Damaged or Broken Teeth?
Restorative Dentistry in South Philadelphia
If you have a damaged or decayed tooth and need restorative care, we use high-quality, durable materials and our dentists are highly skilled in restorative treatments. Dr. Bill and Dr. Barnes specialize in restorative care, and we offer everything from fillings to crowns and implants. Call today to schedule a visit and get the treatment you need to smile again.
Composite & Amalgam Fillings
We offer both composite and amalgam fillings at our office. Composite fillings are made of tooth-colored dental resin and they offer superior aesthetic results because they are made to match the color of your teeth.
Amalgam fillings are another option for restoring a tooth that has been damaged by decay. These fillings are made of a blend of metals, which means that they have a grayish color. However, they are extremely durable and long-lasting, and they are usually completely covered by dental insurance. During your appointment, we’ll go over your options and help you decide which treatment is best for you!
Treat Gum Disease
Gum disease affects nearly half of all American adults. With proper care, the disease can be completely eliminated in its early stages. Deep cleaning (scaling & root planing) is typically the first step in gum disease treatment. This procedure involves using special dental tools to remove plaque and bacteria away from between your teeth and gums, and to smooth the roots of your teeth where bacteria tend to collect. Along with antibiotic treatments, this is often enough to treat mild cases of gum disease.
At Mestichelli Barnes Dental Associates, we also offer gum grafting to treat more severe cases of periodontal disease. During this treatment, our dentists use tissue from elsewhere in your mouth to restore and reshape your gums after they have receded or after the gum tissue has been damaged.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is required to save your tooth if it has become infected due to an untreated cavity or oral injury. When the hard, outer layers of enamel and dentin that surround your tooth are damaged, the interior “pulp” is exposed to oral bacteria. Eventually, this can lead to a painful infection. Root canal therapy is used to open up a small hole in your tooth and remove the decayed material. The tooth is then disinfected, filled, and restored. This treatment eliminates your infection and saves your tooth.
Crowns in One Visit
CEREC Same-Day Crowns
Our office is equipped with CEREC technology, which allows our team to create natural-looking dental crowns in just one visit. This means that you won’t have to wait for a third-party lab to manufacture your crown and you also won’t need to deal with wearing an uncomfortable temporary crown. Crowns are, essentially, a false tooth made of porcelain. They are designed to fit perfectly over your existing tooth after it has been trimmed, covering up your natural tooth structure all the way down to your gum line.
Dental crowns are often the best option for restoring seriously damaged or decayed teeth. They are used to repair teeth that have been cracked or broken due to dental trauma, or to treat deep cavities. Crowns may also be recommended to replace a large dental fillings that have failed, or to cover up your tooth after root canal treatment.