Grand Junction, CO
Restorative dental care works to remove decay, rebuild, strengthen and restore the natural function of your teeth. Our team at Gregory J. Gorman, DMD, can help you have a healthy smile. We offer a wide range of restorative services to help you achieve the look and feel you want.
Some of our services include:
A dental filling is the most common of our restorative procedures. Composite resin is a material that is malleable, clings to the tooth surface and is strong and durable. We use it to fill the spaces created from decay while also making other simple repairs through a process known as dental bonding. Our patients love composite resin because it can be shaded to match the color of their teeth, making the repair indistinguishable from their other teeth.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap, customized to match your natural tooth in color, size and shape, meaning it will match your bite allowing you to chew with normal function. We use dental crowns to provide a layer of protection to teeth that have been damaged or weakened from decay, breakage or following root canal therapy. Dental crowns are designed to entirely surround and encase the natural tooth. Partial crowns, known as inlays and onlays also provide a layer of protection while covering specific portions of a tooth.
A dental bridge is a great option when replacing missing teeth. It can be used to replace up to three missing teeth on the same arch. The prosthesis consists of two dental crowns on either end that are placed over a healthy tooth or a dental implant to serve as anchors with false teeth between. It is bonded permanently in place providing the patient a stable and natural feel.
A dental implant is a replacement root, it consists of a titanium post that we surgically embed into the jawbone. The bone will naturally grow and heal around the threads of the implant, designed for maximum surface area. Once healed, the post and bone are permanently fused together for a firm hold. This new root allows us to anchor a dental crown or other prosthetic device such as a bridge or denture in place. With a very high rate of long term success, dental implants are widely considered to be the next best thing to your natural teeth.
A partial denture is a removable appliance that is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Some patients prefer this removable option for cleaning and caring for the device. Partial dentures are held in place using metal clasps that grips around neighboring teeth. A complete or full denture consists of an acrylic base colored to match gum tissue and a complete arch of prosthetic teeth. We offer custom-fit dentures as a more comfortable, functional, and durable solution. Today, there are options for permanently retaining a denture device, it does not have to be loose or held in place with glue. We are happy to discuss bar retention dentures and the All-on-4® Treatment Concept, both of which combine the retention of dental implants with your denture device.
Dental inlays and onlays are sometimes referred to as a partial crown, or ¾ crown. Instead of encasing a tooth, they use the same ceramic material as a dental crown but are customized to fit only the damaged portion of the tooth. Dental inlays are fitted to fill large cavities inside a tooth. Dental onlays are fitted to restore broken or damaged outside portions of a tooth.
A dental extraction is something that we take very seriously. We want our patients to retain their natural teeth whenever possible. But, there are times when the natural teeth are causing a bad malocclusion or are impacted causing need for removal. Our goal is to save teeth that have become severely decayed when possible. In general, there are two types of tooth extractions: simple and surgical. Simple extractions include teeth that can be grasped, lifted and pulled in one piece, this can be done in our office. Surgical extractions are performed when teeth are impacted, severely decayed or unhealthy. It often requires the tooth to be quartered, tissue to be cut to gain access and then removed in pieces. We often recommend a patient to an oral surgeon for surgical extraction.
Root canal therapy is a treatment we perform when the inner portion of a tooth has become infected. We go into the tooth and remove the infected material from the root, along with the pulp, nerve endings and other connective tissues. Once the infection has been removed, we then clean the root area with an antimicrobial wash and fill the canals with a material known as gutta-percha. Following a root canal, the weakened tooth typically needs to be capped with a crown for an added layer of protection..
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