FILLMORE FAMILY DENTAL
Dr. Scott W. Petersen, DMD, MP, SMP
Our dentist can renew the function and structure of your smile when we provide restorative dentistry. Dr. Scott Petersen helps to produce beautiful, customized restorations that can replace missing teeth and protect damaged ones. Contact our Fillmore Family Dental team if you want to benefit from restorative dentistry in Fillmore, Utah, which includes procedures like:
Dentures (also known as false teeth) are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth. Dentures are supported by surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity. Conventional dentures are removable, however there are many different denture designs, some of which rely on bonding or clasping onto teeth or dental implants.
A removable partial denture (RPD) is for a partially edentulous dental patient who wants to have replacement teeth for functional or aesthetic reasons, and who cannot have a bridge (a fixed partial denture) for any number of reasons, such as a lack of required teeth to serve as support for a bridge (i.e. distal abutments) or financial limitations.
The reason why this type of prosthesis is referred to as a removable partial denture is because patients can remove and reinsert them when required without professional help. Conversely, a “fixed” prosthesis can and should be removed only by a dental professional. We work closely with our great lab technicians to ensure the best results possible for your dentures.
CEREC Same-Day Dental Crowns
Dr. Scott Petersen is among the first dentists in the nation to incorporate amazing CEREC technology for his patients’ benefit. In a typical dental practice, receiving dental crowns is a long and often uncomfortable process that can take several weeks to complete. We believe that we can do better than the typical dental practice.
At our office, Dr. Petersen uses CEREC technology, which empowers us to scan, design, and mill beautiful restorations right in the office. Imagine coming into our dental office and walking out the same day with a strong, durable and cosmetically beautiful crown in place. There’s no need for annoying temporaries or to make two, three, or four visits to our practice to receive a crown. Now you can receive a crown in just one visit in just one hour.
In the process, your teeth will be digitally scanned with a special camera. The information and data of the scan will be sent to an in-office milling machine that will create your crown in an extremely short period of time (as opposed to sending a mold to a laboratory and waiting for the technicians to fit your crown into their schedule).
CEREC restorations not only produce crowns, but they are very versatile and can be used to replace large, failing fillings. These restorations are very conservative to existing tooth structure. They are the highest quality crowns for aesthetics and longevity available.
If you have any questions about how our CEREC same-day dental crowns can help you, please feel free to give us a call. We’re always ready to answer your questions and help you schedule an appointment. You can also visit www.sirona.com.
If you are missing one tooth or multiple teeth in a row, we may recommend a dental bridge to restore your smile. A bridge is a fixed dental restoration, meaning it is non-removable. The dental bridge is anchored in place through the use of two dental crowns, which are custom made to fit your smile and are placed on the teeth or dental implants next to the space left by the missing tooth. These crowns hold the artificial tooth in place to restore your smile, ensuring that your restoration will not easily shift or come loose. It typically requires only two visits to our practice to complete the dental bridge. Dental bridges are designed to last for many years and to restore the function, beauty, and health of your smile.
Our dentist may recommend a dental bridge to improve your smile by:
~ Restoring your ability to speak, eat, and chew as normal
~ Alleviating excess stress on the bite
~ Improving the shape and volume of your face
~ Replacing an unwanted removable partial denture
~ Preventing the remaining natural teeth from moving out of position
~ Enhancing the appearance of your smile
We will help you determine whether a custom dental bridge is the right choice for restoring your smile after tooth loss. For more information, please call or visit us today.
Dental Inlays & Onlays
Inlays and onlays have become known as partial crowns. They are so called because a full crown is not needed to restore the damage or decay incurred in the tooth. Specifically, this service is for the cases in which a tooth has decay, but the decay has not destroyed all of the healthy enamel of the tooth. The inlay or onlay acts as the missing part of your tooth, fitted and placed to complete your natural tooth.
Inlays are typically used when minimal damage or decay has occurred, and onlays are required when the damage or decay becomes more significant. Either way, the material that is used for repair can be made to appear like your natural teeth. This way, your tooth will look and feel like no damage or decay ever existed. Inlays and onlays have become known as partial crowns, because a full crown is not needed to restore the damaged or decayed area on the tooth. This also makes inlays and onlays more conservative in preserving healthy tooth structure than a traditional crown.
Dr. Scott Petersen has invested in the state-of-the-art CEREC technology so our dentists can efficiently fix your tooth in one appointment. Call Dr. Petersen today if you want to learn more about our dental inlays and onlays.
Natural Tooth Colored Dental Fillings
Tooth decay can cause severe damage to your smile unless you visit Fillmore Family Dental to have it treated with white dental fillings. After Dr. Scott Petersen removes the decayed tissues of your tooth, he will place the filling to restore this structure. White fillings in particular are beneficial because they can match tooth color and they don’t contain harmful metals.
A filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, and so forth. In just one appointment, the decayed or otherwise affected portion of the tooth will be removed, and the remaining space will be cleaned and filled.
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. When choosing what material you would like, consulting with your dentist is strongly recommended. Composite fillings are white-colored and can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth. There are further options that are aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.
As with most dental restorations, white fillings are not permanent and may someday need replacement. However, they often last for many years, and provide you with a fully restored smile.
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal therapy becomes necessary when the inner nerve of a tooth becomes affected by decay or infection. When this happens, the tooth may become extremely sensitive to both pressure and temperature, and intense pain can be expected. In the initial stages of decay and infection, it is possible that no symptoms would be present. However, in the advanced stages of decay and infection an abscess (pimple-like inflammation on the gums) will form.
When confronting this type of decay or infection, our dentist have two options: pull the affected tooth or save the tooth through root canal therapy. When extracting a decayed or infected tooth, significant and costly dental problems will arise for adjacent teeth. In the end, tooth extraction may cause more problems than it will solve. Root canal therapy is a much more desirable alternative, as it will provide full functionality to the tooth and mouth, and will not cause any future problems with adjacent teeth.
The reasons Dr. Petersen will recommend root canal therapy include the following:
~ Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth)
~ Development of infection or abscess inside the tooth or at the root tip
~ Trauma or injury to the tooth
The restoration that root canal therapy provides will usually last a lifetime. It will provide full functionality back to your tooth and mouth. There may be a need in the future to retreat the tooth, but this would only be necessary if a new, separate infection arose. Contact Fillmore Family Dental if you want to learn more about receiving a root canal in Fillmore, Utah.