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Tooth Repair & Treatments

Tooth Repair & Treatments

At Chanhassen Family Dentistry, we provide a wide range of Tooth Repair & Treatments. From Mini-Dental Implants, to CEREC® crowns and veneers, we have the in-clinic experience to restore your smile and oral health.

Mini-Dental Implants

tooth repair & treatmentsMini-dental implants are small-diameter implants that can be used to replace a single tooth, stabilize existing dentures, or hold other appliances like removal partial dentures in place. The implants are inserted into your jaw bone and are so small they typically the do not require an incision in the gums. For many applications there is no down time – they can be used immediately. They can cost significantly less than full-size implants (up to 80% less), and can often be placed with a 2 hour appointment.

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Dental Restoration

Dental restoration, otherwise known as fillings, can rebuild tooth structure lost to decay. After a cavity or injury, eating and chewing can be painful, but a filling can restore the form and function of your tooth. Restoring the tooth also prevents damage to the root and underlying bone.

Composite Restoration

Composite Restoration uses a tooth-colored compound to repair teeth and leaves you with a natural-looking smile. Composite fillings are created from quartz or glass and a mixture of resin that results in a filling that’s barely noticeable. They are durable and long-lasting, and because less of your tooth is removed during the procedure, these fillings are a conservative treatment option.

CEREC® Porcelain Crowns & Veneers

CEREC porcelain crowns and veneers improve your smile in a single visit, eliminating the discomfort of a temporary crown and the hassle of a second office visit. They can be used for tooth repair & treatments. We use a computer to design and mill the porcelain pieces right in our office. First, your mouth is scanned with a special oral scanner to record a video of your teeth. Next, we use the computer to create a virtual crown or veneer. The video helps us shape the crown to fit precisely with adjacent teeth, and with teeth it will come in contact with. Finally, we mill the crown from a block of porcelain and secure it in place. The procedure can be completed in one visit, and the crown or veneer will last a lifetime.

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Bridges

Porcelain bridges are barely noticeable and built to last. We custom fit porcelain to fill the space of a tooth missing or lost to decay. Bridges are non-removable and typically require shaping of the teeth adjacent to the space. Crowns are placed on the adjacent teeth and an artificial tooth (called a pontic) is attached to the crowns, creating a bridge. Bridges can be a good option to replace a tooth lost to decay or abscess.

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is advised when the nerve of a tooth is damaged by decay or infection. The pulp of the tooth is removed and the root canal space is filled, restoring the tooth back to its full function. In most cases, root canal therapy is comfortable and can be completed in one or two visits. Restoring a tooth with root canal therapy is a highly successful procedure that is ultimately less costly than extraction and replacement options.

Tooth Removal

When a tooth is damaged so badly that it can not be restored, extraction may be your best option. We can remove the offending tooth in a comfortable and efficient manner, and will discuss options for replacement. Replacement of missing teeth is very important. Without a replacement tooth other teeth will shift into the missing space and adversely affect your bite. Over time, other teeth will degrade because of this, so replacement in a timely manner is always advised.

Wisdom Teeth

We monitor wisdom teeth as they develop to make sure there is enough space for them in your mouth. If there is not enough room for these teeth to come in normally we may recommend removing them. If there is not enough room they can push other teeth over and alter your bite in a way that is detrimental to your teeth. A crowded and incorrect bite can lead to gum infections, cracked teeth and abnormal tooth wear. Most extraction procedures can be done safely and easily right in our office.

Implants

Dental Implants are artificial tooth replacements used when a tooth has been lost to decay or damage. We work closely with a specialist to have the implant portion placed into your jaw bone. After a period of time, the implant will integrate into your jaw bone and act just like the root of your tooth. We then place a crown or bridge on top of the implant to restore your bite. Implants are extremely successful and, in most cases, last a lifetime.