Smile Restoration Services in South Hadley
We work hard to help patients preserve their oral health, but we know that despite your best efforts, dental decay or damage may still occur. That’s why we offer a variety of smile restoration services at Newton Street Dental to renew damaged smiles quickly and effectively. We welcome patients from Holyoke and throughout the northern Springfield area to visit our South Hadley, MA dentistry practice. Contact our team to find out more about smile correction services or to schedule an appointment.
Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns are restorative solutions used to repair dental damage that is too extensive to be restored with a more conservative treatment like a filling. Patients in need of dental crown restoration should plan to visit our office two times. During the first visit, a small amount of dental structure is removed to prepare the tooth to support the crown. Then, impressions are taken to be used by a trusted dental lab to craft a custom crown. In the meantime, our skilled team places a temporary restoration to protect the prepared tooth. Once the custom crown is completed, patients return to our office to exchange their temporary for a custom restoration. A fixed bridge is composed of two dental crowns that are connected on either side of a replacement tooth or teeth. The bridge is held in place by attaching dental crowns to healthy teeth.
CEREC One-Visit Restorations
One way we improve the convenience of dental care is offering same day dentistry, using the chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics (CEREC) system. CEREC is a computer-assisted design/manufacture (CAD/CAM) system that allows our team to plan, craft, and place a custom dental restoration in a single visit. CEREC crowns are crafted from a single block of high quality, dental-grade porcelain for a seamless restoration. Patients who choose CEREC should plan to be in our office for 1 to 2 hours. The process starts with the removal of a small amount of damaged dental structure to prepare the tooth. Then, the CEREC system captures digital impressions. These impressions are able to capture every contour of patients’ prepared teeth for a precisely crafted crown. The impressions are immediately transferred to the state-of-the-art CEREC milling unit, where the crown is crafted in our office. We are then able to place the restoration immediately.
Root Canal Therapy
The term root canal can be frightening for patients since root canals have a reputation for being painful, but the procedure is actually quite comfortable. The pain involved in root canals is due to the infected inner pulp tissue of the tooth. The pulp contains the nerve system of the tooth, and when decay or trauma reaches this inner layer of the tooth, the result is painful. Root canals allow us to remove the entire pulp layer of teeth, refill the tooth with biocompatible materials, and place a dental crown over the treated tooth in order to restore the structure.
Dentures & Partials
Traditional removable partial and full dentures have offered reliable care for patients for decades. Partial dentures are used to replace several teeth on a single arch. Crafted from replacement teeth set into a gum colored base, partials clip into place and are attached to remaining teeth, filling gaps in smiles like a puzzle piece. Full dentures are full arches of replacement teeth set into a malleable gum-like base. The base is precisely shaped to fit against the gum line, creating suction that holds the dentures securely in position.
In most cases, we work hard to help patients retain their healthy natural dental structures, but there are some occasions when tooth extraction is the best solution to preserve oral health. Wisdom teeth, the last to erupt in the smile, are the most frequently extracted teeth, but we may also recommend extraction for severely decayed teeth or as part of orthodontic care. When extraction is necessary, Dr. Douglas Leigh offers safe, comfortable tooth removal.