Dental Restorations to Repair Your Smile in North Chicago
Teeth are strong, designed to withstand the constant forces of daily chewing and biting. However, they can still experience damage, decay, wear, and infection. Repairing teeth and restoring oral health is vital for allowing you to enjoy a radiant smile that lasts.
At the practice of William James Millon, DDS, our dentist provides dental restorations that are known for their natural-look and long-lasting results. Our restorative procedures can do everything from repairing damaged teeth and replacing missing ones to eliminating infection and preserving your oral structure. We also provide prompt treatment if you or a loved one have a dental emergency.
Contact our North Chicago dental office to achieve your healthiest and most beautiful smile yet!
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Why is Restoring Teeth Important?
Any amount of tooth discomfort or pain should not go untreated. Even a tiny chip or crack in your tooth could develop into a larger problem that could lead to more discomfort and possibly debilitate your everyday life. As the issue becomes worse, the risk for infection increases. In severe cases, this could lead to gum disease, tooth loss, and other complications involving whole-body health.
Available Restoration Services from Dr. William James Millon
Whether you need to replace a missing tooth or get rid of a dental infection, we have the restorative solutions to help.
Dr. Millon provides a full range of restorative dentistry services that include:
At the practice of William James Millon, DDS, we believe in only providing safe and natural-looking materials when restoring your smile. Our dental restorations are created in a skilled and trusted lab, made of porcelain and composite materials that are as strong as they are beautiful.
Which Restoration Option is Best for My Needs?
When deciding which treatment is right for you, Dr. Millon considers several factors. If you have tooth decay, damage, or underlying infection, he determines the severity of your situation first. An exam of your smile helps us to identify early signs of infection, damage, and other concerns. We also take a series of x-rays to get a precise view of your teeth, roots, gums, and jaws for an accurate diagnosis.
During consultations, we encourage you to speak with us openly about any symptoms you’re experiencing, as well as your goals for treatment. Once our dentist has a complete understanding of your needs, only then will he make honest recommendations for available treatment.
Do I Need a Filling?
Fillings are restoration mixtures of white composite materials used to repair minor damage and wear. They are used to fill in small areas of tooth enamel after decay has been removed. Fillings are easily applied to natural enamel and can be used on any tooth in your smile. They are a quick and reliable way to restore teeth and natural aesthetics.
When Would I Need an Inlay or an Onlay Restoration?
Inlay and onlay restorations are ideal for repairing specific areas of a tooth. They are often referred to as partial crowns because they cover the top (biting surfaces) of teeth.
Inlays and onlays are a great option to repair a tooth that is too damaged to be treated with a filling but not so much that it needs a crown. These restorations are created in a lab and are shaped and shaded to mimic the exact contours of your natural teeth.
When Would A Crown Be My Best Option?
A dental crown is a tooth restoration designed to look, feel, and act exactly like a natural, healthy tooth. Crowns work by encasing a weakened or severely damaged tooth. This helps to preserve the tooth’s natural structure and protect it from further wear or infection. In addition to their functional and aesthetic benefits, crowns can treat a large variety of dental health issues. Their versatility helps make them a popular treatment option.
Our dental crowns allow Dr. Millon to:
- Strengthen a weak tooth
- Replace a single missing tooth with a dental implant
- Protect a treated tooth after root canal therapy
- Repair a chipped, cracked, or fractured tooth
- Restore a tooth’s natural appearance
What Does Getting A Crown Include?
We take impressions of the tooth in need of treatment to understand the reasons for needing a crown. These impressions are sent to a trusted lab to make sure your restoration is made to mimic your natural teeth. While your crown is being created, our dentist will provide you with a temporary to protect your tooth. When your new restoration is ready, Dr. Millon will invite you back to our North Chicago office to place your crown.
What If I Have Missing Teeth?
Tooth loss can be the result of advanced gum disease, decay, injury, or extraction. No matter the reason for your tooth loss, we can help restore your smile like new. Our treatments for restoring missing teeth include:
Dental Implants: Once surgically placed in the jaw, these titanium posts serve as artificial tooth roots. They fuse with living tissue and bone in a process known as osseointegration. This process allows your dental implants to become part of your jawbone, providing a permanent anchor for your crown, bridge, or denture restoration.
Fixed Bridges: These appliances are designed to restore one to several missing teeth in a row. Bridges can either be held in place by two hollow crowns placed on neighboring teeth or be supported by two dental implants.
Partial Dentures: Partial dentures can replace multiple lost teeth at once. The artificial teeth rest on a pink base that mimics healthy gums. These lifelike appliances are often supported by metal clasps attached to neighboring teeth for lasting support.
Complete Dentures: If you are missing most to all of your teeth, complete dentures can restore your entire smile. Dentures can either use adhesives, natural suction, or four-to-eight implants for lasting support. Our dentures are made to feel, function, and look just like your natural smile with a comfortable fit.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Healthy adults can make great candidates for dental implants. However, if you are a smoker, or have an autoimmune condition, implants may not be ideal for you. We do not recommend dental implants for children or teens with developing smiles.
I Need a Root Canal – Should I Be Worried?
Although root canal therapy has had a negative reputation for being painful and invasive, the procedure is anything but. This straightforward procedure is designed to save a natural tooth from infection whenever possible, eliminating dental pain instead of adding to it.
A root canal treatment involves removing infected tissues from inside the root canal of a tooth. Once cleaned, an antibacterial material is filled into the canal to reduce the chance for future damage or re-infection. A customized crown is placed on top of your tooth to restore and protect your tooth.
Restore Your Smile Like New!
Contact Dr. William James Millon and his team today if you are in need of tooth restoration and need more information! We provide comprehensive dental restoration to patients and families. We can help rejuvenate your smile today! Call us to schedule an appointment!
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