Restorative Dentistry in Redmond, Oregon
Bringing your smile back to life is easy with complete restorative care from Dr. Steve Schwam.
Dental decay, damage, and disease can destroy your oral health, leading to pain, bad breath, decreased function, and poor overall health. But don’t despair. Dr. Steve Schwam offers quality restorative dentistry therapies and replacement teeth so you can enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles.
We’re pleased to provide natural-looking restorative dentistry that includes tooth-colored fillings and all-ceramic crowns, aesthetically restoring form and function to damaged teeth. Dr. Schwam provides aesthetically pleasing tooth replacement in the form of dentures and dental implants. If your smile is severely damaged, Dr. Schwam may suggest full-mouth reconstruction and a comprehensive treatment plan to restore oral health and beauty.
Sometimes your smile might require more than just the basic restorative dentistry procedures like crowns and fillings to bring you back to great oral health. When you visit, Dr. Schwam will evaluate your teeth, gums, and soft tissues, as well as how your teeth fit together (your bite). Using X-rays, intraoral camera images, and possibly a Panorex image, we’ll gather detailed information about your oral health to create your full-mouth reconstruction plan.
For your restorative dentistry treatment plan, we may recommend fillings, crowns, inlays, or onlays. Crown and bridgework, partials, dentures, and dental implants offer a variety of solutions to replace missing teeth.
Dental Crowns and Bridges
Over time, cracked and severely worn teeth only worsen if left untreated. Neglecting dental repairs could lead to a broken tooth that results in acute pain and requires immediate attention. Restorative care from Dr. Schwam includes custom restorations like dental crowns and dental bridges that renew structurally unsound teeth. A crown fits snugly on top of a compromised individual tooth to restore shape, function, and durability. Alternatively, a dental bridge is designed to replace one or more consecutive teeth in a row, anchoring over nearby healthy teeth for added permanence and stability. Implant-retained bridges and other prosthetics are available as well!
Root Canal Therapy
When a tooth has become so severely infected that common restorative solutions like dental crowns and tooth-colored fillings can’t correct the damage, root canal therapy may be the saving grace patients need to retain their natural smile. During this procedure, Dr. Schwam will access the inner chamber of the tooth and remove diseased pulp, replacing it with a safe, biocompatible substance before sealing the structure closed once more. Root canal therapy is highly effective – in fact, it has over a 95% success rate, with many treated teeth going on to last for the rest of the patient’s life. Best of all, the treatment is virtually painless, just like getting a filling!
Here in Redmond, our team will make every effort to help patients preserve their strong, natural teeth. However, severe decay and traumatic injuries can make extraction a sad necessity. If Dr. Schwam determines that extraction is the best option, you can rest assured that we’ll help you stay as relaxed and comfortable as possible throughout the procedure, utilizing virtually pain-free techniques and sedation dentistry as needed. Multiple quality reconstructive solutions are available to replace the lost tooth/teeth as well.
Inlays and Onlays
When a tooth is damaged or decayed enough to require restorative treatment but not severe enough to need a full-blown dental crown, a customized inlay or onlay could be the perfect, meet in the middle solution that helps restore much-needed strength and function. These restorations are essentially porcelain fillings, with inlays being designed to fit between the cusps (the elevated bumps) of a tooth and onlays being designed to wrap over the cusps. This solution is effective and minimally invasive, helping to preserve more remaining healthy tooth structure overall.
Full Mouth Reconstruction
Sometimes, a single service just isn’t enough to help a patient overcome significant dental damage and infection. Instead, Dr. Schwam will work closely with patients to develop a personalized full mouth reconstruction plan that addresses their restorative needs and creates the clearest, most effective path back to a complete, strong smile. This plan may include dental restorations like crowns and bridges, dental implants, gum disease therapy, root canal therapy, or extractions – it will all depend on your personal preferences, level of time commitment, and budget.
Repairing teeth following decay or mild damage used to require fillings that used amalgam metal. Unfortunately, these fillings offered a less-than-ideal appearance, and required the removal of healthy dental structure to hold the filling in place. Today, we offer a more cosmetic solution, tooth-colored fillings. Crafted from composite resin, these fillings can be placed comfortably in just one visit. We apply the custom shaded composite resin to the tooth, harden it in place using a curing light, and smooth and polish the restoration, leaving teeth flawless.
Patients with extensive tooth loss may need to consider a partial or full removable denture. With today’s innovative materials and technology, dentures offer a much more comfortable and effective tooth replacement solution than ever before. Partials are crafted from a thin, flexible base that fits between teeth to support replacement teeth. The partial denture is stabilized by clasps that connect it to surrounding teeth. A full denture is crafted by attaching a full row of replacement teeth to a gum colored base. The denture is molded to fit snuggly against the gums creating suction that holds the denture in place.
For beautiful dental restorations and excellent restorative dentistry care that can bring your smile back from the brink of bad health, consider a trip to the Redmond, Oregon dental office of Dr. Steve Schwam. For patients from Redmond, Sisters, Bend, and beyond, we offer complete oral health and more beautiful smiles. Contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Schwam.