly E. Stice, DMD

Restorations

Rejuvenating the Health, Function, and Beauty of Your Smile with Dental Restorations

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How healthy are your teeth? If you're like most, you may have had one tooth or many that have become weakened or lost due to damage, trauma, severe decay, or oral infections such as gum disease. Fortunately, the exceptional team at Park Place Dental Group can help repair your teeth to their optimal health, function, and beauty by combining the art and science of our dental restorations and restorative dentistry services.

You don't have to live with dental issues that interfere with your daily routine or natural aesthetics. Call or visit any one of our two locations in Glen Carbon and Shiloh today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to helping you achieve a restored smile that warrants essential self-esteem and improves the overall quality of life.

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What is Restorative Dentistry?

Restorative dentistry is the study, diagnosis and combined management and treatment of diseases of the teeth, gums, and other supporting oral structures. It also involves the rehabilitation of the smile to meet the functional and aesthetic needs of the patient.

Restorative dentistry consists of multiple dental specialties such as endodontics, periodontics, and prosthodontics, which lay the foundation for renewing a once - threatened smile to its optimal health and function.

Some examples of what restorative dental care involves often includes the following:

  • Repairing dental damage from trauma, decay, and/or disease
  • Restoring comfort, proper chewing, and speaking
  • Replacing missing teeth from root to crown
  • Correcting wear, bite, or space issues
  • Rejuvenating dental aesthetics
  • Relive dental pain or discomfort

Types of Dental Restorations

These days, you have many choices to repair, worn, decayed, damaged or missing teeth thanks to a variety of dental restoration options. Our dentists provide two types of dental restorations and your treatment will depend on your specific needs and the extent of your dental issue.

Direct restoration of a tooth involves placing white composite filling onto the prepared tooth during a single office visit. Our team chooses the best materials for your restorations to ensure durability and natural aesthetics.

Indirect tooth restoration involves using customized tooth replacements, like porcelain crowns. These types of restorations encompass a tooth's entire chewing surface, helping preserve its natural structure.

We utilize natural-looking, porcelain crowns that help strengthen your once-damaged tooth while enhancing dental aesthetics.


Our Comprehensive Restoration Options

Whether you need single-tooth repair due to damage or decay, or you are experiencing difficulties due to missing teeth, our team proudly provides a wide range of reliable restorative solutions each tailored to your smile.

Our available treatments include:

Each restorative treatment and dental restoration we provide is fabricated by qualified and trusted dental laboratory technicians who only use the highest quality of body-safe, natural-looking materials.


How Do Dental Implants Work?

3D render of dental implant

Tooth roots provide the essential stimulation your jawbone needs to stay strong and healthy. There's nothing to keep your jawbone from weakening and shrinking when teeth are missing. Missing teeth can significantly affect oral health and overall health.

Bone loss and recession of the gum tissue caused by tooth loss can jeopardize the density and function of your jaw.

Dental implant posts consist of body-safe titanium that simulates artificial tooth roots and fuses with living tissue and bone. Dental implants provide your jawbone with the stimulation it needs to remain strong, healthy, and intact.

What Can Dental Implants Do for Me?

The benefits of dental implants extend far beyond improving your smile's appeal, along with halting jawbone weakening and altering natural facial features. They are designed to completely replace missing teeth from root to crown because dental implants successfully fuse with tissue and bone.

Some of the most important benefits offered by dental implants include:

  • Prevent or halt further bone loss
  • Keep neighboring teeth in place
  • Help preserve facial features
  • Look, feel, and function like natural teeth
  • Reestablish proper eating and speaking
  • Can last a lifetime with proper care

Schedule your consultation with our team to find out what dental implants can do for your smile as well as your overall well-being. We can determine if dental implants are right for you with a detailed conversation and a comprehensive examination of your current oral and dental environment.

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How Can Dental Restorations Fix My Missing Teeth?

When dental implants support restorations, they provide a secure and reliable foundation for replacing missing teeth from root to crown.

At Park Place Dental, we provide the following dental restorations supported by implants:

Crowns - are beautiful, life-like dental caps that complete single-tooth replacement. The titanium post that serves as the artificial tooth root is attached to your crown. An implant-supported crown is often an ideal solution for those seeking to replace a single missing tooth.


Fixed Bridges - are reliable solutions to patients in need of a replacement for two or more missing teeth in a row. These restorations fill gaps caused by missing teeth and allow rejuvenated dental function and natural looking results.


Dentures - combine some of the best features of dental implants and traditional dentures. For easy cleaning, they are removable but securely attach to your implants. Dentures are often ideal for those who don't have any remaining teeth left in their smile.


Partial Dentures - are similar to traditional bridges but clip onto neighboring teeth. They are a great solution to replace large gaps without altering neighboring teeth within the smile.

Am I Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Ideal candidates for dental implant treatment must have a strong jawbone that will support implants for proper healing.

If you have had missing teeth for a lengthy period and have not had them replaced, your jawbone may have weakened and shrunk to the point where implant placement may not be an ideal solution.

To find out for sure if dental implants will be able to help you, please call or visit any one of your two locations to set up your comprehensive consultation!

Have More Questions About Dental Implants? Ask Us!

Consider these important questions to ask our doctors when visiting Park Place Dental Group for restorative care with dental implants:

  1. Will insurance cover dental implants?
  2. Are there alternatives without dental implants that can restore my smile?
  3. If I have dentures, is it better to get implants?
  4. While waiting for an implant, can you get a temporary tooth?
  5. How long do I have to wait to get my implant placed?
  6. How much does dental implant treatment cost?

Our team will be happy to discuss any concerns and answer any questions you may have about our restoration options.


Restoring Teeth After Damage, Trauma, and Decay

Our restorative dentists will always try to preserve your natural teeth, if they can, before resorting to more complex treatment.

When teeth have chips, cracks, fractures, or other damage caused by an accident, trauma, or decay, it can hinder the appeal, health, and function of your smile. Filling cavities, sealing dental spaces, and repairing tooth enamel can help prevent further damage or decay.

Dental care professionals often recommend the following two restorations for addressing damage within your smile:

Fillings are a type of restoration used to "fill" the area on the tooth after removing decay. Fillings are also used to repair to repair cracked, chipped, broken or worn teeth due to clenching or grinding. Among the most popular types of fillings are composite fillings.

We use composite or tooth-colored fillings to provide good durability and fracture resistance in small to medium-sized fillings that can withstand moderate pressure from constant chewing. For those who prefer the natural look, they are a good choice.

Crowns may be needed to help restore teeth that have become less structurally sound over time. Crowns enclose the visible part of the tooth completely, correcting its appearance and protecting your tooth's interior.

Crowns are also needed to help seal off further damage or to prevent re-infection from entering a tooth after root canal therapy.


Save Your Smile with Root Canal Therapy

diagram of root canal therapy

If you experience persistent tooth pain or sensitivity, then decay and infection may have entered your tooth's inner soft tissues, and prompt treatment is necessary for trying to save your natural tooth as much as possible.

Root canal therapy's primary goal is to preserve your natural tooth structure while preventing extraction. Decay eats away at the enamel and creates cavities that can easily be corrected if detected early.

Tooth decay may spread to the inner structure, known as the root canal, if left untreated, infecting the connective tissues and nerves. Root canal therapy is designed to effectively remove the infection, reduce the need for extraction, and save the most natural tooth possible.

Only when you are numb and comfortable, will we start your procedure. We gently remove decay and infected pulp then the empty channels are sanitized and filled with an antibacterial material that supports the structure of the inner tooth. We then prepare the treated tooth for your custom crown.

What are the Advantages of Root Canal Therapy?

Although many believe that root canal therapy treatment is painful, invasive and uncomfortable, it is designed to save your teeth while alleviating discomfort.

Saving teeth with root canal treatment has many advantages:

  • Helps preserve natural tooth structure
  • Restores efficient chewing
  • Restores normal biting force and sensation
  • Preserves natural appearance
  • Protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain
  • Alleviates severe tooth pain and discomfort

Caring for Your New Smile

By keeping dental plaque under control and your mouth clean with a consistent oral hygiene regime, this significantly helps your dental restorations stay beautiful and long-lasting.

Your routine should include brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush at least twice a day, as well as using fluoride toothpaste. Mouthwashes are also effective in strengthening the surfaces of your tooth in addition to daily flossing.

Need More Help? Here are 6 Helpful Tips for Taking Care of Your Restorative Dental Work!

After your restoration treatment is complete, our team will take the time to educate you on the proper care for your new-and-improved smile.

  1. Brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day
  2. Use electric or soft bristled toothbrushes
  3. Make sure to floss every day
  4. Avoid hard or sticky foods
  5. Use an antibacterial mouthwash
  6. Limit your consumption of surgery drinks and foods

Discover Your Restoration Options Today!

At Park Place Dental Group, we can provide you with the most reliable and highest-quality of restorative care that addresses your dental issues and helps you reach optimal oral function and health.

Schedule your restorative appointment at either of our locations to explore your options for achieving your best smile yet!

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