Advanced Treatment to Repair Your Smile
If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Through restorative treatment, your West Allis dentist may be able to save the remaining healthy portion of your tooth and end the discomfort that can accompany decay and other dental concerns. Dr. Yvonne Stubbs offers a wide variety of restorative treatments. Although she will always attempt to save your tooth, if this is not possible, she also offers highly lifelike dental implants and other tooth replacement options to restore the appearance and functionality of your smile.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that sits on top of your tooth, and it is a great option if you have significant structural damage. After she determines that you are a good candidate for a crown, Dr. Stubbs will carefully reshape your tooth, removing the damaged areas and creating room for the restoration. She will provide local anesthesia before this step, so you will feel little discomfort during your treatment. Then she will take impressions of your tooth, which lab technicians will use to create your crown. When the restoration is finished, Dr. Stubbs will check the shape and fit before attaching it to your tooth. Crowns can be made of several different materials, including metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and all-porcelain.
Fillings are the most common treatment for cavities. By placing a filling, Dr. Stubbs can stop the spread of decay and strengthen the weakened outer structure of your tooth. To perform this procedure, she will first numb your tooth. Then she will remove all decay and reshape the inside of your tooth to accommodate the filling. Depending on the type of filling you choose, she may also chemically etch the inner chamber of your tooth to create a stronger bonding surface. If your cavity is very deep, she may also line the inside of your tooth to protect the dental nerves. Finally, she will place the filling, using the material of your choice. Fillings are made of resin or traditional silver, and Dr. Stubbs will help you select the right type to meet your health, financial, and cosmetic needs.
Root Canal Therapy (limited to front teeth)
If a cavity goes untreated, the decay may spread to your dental roots. In this situation, a root canal may be the best way to end your discomfort, stop the spread of bacteria, and save your tooth. During this procedure, Dr. Stubbs will numb your tooth and the surrounding gum tissue. After creating a small opening in your tooth, the dentist will remove all bacteria and infected pulp, and she will reshape your root canals. Then she will fill your tooth and root canals with a soft rubber compound called gutta percha. To complete the treatment, she will affix a custom-made dental crown. Root canals have a reputation for being extremely unpleasant. However, with effective local anesthesia and Dr. Stubbs’ skill and expertise, you will typically feel little more than a mild pressure during the treatment.
Implants and Tooth Replacement
Although Dr. Stubbs will always attempt to save your tooth using crowns, fillings, and root canals, in some cases, your tooth may be too damaged to salvage. Fortunately, she also offers a variety of tooth replacement options, including advanced dental implants. These permanent synthetic teeth are comprised of an implant post, an abutment piece, and a custom-created restoration. Fixed-bridges are another option. To place this type of restoration, Dr. Stubbs will crown the two teeth adjacent to the gap in your smile. These crowns will support the entire restoration. Alternatively, if you are missing a significant number of your teeth, we offer secure, comfortably fitting full and partial dentures. Before beginning treatment, Dr. Stubbs will explain all of your tooth replacement options and help you select the right one for you.
Learn How Restorative Dentistry Can Help You
With lifelike restorative dentistry treatment, you can save and improve your smile by repairing your compromised tooth. Schedule a free “get acquainted” appointment by filling out our online form, or by calling our office in West Allis, WI, at 414-541-8250. We proudly serve the residents of West Allis, Brookfield, Wauwatosa, and all Western Milwaukee communities.