Corrective Treatment for Teeth and Gums in New Jersey
Restorative dentistry encompasses the branches of prosthodontics, periodontics, and endodontics, and refers to the process of diagnosing and treating diseases and decay of the teeth and gums. Ideally, dentistry is preventive, and regular office visits are designed to stave off any oral disease. However, the reality is that many adults require restorative dentistry treatments at some point in their lives, in the form of gum disease treatment, root canal therapy, or dental prosthetics.
If you would like to learn more about your restorative dentistry options, contact Dr. Bucher in Oakland, New Jersey today.
Functional and Aesthetic Tooth Restorations
In the case of missing teeth, restorative dentistry provides several options for dental replacements. Because a missing tooth can inhibit the function of the jaw, lead to further dental decay, and leave a conspicuous gap, it is important to replace missing teeth with a dental restoration.
Dental implant restorations with New Jersey cosmetic dentist, Dr. Richard Bucher, provide patients with long lasting and natural looking replacement teeth without the need for temporary solution such as dentures or bridges. At Laser Dentistry of New Jersey, dental implants consist of titanium tooth roots that are placed by Dr. Bucher and permanent dental crowns that are fashioned by our New Jersey cosmetic dentist. Once the tooth root is placed, the living bone naturally fuses with the implant. Dr. Bucher then uses his artistic ability and dental skill to manufacture and attach a crown that is ideally suited for your smile over the implanted tooth root. Dental implants are an excellent option for many patients at our office. If you are missing one or more teeth and are seeking the most advanced solution in modern dentistry, please contact our office for a consultation.
Dental implants are often chosen for their stability and lifelike quality. When dental implants are placed, a titanium post fuses with the jawbone to create an artificial tooth root. Attached to the implant post is an abutment, which will serve as an anchor for a prosthetic tooth.
A dental bridge is comprised of two crowns on either side of a dental prosthetic. The two crowns are placed over the adjacent teeth, providing support for the replacement tooth.
A crown is a porcelain or ceramic cap that covers the entire visible portion of a tooth, from the gum line upward. When a tooth is severely damaged or decayed, a dental crown provides protection from further erosion, restores function, and prevents extraction.
Gum disease resulting from the buildup of plaque and bacteria can be remedied with one of several periodontal treatments:
- Root planing and scaling removes tartar from above and below the gum line, and smooths the rugged surface of the tooth root, where bacteria can accumulate.
- A flap procedure pulls back sections of the gum in order to deep-clean the tooth root and repair bone damage caused by periodontal disease.
- A gingivectomy refers to the reshaping and repositioning of diseased gums in order to eliminate pockets where bacteria accumulate.
Technological advances in restorative dentistry have made it possible for these traditional periodontal treatments to be performed with lasers. Using the Waterlase® laser system, Dr. Bucher can direct light energy and a gentle stream of water into infected pockets between the gums and teeth, gently and efficiently removing diseased gum tissue and dislodging tartar buildup.
The advanced dental technology used in Dr. Bucher’s Oakland office allows periodontal procedures to be performed quickly, with more precision and less pain than traditional treatments.
Root Canal Therapy
When a tooth has been badly damaged, root canal therapy may be performed to remove infected pulp and nerve tissue. By using a laser to perform this procedure, Dr. Bucher eliminates the need for dental drills. greatly reducing patient discomfort.
The laser penetrates the tooth’s natural crown, creating a space through which the diseased pulp will be removed. Once the pulp is removed, the tooth will be capped with an aesthetic crown. While many experience anxiety at the prospect of root canal treatment, the advances in laser technology have made it a simple and relatively painless procedure.
Learn More about Restorative Dentistry
If you are in need of family, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry, contact Dr. Bucher in Bergen County, New Jersey and experience the comfort provided by cutting-edge technology.