Restorative Dentistry in Washington, DC
Your whole mouth is important for your wellness and at Aesthetic & Family Dentistry of Washington we partner with you to ensure a lifetime of oral health. It's important to restore lost and damaged teeth. When teeth are missing, your mouth compensates for the lack of chewing power in that area. Chewing force shifts to another part of the mouth, which can cause unwanted changes in your mouth, along with jaw tension and pain.
Composite Tooth-Colored Fillings
We provide patients with the newest and best restorative materials available, some of which are bonded ceramic composite resins. Not only do they look natural, they provide excellent service and protection for your teeth. They seal the teeth, insulate well against hot and cold, and if they wear down can be repaired more easily than other materials. Composite fillings actually strengthen your teeth because of the way they bond to tooth enamel leaving no space for decay. Many people who make cosmetic improvements, such as veneers, on their front teeth elect to replace dark silver fillings in their back teeth with bonded ceramic resins.
For years debate in the dental profession has focused on the pros and cons of silver amalgam fillings, which contain about 50% mercury. While mercury is known to be harmful, the harmfulness of amalgam fillings is still under debate. We have chosen to not use silver amalgam/mercury fillings because the technology involved with them is over 100 years old. Moreover, silver amalgam fillings don’t seal teeth well which can result in cracks, decay forming under fillings and in other problems.
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A crown is a durable, strong way to restore an extensively damaged front or back tooth for the long term. Crowns are made in different ways, such as from precious metal, porcelain pressed to metal and all-porcelain. Crown selection is based on individual needs as well as costs. With all the materials and techniques modern dentistry has to offer, crowns can be totally natural looking. Additional benefits of crowns are that they can correct bite problems, close spaces between teeth, change the angulations of teeth, and replace missing teeth as part of a bridge or dental implant.
CEREC: One-Appointment Crowns
We understand your time is as valuable as your smile. Should you need a crown, we now have the option of completing this restoration in one appointment with our new CEREC capability. CEREC delivers top quality restorations in one visit, uses no impression trays, and eliminates the need for a temporary crown. After taking a 3D image of your tooth, the revolutionary CEREC machine mills a permanent crown in about an hour. This technology is backed with 20 years of research and produces a durable restoration.
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Onlays are used for large restorations. They restore areas that extend over one or more sides of a tooth. Because of their size they are usually made of porcelain.
A conservative restoration, inlays restore the area inside a tooth, which means they require less drilling and preparation. Inlays are made of porcelain or composite resin making them invisible inside your mouth.
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Implants: Secure Tooth Replacements
If you’ve lost a permanent tooth (or teeth) because of an accident, injury or disease, dental implants are often a superior choice because they’re solid, secure, and aesthetically pleasing. After nearly 35 years of use, they have a 90-95% proven success rate in appropriately chosen cases. A dental implant consists of a special titanium post secured into the upper or lower jaw. The bone in your jaw bonds to the post, forming a secure anchor for a replacement tooth or teeth — and even for a crown or a bridge. The number of teeth being replaced will determine the best kind of restoration for you.
Dental implants can also stabilize dentures so that they actually snap in place and do not move around. With individual dental implants or implant-retained dentures, you can eat and speak normally and naturally. If dental implants are a good option for you, Dr. Obholz will recommend an oral surgeon and work closely with this specialist. Then Dr. Obholz will complete the restoration in our office.
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If you are missing one or more teeth, a fixed bridge can be made which will look and feel natural and will stay in place permanently without hooks or clasps. Further, a fixed bridge prevents teeth from shifting and stabilizes your bite. The teeth on either side hold a bridge in place. A bridge closes spaces left in your mouth by tooth loss, spaces that can cause multiple teeth to shift, can lead to bite or jaw (TMJ) problems and can spur periodontal disease. If you have questions about crown and bridgework or any other dental prosthetic, call our Washington DC dental office. We will be happy to discuss the options and schedule your evaluation.
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Your family deserves healthy smiles designed for a lifetime. Call Aesthetic & Family Dentistry of Washington today to schedule your consultation or checkup with Dr. Obholz. Our Washington, DC dental office is convenient for patients who live or work in the American University, Georgetown, Tenley Circle, and Embassy Row areas.