Restorative Dentistry

THE SOLUTION YOUR SMILE NEEDS

Restorative Dentistry

Do you have a tooth that has been damaged by tooth decay, injury, or other factors? Are you missing one or more teeth? If you answered yes to these questions, restorative dentistry is the solution your smile needs. Restorative dentistry is focused on restoring teeth that are damaged or missing. At Northwest Dental Arts & Sleep Therapy, we offer several restorative dental treatments to accommodate your individual desires and needs. Whether your tooth is affected by minor tooth decay or major trauma, and whether you are missing just one tooth or all of the natural teeth, we have the answers you need. Our talented dentist, Dr. Jennifer B. Frankel, is dedicated to providing outstanding restorative dentistry in Keizer, Oregon to restore the function, health, and appearance of your smile.

If you have noticed tooth damage or have suffered the loss of one or more teeth, we welcome you to call or visit us today to schedule your visit with Dr. Jennifer B. Frankel. We also encourage you to contact our dental office if you are experiencing any type of dental pain. Tooth pain, as well as tenderness in the gums and other areas of the mouth, may be symptomatic of a serious dental problem. Contact us today to learn more about our restorative dental treatments and to schedule your appointment at our practice!

Jennifer B. Frankel, DMD

A SAMPLING OF OUR RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY OPTIONS

If you are missing one tooth or a few teeth in a row, Dr. Jennifer B. Frankel may suggest a bridge. Dental bridges are restorations used to permanently restore your smile. Bridges are fixed (non-removable) dental restorations, so you can comfortably chew, eat, speak, smile, and laugh without worrying about your bridge coming loose or shifting. The artificial replacement tooth, which is called a pontic, is anchored in place by two dental crowns, which are attached to the teeth or dental implants adjacent to the gap. This ensures that the replacement teeth are secure and stable. Dental bridges are designed to look and function just like your natural teeth, and they can be created from a variety of materials. Your dental bridge in Keizer, Oregon can be created from high-quality porcelain to blend in with your natural teeth and aesthetically restore your smile. Our caring dentist may recommend a dental bridge to:

  • Alleviate uneven strain on the bite
  • Improve your ability to properly chew, eat, and speak
  • Restore lost facial shape and volume
  • Prevent the remaining natural teeth from shifting in the mouth
  • Enhance the appearance of your smile

For more information on dental bridges and our other tooth replacement options, we welcome you to call or visit us at Northwest Dental Arts & Sleep Therapy today.

BridgesIf you are missing a tooth, Dr. Jennifer B. Frankel may recommend a dental bridge.
BridgesThe teeth next to the gap are prepared to receive dental crowns by being gently shaped and buffed.
BridgesThe dental bridge is placed on the abutment (anchoring) teeth, ensuring that your bridge is a stable, effective restoration.

A crown is used to restore a damaged tooth by completely encasing the tooth, beginning at the gum line. Dental crowns are custom made to match the appearance, size, and shape of the natural tooth so that your smile will look beautiful and natural. Your dental crown in Keizer, Oregon can be created from gold, which is a very durable choice of material, from porcelain fused to metal, which combines aesthetics with strength, or from porcelain, which provides a natural-looking effect. Dr. Jennifer B. Frankel, our knowledgeable dentist, will help you determine which type of crown is right for your particular needs. Dental crowns can be used for a variety of purposes, including:

  • To cover and complete a dental implant
  • To restore a seriously damaged or decayed tooth
  • To attach and anchor a dental bridge
  • To enhance the beauty of your smile
  • To strengthen a weakened or cracked tooth
  • To support a large dental filling

In most cases, your custom dental crown can be placed in only two pleasant visits to Northwest Dental Arts & Sleep Therapy. We will make certain that your crown fits comfortably and aesthetically. For more information on how a dental crown can improve the health, function, and beauty of your smile, we invite you to contact us soon.

CrownsDr. Jennifer B. Frankel may suggest a crown if a tooth is severely discolored, damaged, or decayed.
CrownsDental crowns are designed to entirely cover the portion of the tooth that is visible above the gums.
CrownsThe tooth is carefully shaped and prepared to accommodate the size of the permanent, custom-made dental crown. The crown is cemented in place.
CrownsOnce the crown has been placed, your smile will be restored to optimal health and appearance.

Are you missing one or more teeth? Our gentle dentist at Northwest Dental Arts & Sleep Therapy may recommend dental implants in Keizer, Oregon to replace your missing teeth and restore your smile. Dental implants are used to permanently replace your missing teeth. The titanium implant is surgically placed in the jawbone, replacing the missing tooth root. Because the dental implant is actually implanted into the bone, it is a very secure, stable tooth replacement. After a period of healing, Dr. Jennifer B. Frankel will place the dental implant restoration, which replaces the crown of the missing tooth. Your dental implant restoration may be a:

  • Full denture or partial denture
  • Dental bridge
  • Dental crown

The type of dental restoration used depends on how many teeth are missing and on your personal preferences. When complete, the dental implant will look, feel, and function just like your natural tooth. If you properly care for your dental implant through daily brushing and flossing, as well as routine visits to our dental office, the implant can last for a lifetime. To learn more about the advantages of dental implants, we invite you call or visit our friendly dental team today. We are dedicated to restoring your smile and your life!

Dental ImplantA dental implant consists of a screw or post that supports a crown or other type of dental restoration. Implants are used to replace missing teeth.
Dental ImplantThe implant is surgically placed in your gums, then the crown, bridge, or other restoration is placed on top to restore your smile.
Dental ImplantAfter the implant is completed, it will restore the health, function, and beauty of your smile by functioning just like a natural tooth.

Are you missing multiple teeth? If so, our friendly dentist may suggest dentures and partials. Dentures are removable oral appliances used to replace several or all of the teeth in the mouth. Full dentures, which are also known as complete dentures, are used to replace all of the teeth in the upper arch, lower arch, or both. Partials (partial dentures) are used to replace multiple missing teeth when some natural teeth still remain. Both full and partial dentures are created using artificial teeth that are supported by a pink, gum-colored base. Partial dentures may use a metal framework or clasps. Dentures in Keizer, Oregon are custom made to look and feel like your natural teeth. Dr. Jennifer B. Frankel is committed to restoring the beauty, health, and function of your smile. She may suggest dentures and partials in order to:

  • Enhance the appearance of your smile
  • Improve your facial volume and shape
  • Restore your ability to chew, speak, and eat as normal

We know that some patients worry about their dentures coming loose or slipping. We ensure that your dentures fit securely and comfortably so you can eat, speak, smile, and laugh with confidence. We invite you to contact us at Northwest Dental Arts & Sleep Therapy soon to learn more about dentures!

Dentures and PartialsDentures are composed of prosthetic teeth that are set in a pink or gum-colored base. Your dentures will be custom made from natural-looking, comfortable materials.
Dentures and PartialsPartial dentures are used to replace multiple missing teeth when some natural teeth remain, and they are often supported by metal clasps or framework.
Dentures and PartialsFull dentures are used to replace a full arch of missing teeth. This type of denture sits directly on your gums to restore the function, beauty, and health your smile.
When you visit Northwest Dental Arts & Sleep Therapy, our dental team works hard to ensure that your experience is pleasant and enjoyable. To enhance your dental experience, we are pleased to offer drill-free dentistry. If your tooth is damaged by decay, we can now repair the damage and restore the health of your tooth with no drills, no anesthetic, and no needles. If we detect early decay using X-rays, our gentle dentist may recommend a treatment called Icon®. Icon involves repairing the tooth with a resin infiltration method. We apply Icon at the site of decay to restore the health of the tooth. This treatment preserves your healthy tooth structure, unlike traditional fillings that require drilling away the tooth structure. This helps to increase the life expectancy of the tooth and ensures that your smile stays in the best of health. Because Icon treatment does not require drilling or otherwise removing tooth structure, it is a completely painless treatment option and does not require that we numb your mouth. Icon drill-free treatment can be completed in just one comfortable visit to our dental office. For more information on Icon and drill-free dentistry in Keizer, Oregon, we welcome you to contact us today. Dr. Jennifer B. Frankel and her team are eager to care for your smile!
Drill Free DentistryIf your dentist detects early decay that has not resulted in significant damage to your tooth, she may suggest Icon® drill-free dentistry.
Drill Free DentistryWe use the Icon system to repair the tooth through resin infiltration, without requiring needles or drills.
Drill Free DentistryYour tooth will be restored to optimal health without compromising the natural structure of the tooth.

If a tooth is decayed or damaged, we may recommend a filling. Fillings are one of the most basic restorative dental treatments available, and they are especially popular for repairing cavities. There are two main types of dental fillings: composite fillings and amalgam fillings. Composite fillings, also known as white fillings or tooth-colored fillings, are created using composite resin. This type of dental filling is both durable and aesthetic; the color of the composite filling is matched to your natural tooth color. Amalgam fillings, on the other hand, are silver in color and are created from a mixture of metals. Both composite and amalgam fillings are used to restore the health and function of a tooth that suffers from mild to moderate decay or damage.

Dental fillings can be completed in only one visit to Northwest Dental Arts & Sleep Therapy. Your knowledgeable dentist will first remove the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth, then clean the tooth. Dr. Jennifer B. Frankel will then fill in the tooth with the chosen filling material. She will carefully sculpt the filling to comfortably fit your bite. The dental filling is hardened using a special light. When complete, the filling restores your oral health. For more information on dental fillings in Keizer, Oregon, please call or visit us today.

FillingsIf Dr. Jennifer B. Frankel detects tooth decay, she may recommend a filling. The decayed or damaged portion of the tooth is removed.
FillingsThe dental filling is placed in the space left after the decay has been removed, effectively restoring the health and function of your smile. Dr. Jennifer B. Frankel carefully shapes the filling to match the shape of your natural tooth.

Root canal therapy is a restorative treatment that may be needed if your tooth is severely infected or damaged. When tooth decay or injury reach past the enamel and deep into the tooth, the dental pulp (the soft, innermost tooth layer) and tooth nerves may become infected and damaged. Infection in the tooth pulp and nerves can result in a significant amount of pain, including the following symptoms:

  •  Severe tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  •  Intense tooth pain, especially when chewing and biting
  •  A discoloration or darkening of the tooth
  •  Tenderness and swelling in the nearby gums
  •  A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums

To alleviate these symptoms and restore the health of your smile, our experienced dentist may recommend a root canal in Keizer, Oregon. Root canal therapy involves removing the infected tooth nerves and dental pulp, then filling the tooth with a special medicated material. Once the infected tissues are removed, Dr. Jennifer B. Frankel will seal the tooth with a dental crown or filling to restore the tooth’s structure and appearance. Root canal therapy can typically be completed in just one or two comfortable visits to Northwest Dental Arts & Sleep Therapy. We welcome you to contact us today to learn more and to schedule your visit to our office.

Root Canal TherapyIf tooth damage or decay is not treated, it can lead to an infection in the dental pulp and tooth nerves. To restore your oral health, Dr. Jennifer B. Frankel may prescribe root canal therapy.
Root Canal TherapyA small opening is made in the tooth.
Root Canal TherapyAn endodontic file is used to clean and shape the canals of the tooth.
Root Canal TherapyThe opening in the tooth is sealed with a filling material called gutta percha.
Root Canal TherapyA post is then inserted in the tooth to provide support and maintain the shape of the tooth.
Root Canal TherapyA dental crown is placed on top of the tooth in order to seal it and restore its original structure and appearance.