For many people, dental implants offer the best solution to missing teeth. An implant is a titanium post, resembling a screw, which is surgically placed into the jawbone. The post serves as an artificial tooth root on which a restoration is attached, creating a completely natural looking and functioning result. Dr. Kooyman is experienced in implant dentistry, and can restore function to your smile with implants, whether you are missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all of your natural teeth.
If you have multiple dental issues affecting the function, health, and appearance of your teeth, you may be a good candidate for full mouth rehabilitation. This multi-step procedure represents the most comprehensive restorative dentistry option available at our Meridian practice. No matter your dental problems, from tooth decay and damage, to misalignment and missing teeth, Dr. Kooyman can help. Each full mouth rehabilitation plan is customized to fit the exact needs of the patient and may include cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures, as well as general dentistry procedures to fully restore your smile and dental health.
Dental crowns are custom-made shells of porcelain, designed to fit over the entire surface of a tooth like a cap. Crowns are often used to give strength to a damaged tooth, such as after endodontic (root canal) therapy or injury. They can also be used to cover imperfections such as cracks or misalignments. Traditionally, it takes at least two visits to place dental crowns: one to prepare the tooth and make an impression, and a second to place the crown once it is created by a dental laboratory. At Signature Dental, we can create your dental crown right in our office and place it during the same visit using the E4D Dentist System.
Inlays and onlays are custom-made porcelain restorations that are often used when a tooth has a deep cavity or is badly damaged. They are used when a tooth requires more strength than a filling can provide, but a full crown is not needed. An inlay is placed between the cusps of a tooth, while an onlay covers at least one of the cusps. While it typically takes two visits to place inlays or onlays, we use the E4D Dentist System to create and place these restorations in just one office visit.
Sometimes, a tooth becomes so badly infected that it affects the blood vessels, nerves, and tissues (called the pulp) within the root canal of the tooth. Often, the only way to save such a tooth is with endodontic treatment. During this procedure, the pulp is removed from the tooth’s root canals which are then filled with dental cement. A tooth that has undergone endodontic treatment is typically covered with a dental crown to restore it to full strength.
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