Restorative DentistrySolutions to better your smile
Your smile today may not be as brilliant as it once was. Years of wear and tear, injury or poor care can hurt the look and function of your teeth. But there is hope! Dr. Wilhite and his team change lives everyday through restorative dentistry. Crowns, bridges, dental implants and other treatments can restore your pain-free, healthy smile.
When the decay has been taken out of the tooth, it is replaced with “filling” material. In the past, amalgam (silver) fillings were placed into the tooth. With advancements in dentistry, you can now have tooth-colored fillings. You may even elect to remove your old silver fillings in favor of new, undetectable tooth-colored fillings.
Inlays / Onlays
Sometimes removing tooth decay effectively requires the removal of a portion of your tooth. The removed portion is replaced with a porcelain inlay or onlay. Dr. Wilhite will customize an inlay or onlay to fill that space. We offer the newest porcelain-milled inlays/onlays that are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth and provide relief from chewing pain, cavity pain and tooth degeneration.
You can erase years of wear and tear with porcelain crowns. Sometimes called “caps,” porcelain crowns are individually customized, covering broken, cracked or discolored teeth. A crown is a durable, long-lasting method of enhancing both the look and functionality of your smile. After preparing the tooth, Dr. Wilhite will position a custom-milled, lifelike porcelain crown over your damaged tooth, restoring and renewing your oral health.
When teeth are missing, your mouth undergoes significant changes. Missing teeth cause you to chew differently and may cause mouth pain. As your remaining teeth work to compensate for the loss, gaps and spaces form that make the situation worse. A porcelain bridge, custom designed by Dr. Wilhite, can keep your smile aligned and your bite functional. Bridges are anchored to existing teeth or crowns on either side of the missing tooth. They are semi-permanent, meaning they can only be affixed or removed by a dentist and are a long-term restorative solution to your damaged smile.
A dental implant is one of the most permanent forms of restorative dentistry and can be used to restore one or several teeth. Dental implants involve the placement of a surgical grade titanium post directly into your jawbone by one of the doctor’s trusted specialists. As the bone bonds to the post, it forms a secure foundation for the attachment of a crown or a prosthetic tooth customized for you. Implants are sometimes used instead of bridges to maintain the integrity of the teeth on either side of the gap.
Implant Supported Dentures
While typical dentures shift and require the use of denture adhesives to stay in place, the use of implants that fit solidly reduce the problems associated with traditional dentures. Implant-supported dentures distribute your biting pressure more like natural teeth, stimulating the supportive structures of your teeth and helping to prevent shrinkage of bone and soft tissues. An entire set of teeth can be replaced with beautiful, natural-looking implants.
Your confidence fades and appearance transforms after tooth loss. With dentures, you can return to you normal life even after the loss of your teeth. Offering only the most advanced removable dentures to best fit you, Dr. Wilhite and his team will guide you every step of the way. Our team creates custom dentures and will help you select the shade and shape. You walk away with great fitting dentures that look just like real teeth.
Partial dentures are created to replace multiple missing teeth that cannot be corrected with a bridge. A partial denture is created to replace those teeth. This type of denture is made from a synthetic material supported with a lightweight metal. It mimics your gum tissue and teeth to create a natural looking smile while still remaining functional. A partial is important once teeth have been removed to preserve the bone and to keep existing teeth from tilting and growing in towards the gaps.