Repair and Renew Your Smile with Restorative Dentistry
The restorative dentistry treatments at our Rockwall, TX, practice are designed to reinstate the shape, size, and function of damaged teeth. Dr. Melina Cozby is our expert restorative dentist. Dr. Cozby can treat decay, trauma, gum disease, and related dental health concerns. By restoring your tooth’s functionality, we can prevent more serious problems, such as extractions and tooth loss. We can also improve your appearance, your ability to eat and speak properly, and your sense of self-confidence. At Rockwall Family Dentistry, our treatments include dental implants, dental crowns, tooth-colored fillings, and much more. We incorporate the latest restorative materials to ensure a natural look and durable final results.
Dental implants are the most stable and realistic way to replace missing teeth. After the oral surgeon places these small metal posts in your jaw, the bone will heal around them. This allows implants to support a permanently attached crown, bridge, or denture. Dental implants will not only provide superior stability, they also prevent jawbone recession since they will emit regenerative signals to stimulate bone growth. Our team can determine your candidacy for implants and, if eligible, refer you to our Forney location for implant surgery.
A dental crown may be appropriate if your cavity is too large for a filling. You may also benefit from a crown if you have a cracked, infected, or weakened tooth. To place this type of restoration, Dr. Cozby will reshape your tooth and remove any damaged tissue. Then she will take impressions and the lab will create the crown from lifelike porcelain or similar material. In some cases, we can provide same-day crowns, including single-visit root canal therapy.
Occasionally, patients will need to have gum tissue removed prior to dental crown placement. For example, if your tooth has broken off near the gum line, crown lengthening can expose more of the tooth, providing enough surface area for a restoration. Alternatively, if you have large gums, crown lengthening can help improve the appearance of your smile. At Rockwall Family Dentistry, we use soft tissue lasers to perform this treatment with minimal discomfort and recovery time.
Gum disease causes pockets of bacteria to develop in your gums around your tooth roots. When left untreated, these pockets can grow larger. Eventually, you could suffer from dental sensitivity, bleeding, visible gum recession, tooth loss, or other complications. The disease can also affect your cardiovascular health, increasing your risk for heart attack and stroke. We offer personalized care for gum disease, including scaling and root planing. During this treatment, we will remove bacteria and smooth your tooth roots to help prevent gum disease from coming back.
Fillings are an essential treatment for dental decay. They will seal cavities so that bacteria cannot develop inside your teeth. Fillings also strengthen the overall structure of your teeth. Our team utilizes tooth-colored composite fillings since they offer many benefits over traditional metal. First, they are more natural-looking and will be a near-perfect match to the color of your smile. They also require less tooth preparation, and will typically form a stronger bond with your teeth. Finally, unlike metal, they will not expand and contract when you eat hot or cold foods.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are sometimes called partial crowns since they perform many of the same functions. These restorations sit on the flat top surfaces of molars, fitting in between the cusps (inlays) or all the way over them (onlays). They can be an outstanding way to repair extensive decay, cracks, and similar concerns. As with our crowns, our lab uses the latest materials to craft inlays and onlays. Dr. Cozby will take x-rays of your compromised tooth to evaluate the extent of the damage and to determine whether a crown, filling, inlay, or onlay is right for you.
Not only can dental implants replace one or two teeth, we can use these state-of-the-art restorations to replace your entire dental arch. At our Forney location, Dr. Pope will place four or more implant posts, creating a balanced and stable foundation for a larger restoration. Once you have fully healed we will place your prosthetic. In some cases, Dr. Pope can provide a same-day implant denture. Unlike traditional dentures, which are held in place by suction and adhesive, implant-supported dentures will never slip out of place.
Enjoy a Renewed Smile Today
If your teeth have been affected by decay, trauma, or other form of damage, contact our dental practice today to learn more about our restorative treatments. During your consultation at Rockwall Family Dentistry, we can review which treatment may be right for you.