Repairing Smiles Restorative Dentistry in Anaheim Hills
If your teeth are chipped, cracked, or broken, Hillsview Dental Care can repair them. Dr. Zareh, Dr. Mohtashami, and Dr. Mazhari have all extensively trained in the art of restorative dentistry, which is solely dedicated to helping people’s damaged smiles. If your teeth have seen better days, don’t worry, we can bring them back to their former glory. We have a variety of treatments that can address any problem your teeth might have, and they will all give you a functional, gorgeous smile.
If your silver fillings make you feel self-conscious when you smile, consider replacing them with tooth-colored fillings. Tooth-colored fillings are just as durable as they are attractive! Made of composite resin, they match the natural color of your teeth and are an excellent option for small to mid-sized cavities. Tooth-colored fillings are strong, stain-resistant, and require less removal of your tooth structure than silver fillings.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canals get a bad rap. We ask that you don't believe the rumors; the dreaded root canal isn't actually dreadful at all! Root canals are needed when either decay or an injury infects the inner tooth (the pulp). In the earliest stages of infection, you may not feel any pain at all, but when it progresses, you could experience swelling or the formation of a dental abscess. Root canals remove the infection and prevent it from spreading. Thanks to laser root canals, this process is faster, more comfortable, and, in many cases, more thorough than conventional root canals. Pulp capping is an alternative to root canals that is used when the infection has yet to penetrate the pulp. Pulp capping can also prevent a large dental filling from getting too close to the nerve.
In most cases, we’ll work our hardest to ensure patients keep their healthy, natural teeth, but there are some situations where extraction is unavoidable. The most common reasons for tooth extraction include:
- Severe decay that may affect surrounding teeth
- In preparation for orthodontic treatment due to crowding
- Facial trauma that leads to significant fractures, cracks, or breaks
- Infection that spreads to the gums, leading to abscess or other advanced concerns
- The presence of third molars (wisdom teeth), which often need to be removed because of late eruption and lack of space in the jaw
For patients missing numerous teeth, a complete smile may seem like a distant memory, but comfortable, affordable partial dentures can replace what has been lost. Crafted with custom dental prosthetics set into a gum-colored base, partial dentures use metallic clasps or clips to connect to remaining healthy teeth and complete patients’ smiles. These removable dentures offer reliable form and function and give patients back the ability to eat a more varied diet, speak clearly, and smile with confidence.
Dental bridges have been used for centuries to replace missing teeth. Today, they’re still considered one of the most durable, conservative, and cost-effective options for bridging the gap between a missing tooth and surrounding teeth. Comprised of two anchoring teeth and a replacement tooth, dental bridges help prevent surrounding teeth from drifting out of position, improve chewing and speaking, and keep your natural face shape intact.
There are three types of dental bridges: 1) traditional dental bridges, 2) cantilever dental bridges, and 3) Maryland bridges. Traditional bridges have either dental crowns or dental implants on either side of the missing tooth, plus a replacement tooth that’s held in place by a post-like structure called a dental abutment. Cantilever dental bridges are used in cases where there are surrounding teeth only on one side of the missing tooth. Maryland bridges are made of a specialized resin that is cemented to a metal framework and bonded to the enamel of surrounding teeth.
Dental bridges typically take 2-3 weeks to complete and are less invasive than other tooth replacement options such as dental implants. With good oral hygiene and regular dental visits, dental bridges can last up to 30 years.
Using dentures to replace your missing teeth is not only great for your oral health, it's a great way to look and feel younger! Today, there are a variety of natural-looking and comfortable dentures for patients who need to replace their missing teeth. Made of a gum-colored plastic resin or acrylic base and resin or porcelain replacement teeth, dentures are custom-designed to fit your unique mouth. If you have several teeth or all teeth missing on the upper or lower jaw, full dentures may be your best option. Partial dentures, which can be either fixed or removable, are great for patients who have several missing teeth scattered along the upper or lower jaw.
The process of getting dentures may take a few months and several dental visits. In some cases, however, same-day dentures are also possible. With same-day dentures, the dentures are created right in the dentist's office instead of at an offsite laboratory. Same-day dentures aren't for everyone, though. If your dentures require a lot of customization, same-day dentures may not be right for you.
Just as with your natural teeth, dentures require daily maintenance. With regular wear and tear, your dentures can last 5-7 years. During that time, you may need periodic denture relines to accommodate changes in the contours of your mouth. Regular denture relines involve resurfacing the base to ensure that your dentures fit and function perfectly. If you break your dentures, it's critical to bring them to your dentist for professional denture repair. Home denture repair kits can cause even more damage and be even more costly to fix.
Oral surgery is an umbrella term for treatments such as dental implants, wisdom teeth extractions, and bone grafting. Dental implants, an excellent solution for missing teeth, are surgically placed tooth roots that hold dental crowns in place. A wisdom tooth extraction may be recommended if there isn't enough room in your mouth to accommodate them and they become impacted, partially erupted, or infected. Bone grafting transfers bone from one part of the jaw to another, usually to accommodate a dental implant. While a general dentist can perform some oral surgery procedures, an oral surgeon is required for others.