Restorative Dentistry – Houston, TX
Dazzling Crowns & Beautiful Fillings
Broken teeth can make it very hard to speak and chew properly, and they can leave you feeling too self-conscious to smile. If you want to continue to live a full life, you should have your teeth repaired as soon as possible – ideally with a restoration that blends right in with the rest of them. Dr. Palmer offers a wide variety of options for protecting and rebuilding teeth – many of which can be applied in as little as a day! Contact our Houston office today to find relief for your damaged pearly whites.
Why Choose Gregory Palmer, DMD & Associates for Restorative Dentistry?
- Same-Day CEREC® Crowns
- Fillings That Match Your Teeth’s Color
- Comfortable, Modern Office
What if I Do Nothing?
A broken or damaged tooth might not seem like a big issue at first, especially if it’s where no one else can see it. However, if you continue chewing with that tooth, any chips or cracks could grow larger, and eventually, the entire structure could be compromised. Also, broken teeth are more likely to become infected since bacteria can slip past the enamel more easily to reach the pulp, leading to severe pain and the need to undergo a root canal.
You’re probably already familiar with dental crowns, which are basically “caps” that completely cover a tooth. We’ll normally recommend a crown whenever you have a tooth that is cracked, worn down, or weakened; we might also use one if there’s a cavity that’s too big to fill. Crowns can be made from different materials. Some are composed of a metal alloy or a combination of porcelain and metal, but if you’re concerned about appearances, your best option will most likely be a beautiful all-ceramic crown that’s custom-designed to match your other teeth.
To fix the damage inflicted by tooth decay, we can place a filling made from composite resin. The material can be placed in less than an hour, and unlike metal fillings, we can color it to match the rest of your teeth. The composite resin bonds directly to the enamel; that means we won’t have to remove as much natural tooth structure to make room for it. This type of filling contains no mercury, making it a safe option when it comes to your health.
One-Visit Inlays/ Onlays
Unlike a crown that covers all the surfaces of a tooth, inlays and onlays are designed to only fill in the decayed area. They fit perfectly with a tooth, almost like a puzzle piece. Compared to dental crowns, inlays and onlays offer a much more conservative option that doesn’t require the removal of as much healthy tooth structure. And, thanks to CEREC® technology, we can have a lifelike restoration made for you in just one visit!
CEREC® One-Visit Restorations
Thanks to CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics), you won’t have to wait several weeks to receive your dental crown. A special camera will take numerous images of your teeth, and the CEREC software will combine them into a 3D model. Based on that information, a machine will then mill your new crown out of a block of porcelain. The procedure is normally completed in about one to two hours, and in the end, you’ll walk away with a beautiful, precisely designed restoration!
Full Mouth Reconstruction
Have your teeth become extremely worn down over the years, or has your mouth suffered a severe injury? We can perform a full mouth reconstruction to repair all your teeth at once. After a thorough examination, we’ll make a plan for placing crowns, fillings, dental implants, and other restorations as needed. Our ultimate goal is to completely renew the function (and appearance) of your teeth in order to improve your oral health and quality of life.