While Dr. O’Donoghue and the rest of our team will always strive to help patients avoid the need for restorative dentistry, we do have these services available when people come to us with pained or hurting smiles. Whether the situation is as minor as a small cavity or as serious as extensive tooth loss, we have the skills and advanced technology needed to bring back confident, strong teeth that can be wholeheartedly relied on. Contact Soldotna Dental Arts today if you have any questions, or if you’re ready to schedule an appointment.
If you have a tooth that’s injured, decayed, or even missing from the mouth, Dr. O’Donoghue can help you explore your restorative options in greater detail during an initial consultation. Dental crowns are a very common choice because of their versatility and proven record of success — the restoration itself is designed to cover an individual tooth, both preserving what remains and replenishing its natural shape and function. Alternatively, bridges may be recommended for cases of tooth loss, particularly when multiple gaps in the mouth are located next to one another. This prosthetic is designed to literally “bridge” these gaps by attaching in place with the support of either two dental crowns or two dental implants.
Traditionally, dentists used amalgam metals to correct the damage caused by cavities, which left dark spots in patients’ smiles and also suffered from sensitivity when enjoying particularly hot or cold foods. Here in Soldotna, we’re proud to now offer tooth-colored composite resin as an outstanding alternative. This material comes in countless enamel-like shades that we’ll precisely match to your smile’s current color for a virtually seamless finish. The composite resin’s flexible, conservative nature also allows us to sculpt smaller, more conservative fillings that actually help strengthen the natural tooth and won’t feel as sensitive in the mouth.
Traditionally, the creation of a brand-new dental crown or similar restoration would require at least two appointments of a patient’s time — one to take impressions and place a temporary, and another when the finished restoration was sent by the dental laboratory. At Soldotna Dental Arts, we enjoy being able to bring our patients added convenience while still maintaining the reliably high level of quality they deserve — that’s why we’ve invested in CEREC. This technology streamlines every vital stage of the restorative process, from initial impressions to design to milling to final placement, into one appointment so that you can walk in with a struggling tooth and walk out with confident, long-lasting improvements.
The loss of one natural tooth is certainly difficult, but the loss of several can start to make even life’s simplest everyday activities like eating and speaking a struggle. Thankfully, today’s modern dentures have made it easier to replenish an entire smile quickly and in a cost-effective fashion. Dr. O’Donoghue strongly recommends pairing these custom-made prosthetics with dental implants for a stable, attractive fit that’s also beneficial regarding oral health.