Everyone wants teeth that are strong, healthy, and white. That what all of our staff at Tulip Tree Dental want for people, too.
Sometimes, though, otherwise healthy teeth develop problems. The most usual problem is one or more cavities due to decay. Decay is most often due to plaque building up around the teeth and eroding the enamel. Sometimes, a dental filling can fail, allowing bacteria to enter the tooth. Teeth can crack, chip, be broken or knocked out due to accident, or just wear out through use.
When your teeth need to be restored or replaced, count on Tulip Tree Dental. We offer a wide variety of restoration options to help you chew comfortably, relieve tooth pain, and restore your smile.
Dental fillings are the most common restoration, but today’s composite fillings are both durable and much more attractive than traditional silver amalgam fillings. In fact, composite fillings are nearly impossible to spot in casual conversation.
Root Canal Therapy
Dental pain from infection can be excruciating. During a root canal procedure, we’ll completely numb the tooth and the surrounding area. Then, we’ll carefully open the tooth and remove the infected pulp, together with the nerve. A very natural-looking dental crown will seal completely your tooth and restore your ability to eat.
Dental crowns are a very common way to repair a tooth that has broken, decayed beyond beyond the point where a filling can restore function, or worn down badly.
A crown fits over the visible part of the tooth, sealing it completely and restoring its function. The crowns we create are made of tooth-colored porcelain or zirconia. Which type is used depends in part on which tooth is involved.
Veneers are usually employed for cosmetic purposes, but they can also help restore functionality to cracked and worn teeth in some cases. The e.max veneers we use are very durable and blend perfectly with the shade of your teeth.
Dental Implant Restoration Services
Dental implants are composed of two parts: the implant itself, which is placed by an oral surgeon, and the restoration, or the part that replaces the missing tooth, which is attached to the implant. That restoration might be a single tooth, a number of teeth, or even a complete upper or bottom arch of teeth.
Implant restorations are very strong and restore almost 100 percent of your chewing power. They’re durable – with reasonable care, you should expect at least 10 years before the restoration should be replaced. The implant itself normally will last as long as you live.
We custom-design your restoration to match the size, shape, and color of your existing teeth or to your preferences. Dental implants, because of their strength, durability, and maximum possible chewing power, are the preferred restorations for many people. You’ll be proud to show off your beautiful restoration as you smile.
Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants. Dr. Hurcomb will carefully evaluate the condition of your gums and underlying bone and let you know whether implants will work for you.
For more information, please visit our Dental Implants page.
Fixed and Implant-Supported Bridges
A fixed dental bridge is a restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. It’s basically a series of dental crowns in a single unit. The crowns at either end are bonded to your existing teeth. The crowns (restorations) in between fill the gap where one or more teeth need to be replaced. As with dental implants, functionality, appearance, and comfort are our primary concerns. We custom-design your fixed dental bridge for your specific needs
A dental bridge can also be supported by implants. Securing the bridge to implants increases its strength and its security compared to bonding the bridge to existing teeth.
We also offer implant-supported bridges, which are often used to replace multiple teeth. You can learn more by visiting our Dental Crowns & Bridges page..
Get Your Best Possible Smile and Eat Comfortably
With the many options that Tulip Tree Dental offers to restore and replace your teeth, there’s no need to continue to be embarrassed to smile or to put up with uncomfortable chewing. Dr. Hurcomb and the staff will thoroughly assess your needs and work with you to select the best options to meet all your needs.
You can schedule a consultation by calling our South Bend, IN dental office at 574-208-5668. You can also use our online scheduling application to send us a message and include whatever details you care to share. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you to reach your goals.