What is Restorative Dentistry?
Restorative dentistry focuses on restoring health, beauty and function to patients' smiles and plays an important role in helping to maintain the natural teeth for as long a possible. This facet of dentistry may range from fixing a broken tooth to replacing several missing teeth with dental implants. Dr. Spink strives to offer the most conservative treatment options with your long term health and comfort in mind.
You can expect one-on-one attention from the staff of Spink Dentistry to discuss your goals and concerns. Dr. Spink will take the time to educate you and explain the treatment options that are best suited for solving your specific condition.
Restorative Dentistry: What To Expect
At Spink Dentistry, we believe that the best dentistry is a collaborative process between the dentist and patient. Restorative dentistry focuses on restoring health, aesthetics and function to teeth that are broken, worn down or missing. You will have the opportunity to discuss your concerns and goals with the dentist and be a part of the treatment planning process.
A comprehensive examination and thorough dental cleaning will help us to identify any hidden problems such as tooth decay, gum disease or occlusal (bite) disorders.
Dr. Spink emphasizes the importance of maintaining dental health in an effort to keep one's natural teeth for as long as possible. Restorative dentistry plays an important role in helping patients keep their teeth strong and healthy and avoiding tooth loss.
A dental exam with Dr. Spink typically includes:
- Digital dental x-rays
- Other diagnostic dental imaging
- Screening for gum disease, tooth decay and oral cancer
- Occlusal analysis and examination of temporomandibular joints (TMJ)
Treating Complex Dental Concerns
Dr. Spink offers the restorative, and cosmetic, dentistry that his patients need to address restorative dental concerns:
- Tooth Grinding
Also known as Bruxism, tooth grinding can lead to a variety of dental problems including damaged teeth. Dr. Spink will diagnose the root cause of teeth grinding, commonly a sign of TMJ, and address both the damage and underlying problem to restore oral health.
- Broken or chipped Teeth
A broken , chipped or damaged tooth can become a lost tooth if not addressed with a restorative procedure to strengthen and fix it. A dental crown, tooth bonding or other restorative procedure can restore the health and integrity of a damaged tooth.
- Missing Teeth
Missing teeth can eventually cause additional dental health problems and also affect the quality of life for a patient. Dr. Spink offers full services for dental implants in his Vestavia Hills dentist office, in addition to dental bridges and dentures to replace missing teeth and support long term oral health.
- Tooth Grinding
Restorative Dental Services
Dr. Spink has completed advanced post graduate training in restorative dental procedures and cosmetic dentistry techniques. He is also trained to diagnose and treat TMJ disorders, which are often the cause for cosmetic dental concerns.
Cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures should compliment your face and look as though they have always been there. Likewise, the restorations should be comfortable and designed to be long lasting.
Treatment Options Include
- Porcelain Dental Crowns
- Porcelain Veneers
- Composite Tooth Bonding & Fillings
- Root Canal Therapy
- Tooth Extractions
- Dental Implants
- Dental Bridges
Same Day Dentistry
Dr. Spink has incorporated some of the latest dental technology into his dentist office, including E4D CAD/CAM technology in order to offer same day dentistry. There is a Certified Dental Designer in our offie, enabling Dr. Spink to design, fabricate and place high quality porcelain restorations in a single visit.
Benefits of Same Day Restorative Dentistry
- Highly predictable results – digital software allows for precise treatment planning
- Only one office visit needed – saving you time and money
- Natural looking results – porcelain or composite make for a virtually indistinguishable result
- More comfortable treatment – no messy impression trays or uncomfortable temporaries
Dr. Spink also uses dental lasers for a variety of procedures and for the treatment of gum disease.