Restorative Dentistry – Camp Hill, PA
Invigorating the Function and Appearance of Your Smile
As we monitor your oral health, there may be times when we find a tooth that needs repair. In these instances, your dentist in Camp Hill will want to treat as quickly as possible in order to help you avoid a more complex and usually costlier treatment.
One of the more common dental diseases we treat is tooth decay. Dr. Singh is delighted with the appearance and performance of white fillings. Gone are the days when a filling meant having a dark metal spot in your smile. Today we use strong composite resin materials to create white fillings that only you and your dentist will know are there.
For a tooth that requires more complete coverage, there are porcelain crowns. Also called caps, these completely encapsulate a severely decayed, cracked or broken tooth in order to restore strength, form and function.
Why Choose Rina Singh, DDS for Restorative Dentistry?
- Digital Impression Technology In-House
- CEREC One-Visit Crowns Available
- Made from Metal-Free Materials
Dental crowns are available in a variety of materials to restore severe damage and decay, and the material used depends on a number of variables. We may recommend using a gold crown if it will be placed in the back of the mouth. If a patient has a heavy bite or not enough room, we may also recommend using a gold crown. More often than not, we will advise using porcelain dental crowns, which recreate the full form, function, and strength of damaged teeth.
Porcelain bonded to metal restorations provide a natural looking appearance at first, but overtime, the porcelain wears away revealing more and more of the dark-colored metal below. Metal-free, porcelain crowns retain their natural appearance even as the restoration begins to wear away. In most cases, people are unable to tell the difference between your restoration and natural dental structure. Some of the most common reasons we recommend dental crowns include:
- To repair large areas of decay or damage
- To replace a damaged dental filling and preserve remaining dental structure
- To protect root canal treated teeth and provide long-term fortification
- To enhance the overall appearance of less-than-perfect teeth
If you have one or more missing teeth in a row, dental bridges can fill the gap with functional, attractive replacements. The prosthetic features two crowns that fit over the natural teeth on either side, anchoring safely in place. Our team offers both traditional bridges and implant bridges, which are supposed by placed dental implants instead. This more modern approach lasts longer and is overall a healthier strategy as it supports the jawbone. We'll be happy to help you explore which option best fits your goals and budget.
Do you hate those ugly black fillings in your mouth? Do they show when you laugh or smile? These fillings can be replaced, so your teeth will look more natural.
If a small-to-medium sized filling is needed, a composite material will be used to match the color of your natural tooth. This material has been considered the cutting-edge option in dentistry for the past several years. They last as long as amalgam when used in the right situation and allow us to remove less of your natural tooth structure compared to amalgam. White fillings are placed in a single visit.
Replacement of larger fillings may require the use of tooth-colored crowns or overlays to protect and strengthen the remaining tooth structure and minimize the chance of tooth fracture. Both direct composites and overlays offer advantages over previous procedures. Since they are bonded to your tooth, they eliminate the need for extensive removal of tooth structure. Bonding can also strengthen your tooth. Of course, they also look like natural teeth!
One-Visit CEREC Crowns
To further our efforts, we recently invested in innovative CEREC technology that allows us to perform a variety of tooth restorations — from fillings to veneers to crowns — in a single appointment. Single-visit restorations mean no second anesthesia injection, no sensitive temporaries, and no second visit trauma from uncovering of the prepared tooth structure. This goes a long way in reducing your discomfort from the procedure and lessening long-term sensitivity of the restored tooth.
CEREC works by letting the doctor take a digital impression of your tooth using a specialized digital camera, model your crown, veneer or filling on the screen in front of you, and then produce the restoration while you relax in the chair.
Traditional partial and full dentures are used to repair smiles following significant tooth loss. Partials replace any number of missing teeth along an arch. We set the replacement teeth into a gum colored base that attaches to remaining teeth using metal clasps. Full dentures are custom crafted by setting an entire row of replacement teeth into a base that is molded to remain in place through natural suction between dentures and the patients’ gum line. Partial dentures are made with a flexible material which makes them more comfortable than traditional metal.