Top-Quality Restorations in Walnut Grove

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Your teeth undergo heavy use daily. Even when your smile is bright, and your mouth appears healthy, dental chips, cracks, or missing teeth can still impact your oral health. Therefore, Walnut Grove dentist, Dr. Binson Thomas, and his team provide dental restoration techniques and services that help rejuvenate strength, function, and beauty to your teeth.

Whether you’re struggling with tooth decay, cracked enamel, or tooth loss, our restorative dentistry treatments are designed to help preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible and maintain proper oral health. We’ve rebuilt, repaired, and restored smiles of all ages for over a decade and continue to do so with our comprehensive services, compassionate approach, and advanced, in-office technology.

If you’re experiencing tooth pain or suspect it may be time to replace that old filling, contact Walnut Grove River Dental today!


What is Dental Restoration? And Why is it Important?

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Dental restoration deals with restoring damaged or missing teeth. Dental damage and tooth loss can cause oral health complications that can also impact your overall well-being. From tooth decay to gum infection, bite issues, and difficulties with digestion, teeth that need professional treatment shouldn’t go ignored. Even something as little as a dull toothache can develop into a serious issue if the situation is left to progress.

What Can Dental Restorations Do for My Smile?

Our Walnut Grove office provides dental restorations for addressing many oral health situations that can jeopardize teeth, gums, and jaw bone. Below are a few ways we help restore smiles to their best function, health, and beauty.

1. Replace Missing Teeth

Missing teeth in your smile are more than just a nuisance- as the gaps left behind can also affect your oral health in many ways. For example, a single missing tooth can cause neighboring teeth to shift out of position, resulting in misalignment and changing facial bone structure. Missing teeth also affect your ability to bite and chew food with ease which can result in digestion complications as well as jaw pain.

Food particles and bacteria also tend to accumulate inside gaps left behind by missing teeth, thus contributing towards plaque and toxins buildup. The abundance of plaque irritates the gum tissue, causing gums to pull away from teeth leading to infection. This is the beginning stage of gum disease and may cause your teeth to become loose and fall out if the situation is not addressed by a professional.

The good news is that Dr. Binson Thomas can work with you to see if your affected tooth or teeth would be better off being extracted and, if so, can replace them with dental implant-supported dentures or conventional ones.

Dental restorations also work to restore damaged teeth to their natural aesthetics and full strength. Chips and cracks often weaken the tooth surface and could result in weak teeth and deep infection over time. Furthermore, cracks may develop into cavities and expose your tooth’s inner nerves to bacterial infections.

This is why our dentist recommends restorative treatment for chipped and cracked teeth before the issues develop further. Porcelain crowns and inlays and onlays can cover damaged enamel and protect inner nerves and tissues underneath. Our white, composite fillings can also cover cavities so that you can enjoy relief from pain and heightened sensitivity.

What Restoration Services Do You Offer?

Our available treatments for smile restoration include:

What Are Dental Implants and How Do They Work?

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Dental implants are titanium posts that serve as artificial tooth roots that can be used to replace one or all teeth missing in your smile. Implants consist of three pivotal parts; the implant post, the abutment, which is the piece that connects the post to the final restoration, and your custom restoration.

Because implants become a permanent part of your jaw once surgically inserted into the jawbone by our skilled dentist, natural tissue, and bone fuse around the post, making your implant a lasting solution to restoring most teeth completely, from root to crown.

What Does Dental Implant Treatment Involve?

Regardless of your jawbone and gum tissue health needs, receiving dental implants takes several steps, with the entire treatment process lasting from a few months to a year. Below are common steps you may be able to expect when receiving implants at Walnut Grove River Dental.

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Your Examination: Dr. Thomas begins treatment by examining your oral health as well as the areas of your missing tooth to determine if your jawbone is stable enough to hold an implant. This is necessary because a weakened jaw may not be strong enough to hold the implant in position, thus compromising the success and longevity of treatment.

Identifying the Need for Preliminary Procedures: If your jawbone is found too weak to hold dental implants, an additional procedure may be necessary to strengthen the jaw before implants are placed. For example, bone grafting may be needed to graft new bone material into the jaw so it can become denser and stronger.

Extraction (If Needed): We may extract one or several teeth if, after your oral health examination, we’ve determined certain teeth are unsalvageable due to damage, decay, or serve infection. We’ll remove the afflicted tooth or teeth gently and with precision to ensure gum tissue and surrounding teeth are not jeopardized.

Implant Placement: After extraction and jaw strengthening (if necessary), your smile is now ready for implant placement. The process begins with inserting the titanium implant into your jawbone. This metal post will hold the implanted tooth in place and provide long-lasting support.

Placing the Abutment: Our dentist then attaches the abutment, which is another metal extension that rests on the surface of your gums.

Affixing Your Final Restoration: After several months of healing, Dr. Thomas will invite you back to our office to attach your crown, bridge, or denture restoration to the dental implant(s).


Porcelain Crowns

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Dental crowns are prosthetics that encase the entire structure of a vulnerable, worn, or severely damaged tooth. Porcelain crowns are the most common option for restoring damaged teeth. Because this material is durable, life-like, and bonds well to natural enamel, it also helps restore natural appearance. Our crowns are created to fit your tooth’s specific shape and size. This means that you’ll enjoy the benefits of each crown you receive, regardless of where it’s placed in your smile.

6 ways a crown is used:

  1. Protect a tooth after removing deep decay
  2. Repair severe dental cracks, chips, and fractures
  3. Restore worn enamel from clenching and grinding (bruxism)
  4. Replace a single missing tooth
  5. Cover enamel stains from an injury or trauma
  6. Protect your tooth from re-infection after root canal therapy

Porcelain Fixed Bridges

If you have missing teeth, you may be struggling with eating and chewing properly, and natural teeth are beginning to shift out of alignment. As the name suggests, a fixed bridge can be used to anchor artificial teeth where several teeth are missing.

Bridges can either be anchored using natural, neighboring teeth fitted with artificial crowns to restore a full set of teeth or be held in place using implants. In this way, the fixed bridge remains permanently in place and can help correct a wide range of oral health complications. Once your bridge is attached, you can enjoy improved bite and chewing abilities with restored natural smile aesthetics.

Complete & Partial Dentures

A senior woman shows off her smile with her new dentures.

Dentures are another common restoration for replacing missing teeth. There are two main types of dentures- complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are designed to replace all missing teeth in your smile, while partial dentures are meant for restoring specific areas of your mouth.

To ensure a secure and comfortable fit of your denture appliance, our dentist utilizes innovative digital imaging in combination with 3D models to design the best fitting dentures for your unique smile. This involves measuring dimensions in your teeth, gums, and jaws.

Dentures can make durable options when cared for and maintained properly. You must ensure that you clean your dentures daily, handle them with care, and schedule regular dental visits as recommended.

Porcelain Inlays & Onlays

A diagram of how porcelain onlays are installed.

Structural damage to your enamel can hinder your smile and leave your teeth open to the possibility of infection. When your teeth are too damaged for a filling but not enough to need a crown, our dentist recommends porcelain inlays and onlays.

Porcelain Inlays are pieces of porcelain material crafted to fit perfectly in the area where the damaged enamel was removed.

For teeth that have extensive structural damage, porcelain onlays, also known as partial crowns, are used to cover almost an entire area of your tooth’s surface. An onlay can restore the biting surface of a damaged tooth or cover-up extensive chips and cracks. Like inlays, onlays are crafted to fit the damaged portions of your enamel, without having to replace the entire tooth. 


Root Canal Therapy

A diagram of the root canal system

Root canal treatment can help you save your infected tooth before it’s too late. During a root canal procedure, the inner tissues, blood vessels, and nerves, also known as the pulp, are removed.

Infected pulp can be the source of sharp pain and extreme sensitivity. Root canal therapy removes infected pulp layers and any damaged nerves and roots. In this way, we help save as much natural tooth structure from further decay and the possibility of needing extraction. Your treated tooth is then sealed and 'capped' with a crown to protect it from further damage.

White, Composite Fillings

If you’re struggling with cavities or slight enamel damage, composite fillings can help restore your dental function and aesthetics. Fillings are shaded to match your natural enamel, and the composite material is shaped directly on the treated tooth to the areas where the decay was removed. Furthermore, they’re long-lasting solutions that help prevent tooth decay, wear, and bacterial infections.

Still Unsure If You Need Dental Restoration? Continue Reading!

Restorations can help you address significant oral health issues while also restoring your smile. With multiple techniques available, those with missing teeth, chips, cracks, tooth decay, and misaligned teeth can all benefit from restorative treatment.

Here’s how you can tell that you’re a good candidate for treatment:

  • You’re looking for a permanent solution to missing or damaged teeth
  • You frequently struggle with biting, chewing, cavities, and toothaches
  • You’re looking for reliable treatment with the possibility of minimal downtime
  • You’re willing to follow treatment advice from your dentist
  • You don’t wish to restrict your diet options or oral hygiene practices
  • You’re looking to rejuvenate your smile

Ready to learn more about the dental restoration technique that’s right for you? Contact us today to restore the health of your teeth and gums.

Restore Your Smile’s Health, Function, and Beauty Today!

Whether you’re looking to repair minor chips and cracks, or need your entire smile restored with dental implants, Dr. Binson Thomas and his team can help. Contact Walnut Grove River Dental to schedule your dental restoration consultation!


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Sacramento River Dentist located in Walnut Grove, Ca. Dr. Binson Thomas is a professional dedicated to Excellence in General, Family, & Cosmetic Dentistry such as Dental Makeovers, Porcelain Veneers, Teeth Whitening, Crowns/Caps & many other dental procedures. Please come and visit our office in Walnut Grove, California.

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