Restorative Dentistry in Boise, Idaho
What Are the benefits of Restorative dentistry?
Teeth whitening is a common cosmetic procedure that is primarily used to brighten teeth. Whitening is designed to lighten the shade of your teeth by removing stains using a whitening gel, which essentially acts as a bleaching agent. If you decide that whitening is right for you, our dentist will first conduct a thorough dental exam to make sure you’re healthy enough for whitening.
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Cosmetic tooth-colored fillings
Cosmetic tooth-colored fillings, also known as composite fillings, are dental restorations used to repair teeth that have been damaged by cavities or minor fractures. Unlike traditional metal amalgam fillings, cosmetic fillings are made from a composite resin material that can be color-matched to the natural shade of the patient’s teeth, making them virtually indistinguishable from the surrounding tooth structure. This aesthetic advantage makes cosmetic fillings a popular choice for visible teeth, as they provide a more natural and pleasing appearance while effectively restoring the tooth’s strength and function.
A dental crown is a restorative dental prosthetic that covers and encases a damaged, decayed, or weakened tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and aesthetics. Made from materials like porcelain, ceramic, metal, or a combination, crowns are custom-designed to fit over the prepared tooth, providing protection and support while improving its appearance. They are commonly used to enhance the functionality and appearance of teeth that have undergone extensive decay, fractures, or root canal treatments, effectively helping to preserve the tooth’s integrity and maintaining overall oral health.
Dental implants are surgical components designed to replace missing teeth by serving as artificial tooth roots. They are typically made of biocompatible materials such as titanium and are surgically inserted into the jawbone. Once integrated with the bone, dental implants provide a stable foundation for attaching custom-made artificial teeth, such as crowns, bridges, or dentures. This procedure offers a durable and natural-looking solution for individuals seeking to restore their smile, improve chewing function, and maintain overall oral health.
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Partial and full dentures
Partial dentures are removable dental prosthetics used to replace one or several missing teeth in a person’s mouth. They are typically held in place by clasps that attach to remaining natural teeth. Full dentures, on the other hand, are also removable dental appliances designed to replace a full set of missing teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. They rest on the gums and are often secured with the help of denture adhesive. Both partial and full dentures are utilized to restore functionality and aesthetics to a person’s smile, aiding in chewing, speaking, and maintaining facial structure.
Wisdom tooth extractions
Wisdom tooth extraction is a common dental procedure that involves the surgical removal of one or more wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, typically located at the back of the mouth. These teeth often emerge in late adolescence or early adulthood and can become problematic due to various reasons, such as lack of space, improper alignment, or partial eruption. Extraction is performed to prevent potential complications like pain, infection, damage to adjacent teeth, and overcrowding. The procedure is usually carried out under local or general anesthesia by a dentist or oral surgeon, and recovery involves following post-operative care instructions to minimize discomfort and ensure proper healing.
General tooth extractions
General tooth extraction is a dental procedure in which a tooth is removed from its socket in the jawbone. It is typically performed by a dentist or oral surgeon using specialized tools. The procedure may be necessary due to various reasons, including severe tooth decay, gum disease, crowding, or trauma. Prior to the extraction, the patient is usually given a local anesthetic to numb the area, and in some cases, sedation or general anesthesia might be used to ensure comfort and relaxation. After the extraction, proper care and follow-up instructions are provided to promote healing and prevent complications.
Socket preservation and grafting
Socket preservation, also known as alveolar ridge preservation, is a dental procedure performed after tooth extraction to prevent bone loss in the empty socket where the tooth once was. This technique involves placing bone graft material into the socket, typically using specialized biomaterials or the patient’s own bone, to maintain the shape and dimensions of the bone ridge. This helps preserve the bone structure for future dental procedures, such as dental implants, and enhances aesthetic outcomes. Grafting refers to the process of adding bone graft material to the socket to facilitate this preservation and minimize the bone resorption that naturally occurs after tooth removal.
Restorative Dentistry FAQs
How does GreenTree Dental repair damaged teeth?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium that are surgically placed into the jawbone to support replacement teeth or bridges.
What is the purpose of dental crowns used in restorative dentistry?
Dental crowns serve a crucial role in restorative dentistry at GreenTree Dental. These crowns, often crafted from high-quality materials such as porcelain or ceramic, are designed to cover and encase a damaged or weakened tooth. By doing so, they provide protection, strength, and support to the tooth’s structure, preventing further deterioration and potential fractures. Moreover, dental crowns enhance the tooth’s appearance, as they are customized to match the color and shape of the surrounding teeth, resulting in a seamless and natural-looking smile.
Can you explain the process of getting a dental implant at GreenTree Dental?
Dental implants are a cornerstone of restorative dentistry at GreenTree Dental. This multi-step procedure involves the surgical placement of a titanium implant into the jawbone, which acts as an artificial tooth root. Over time, the implant fuses with the bone through a process called osseointegration, providing a stable foundation for a dental restoration. Once the implant is securely integrated, a lifelike dental crown is affixed to the implant, effectively replacing the missing tooth. This comprehensive approach not only restores functionality but also contributes to improved oral health and aesthetics.
Are tooth-colored fillings available at GreenTree Dental?
Yes, GreenTree Dental is pleased to offer tooth-colored fillings as part of its restorative dentistry services. These fillings, also known as composite fillings, are crafted from a durable and aesthetically pleasing composite resin material. Unlike traditional amalgam fillings, tooth-colored fillings are meticulously matched to the shade of your natural teeth, ensuring a seamless blend that is virtually indistinguishable. This modern approach not only addresses cavities effectively but also maintains the natural beauty of your smile.
How does restorative dentistry improve oral health?
Restorative dentistry plays a vital role in enhancing and maintaining optimal oral health at GreenTree Dental. By promptly addressing dental issues such as cavities, fractures, or missing teeth, restorative treatments prevent these problems from worsening and potentially leading to more complex oral health issues. Through procedures like dental fillings, crowns, and implants, GreenTree Dental’s expert team restores the function of teeth, allowing for proper chewing, speaking, and overall mouth functionality. This comprehensive restoration contributes to better oral hygiene, reduced risk of infections, and an improved quality of life.
What are inlays and onlays, and how do they differ from fillings?
Inlays and onlays are specialized restorative options available at GreenTree Dental, offering an alternative approach to traditional dental fillings. These custom-made restorations are typically used for larger cavities or damaged teeth that may not require a full dental crown. Inlays are designed to fit within the contours of the tooth’s chewing surface, while onlays extend further to cover larger areas, including cusps. Unlike fillings, which are directly placed within the tooth, inlays and onlays are fabricated outside the mouth and then precisely bonded in place, providing a stronger and more durable solution.
Can GreenTree Dental help with chipped or cracked teeth?
Certainly, GreenTree Dental specializes in addressing various dental concerns, including chipped or cracked teeth. Depending on the severity of the damage, several restorative options may be recommended. Dental bonding, for instance, involves the application of a tooth-colored resin to repair minor chips. For more extensive damage, dental veneers are thin shells placed over the front surface of the tooth, effectively concealing chips and cracks while enhancing the tooth’s appearance. In cases where structural integrity is compromised, dental crowns may be utilized to restore both function and aesthetics.
Is restorative dentistry suitable for all age groups?
Yes, restorative dentistry services at GreenTree Dental cater to patients of all age groups. Whether addressing age-related dental concerns, treating dental trauma, or restoring the effects of decay, GreenTree Dental’s comprehensive approach is tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual. From children to seniors, the skilled team at GreenTree Dental is equipped to provide appropriate restorative solutions, contributing to improved oral health, function, and overall well-being across the lifespan.
What should I expect during a restorative dentistry consultation at GreenTree Dental?
Your restorative dentistry consultation at GreenTree Dental is a comprehensive and personalized experience. The skilled dental professionals will begin by thoroughly assessing your oral health, using advanced diagnostic tools to identify any dental issues, such as cavities, fractures, or missing teeth. Based on the evaluation, the team will discuss your treatment options in detail, addressing your concerns and preferences. A tailored treatment plan will be developed, outlining the recommended procedures, potential timelines, and associated costs. This collaborative approach ensures that you are well-informed and comfortable with the proposed restorative treatments.
How can I prevent future dental issues after undergoing restorative procedures?
GreenTree Dental places a strong emphasis on preventive care as an integral part of maintaining the results of your restorative procedures. Following your treatment, the dental team will provide you with detailed instructions on post-procedure care and oral hygiene practices. Adhering to a consistent oral hygiene routine, which includes brushing, flossing, and using antimicrobial mouthwashes, is essential to prevent the recurrence of dental issues. Additionally, attending regular check-ups and cleanings at GreenTree Dental allows the team to monitor your oral health, address any emerging concerns promptly, and provide professional cleanings to preserve the longevity of your restorations. By combining diligent at-home care with routine professional visits, you can effectively safeguard your investment in restorative dentistry and enjoy lasting oral health benefits.
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Meet Our Doctors
Rest assured that your oral health is in good hands with a team that has undergone extensive training and education to provide the best care possible.
Dr. Art Laos
I graduated from Stanford University in 1980; the same year my wife of 41 years and I were married. In 1984, I graduated from USC Dental School and started my dental practice until selling the practice and retiring in 2020.
Dr. Hayden Hess
Dr. Hayden Hess is an Idaho native and second generation dentist. He attended Brigham Young University for his undergraduate studies and went on to receive his Master of Science degree (MS) in biomedical science from the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC).
Dr. Chad Hess
Dr. Chad Hess graduated from Creighton University in 1989. He began his Dental implant training while in dental school. He has now been placing dental implant for the last 34 years.
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My insurance changed so I chose Green Tree Dental for its location and reviews, and thank goodness I found them because they are a gem. Everyone is so friendly and helpful, and it really feels like there's a focus on prevention and education over just getting bodies through the door. At first I was a little taken aback by how personable everyone was, remembering little details like previous conversations and when we will be back. But it feels nice to not feel so anonymous in a doctor's office. Looking forward to more years with this office! So glad I found them!
Went in to for an implant consultation. The staff was very friendly and professional as was the dentist. He was really informative and answered all my questions. They even laughed at my stupid jokes which made me feel even more at ease:) I was extremely happy with my visit
I dont do many reviews but Green Tree Dental is a place where they care about you and you leave feeling valued as a person not just a patient. They are extremely patient with the crazy web of Dental Insurance also!!! Good job Greentree Dental!
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Such a great & inviting environment. Staff are friendly caring & informative Dr Hayden is knowledgeable about his job & informative about what he going to working on very thankful I found my lifetime Dentist office
Green tree dental came to my rescue today. I had a crown break off in the middle of eating and they were able to squeeze me in right away. Very kind people who kept me calm and managed to get several people to help in between other appointments. Thank you!
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