Options to Restore Your Smile in Indiana
What is restorative dentistry? When you visit our offices, our goal is to restore your mouth back to its original state by using the latest technology and minimally invasive treatments. Restorative dentistry allows us to diagnose your dental needs and then treat those issues to help you avoid bigger problems in the future.
Tooth decay is one of the most prevalent health problems in America. About 25 percent of Americans 20 to 64 are living with untreated cavities. These cavities, caused by bacteria and plaque, can lead to tooth loss and very costly dental bills down the road if left untreated. By stopping your decay early and restoring your teeth, we can preserve your natural smile and help you keep your teeth healthy for a lifetime.
Creating Smiles uses porcelain veneers and all-ceramic crowns. Our tooth restoration is all-ceramic, which means there is no metal used to your prosthetic. Dr. Kapers offers full-mouth reconstructions using crowns, bridges, porcelain veneers, tooth-colored fillings, teeth-whitening, and dental implants.
Dr. Kapers is extremely proactive in knocking out tooth decay. He uses the air abrasion tool to remove tiny cavities without drilling or having to use a numbing injection. For patients with deeper cavities, Dr. Kapers offers both silver and composite resin fillings.
Silver Fillings and Tooth-colored Fillings
Dental fillings are the best way to stop tooth decay in its tracks before it balloons into a larger issue. We use tooth-colored fillings that blend in with your natural smile and strengthen the structure of your tooth.
Tooth-colored fillings are made from a composite material. This type of filling takes a little longer to place, but once the dental restoration is complete, no one can even tell that you have had a cavity! The material also bonds to your teeth, which means we only have to remove a small portion of your tooth to place the restoration.
Silver, or amalgam, fillings are made from various metals. These fillings last longer than composite fillings and are stronger. The disadvantage to metal fillings is that they are not aesthetically pleasing, and they sometimes show when you yawn or laugh. These fillings also include low levels of mercury, though the amounts have proven to not be dangerous to people.
Root Canal Treatment
When decay has reached the root of your tooth – or you suffer a traumatic injury that causes an abscess to form on the root – you’re no longer a candidate for fillings. At that point, we advise our patients to undergo root canal treatment and have a dental crown placed.
We understand that root canals have a bad name, but the truth is that the treatment is often no more uncomfortable than having a filling – and it saves your tooth!
For patients suffering from dental pains, a root canal can be the treatment that can give you instant relief. Root canal treatment and dental crown placement usually takes three visits (one visit to remove the infection and clean the canals, another to prepare the tooth, and the final to place your permanent restoration).
Shortly after we have completed your root canal therapy and placed a crown, you’ll be using that tooth without any issues!
If you have tooth decay or need to find a restorative dentist, call our St. John dental office at 219-322-9920 or the Valparaiso location at 219-462-1970. You can also use our online form to schedule an appointment.