Restorative Dentistry Ann Arbor, MI
Here at Embree Dentistry in Ann Arbor, MI we specialize in restorative therapies as indicated by diagnosed dental disease. We review your treatment options and discuss the risks and benefits of each. Your questions will always be answered.
Restorative dentistry is concerned with restoring both form and function to your teeth so that they can continue to serve you for many years to come. With all the recent advances in dental technology, there has never been a better time to receive restorative dental treatment. They last longer and are higher quality than ever before.
Dental crowns are a fabulous way to restore single teeth that are in dire need of repair. When a tooth has been damaged by decay or physical trauma, it will often need a crown placed. A crown is custom crafted to fit over your tooth and into your bite. It looks and feels just like a real tooth and can be made from a wide variety of materials including ceramic, porcelain, and even gold.
Dental bridges are similar to dental crowns but are typically used to replace a missing tooth or several missing teeth. Whereas a dental crown is made to fit over a single existing tooth, a dental bridge is made to span the gap between natural teeth or dental implants and missing teeth. As mentioned, dental bridges can be supported by dental implants, which restore health to your mouth by way of a healing process known as osseointegration.
There was a time when tooth fillings were large and metallic looking, but no more. Today dental fillings are almost imperceptible in your smile, even upon close inspection. We use a tooth-colored composite resin that we match to the exact color of your teeth and apply by hand. We use special ultraviolet light to set the fillings in place permanently. These fillings preserve more of your natural tooth and can last for many years, even decades.
If total or partial tooth loss is something that you have experienced, dentures can be used to restore form and function to your mouth. Today dentures are made out of some very impressive plastics that are not only convincing to look at, but extremely durable and long-lasting.
Sometimes decay will reach deep into the inner portions of a tooth and when it does a root canal can be used to save the tooth from having to be extracted. A root canal involves the removal of the inner portion of your tooth and usually the placement of a crown on the top of the tooth.
Your mouth relies on your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This joint is the hinge that connects your lower jaw to your skull. It is responsible for the opening and closing of your mouth, as well as your ability to move the jaw from side to side. When your TMJ hurts, your whole life is affected. It can be difficult for you to do simple tasks, like eating, speaking or yawning. At Embree Dentistry, we can diagnose issues with your TMJ and provide you with the TMJ treatment you need.
If you or a family member ever experience a dental emergency, please do not hesitate to call us right away at (734) 973-0000, and we will do our best to see you immediately. If the situation is serious, make sure to dial 911 or visit an emergency room right away. If you take special precautions and act fast, we are often able to save teeth that would otherwise need to be removed.