You don’t have to live with a damaged smile. At Greder Dental, we offer numerous ways to fix dental problems.
Restorative dentistry includes dental care procedures that help when problems come up. Cavities, broken teeth, root infections, and missing teeth need attention to keep them from causing more complicated problems, and that’s where restorative dentistry comes in. Obviously, restoring your teeth to excellent health also has the pleasant side effect of making your smile more attractive, and we strive to make all of our restorative dentistry work as beautiful as it is strong. Contact our office for superior restorative care in Omaha!
Traditional Crowns and Bridges
After serious damage, injury, or the total loss of one or more of your pearly whites, traditional crowns and bridges repair and replace teeth to renew your smile health. Crowns and bridges are cemented onto teeth, so you cannot remove them like a denture. Your affected tooth or teeth will need to be reshaped to accommodate the crown(s) to be affixed on top.
Crowns are frequently used to:
- Restore broken teeth
- Heal decayed teeth
- Fix malfunctioning dental work
- Cover up serious cosmetic issues
- Replace lost teeth
- Restore teeth during dental implant treatment
- Finalize root canal therapy
The crown is a cap that looks just like your natural tooth. When three or more crowns are affixed together, they make up a dental bridge used in tooth replacement. A dental bridge is anchored to the natural teeth surrounding the gap. With a crown on each tooth, the prosthetic crowns securely fill in the space between.
Fillings are perhaps the most commonly performed restorative dentistry procedure since it’s difficult, even with excellent hygiene, to avoid cavities completely. Silver amalgam fillings have been the standard for over 150 years. They’ve worked relatively well for filling dental cavities, but they’re not without their drawbacks. For one thing, they leave dark, metallic spots on the teeth where they’ve been placed. This doesn’t do much for your smile confidence. They also change size when they come into contact with heat or cold, making them lose their seal and leading to leaks. For some, they’re worrisome because they contain small amounts of mercury. While there’s no conclusive evidence that the mercury in silver amalgam dental fillings is harmful, lots of people would simply prefer not to have that toxic material in their teeth. That’s where composite resin dental fillings come in. These fillings are tooth colored, making them a better option for those concerned about their smile’s appearance. Again, we want all of our restorative dentistry to make the most out of your smile. Tooth-colored composite resin fillings are also mercury free, and they don’t lose their seal when exposed to heat or cold. We provide you with strong restorative dentistry care by using composite resin fillings at our Omaha dental office.
CEREC One-Visit Crowns
We combine convenience and quality so you’ll really feel like smiling.
In the past, a dental restoration such as a crown, inlay, or onlay would take a few appointments to finish. First, impressions and preparations would be made. Then you’d have to wait for the dental lab to make your dental restoration before returning to the office to have the crown, inlay, or onlay placed. While this still happens, we offer an alternative choice as well: CEREC one-visit crowns, inlays, and onlays.
CEREC crowns, inlays, and onlays are made of porcelain, which has become very popular as the material-of-choice for dental restorations. Porcelain offers a more aesthetically satisfying look, and it’s easy for CEREC technology to mold porcelain into dental restorations right here in our Omaha dental office.
CEREC technology uses computer aided design and manufacturing to make your porcelain crowns, inlays, and onlays right here while you wait. We design your porcelain dental restorations using the CEREC computer aided design technology, taking detailed digital impressions of your teeth. No mess! Then, the CEREC technology transmits this information to our in-house milling unit, which makes a block of porcelain into your crown, inlay, or onlay. In just a single visit, you can have a whole new smile with CEREC.
Porcelain crowns are generally used to restore broken or seriously damaged teeth. Inlays and onlays are used to fix problems like cavities when they’ve grown too large for more conservative treatments, such as fillings.
If you’ve been putting off your restorative dentistry care because of the inconvenience, consider CEREC one-visit crowns, inlays, and onlays from the team at Greder Dental. Located in Omaha, NE, we serve Council Bluffs, Bellevue, and Papillion-La Vista as well. Contact us for an appointment, and we’ll consult with you to determine if CEREC crowns, inlays, or onlays are the solution to your problem.
Dentures and Partial Dentures
Dentures are removable dental prostheses that can replace some or all of your teeth. You may have seen a denture before on television in an ad for denture adhesives or cleaners. They consist of natural-looking replacement teeth set in what looks like gum tissue but is actually a hard base. If the denture is a partial denture, the gum-like base is connected with metal that can clasp onto remaining teeth, whereas a full denture looks like a complete set of teeth and relies on suction to stay in place.
Root Canal Therapy
With endodontic care from Greder Dental, you can keep your smile healthy and whole.
If you cut your tooth in half and took a picture of the cross section, you’d see different layers. There’s the enamel, which is the hard outside layer that everyone sees when you smile. There’s the dentin, which is yellowish and a bit softer than enamel. Then, a chamber runs through the tooth from root tip to root tip, and this chamber houses the pulp, or tooth nerve. When decay eats through your enamel and dentin, it reaches the root canal, and the nerve becomes infected. Endodontics is concerned with your tooth nerve health and includes procedures such as root canal therapy for treating and healing infections in your tooth.
At Greder Dental, we prefer to perform our own endodontic treatments rather than referring you out for procedures like root canal therapy. We truly treat dentistry like a family affair, meaning we want to continue our relationship with you through all the problems your smile might encounter over the years. Providing root canal therapy, endodontic retreatment, and treating dental trauma allows us to help you maintain your smile.
Root canal therapy involves getting to the infected nerve, removing it, and filling the space left behind. Many people avoid root canal therapy because they’re afraid that the procedure is going to be extraordinarily painful. The truth is, it won’t be. And it will be far less expensive or complicated than having the tooth extracted and replaced.
Endodontic care is often the thing that saves you from losing a tooth. Without root canal therapy, an infection will simply continue to grow and possibly spread, causing eventual tooth loss and leading to other health complications. We want to stop and heal your tooth infection as soon as possible, saving you time, money, and pain.
One of the big signs that you might need root canal therapy is chronic tooth pain. If you’ve been experiencing this symptom, contact our office soon for an appointment. We can help patients from Omaha, Bellevue, Papillion-La Vista, and Council Bluffs experience great oral health, even after infection has taken hold.
While Dr. Mack Greder and Dr. Jennifer Greder will work hard to save natural teeth whenever possible, sometimes extraction is necessary for overall smile health. Extra teeth may need to be taken out to solve tooth crowding or before orthodontic treatment, and wisdom teeth often cause problems like impaction or infection that put oral and overall health at risk. When removal is the recommended treatment plan, trust the team at Greder Dental to perform comfortable, efficient extractions.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
The wisdom teeth are the third molars that often erupt in adolescence, or the time we are thought to have gained wisdom. Because there is rarely enough room in the gum line for an extra set of teeth, the third molars often become impacted, meaning they only partially erupt. Impaction leads to infection, crowding of the surrounding teeth, and usually causes severe discomfort in the back of the jaw. Your Greder Dental dentist will likely recommend extraction for problematic wisdom teeth.