Restorative Dentistry for Allentown
If you do require care due to dental decay or damage, Dr. Eric J. Marsh and Dr. Michel A. Pisano-Marsh have training and experience in a variety of restorative dentistry services to repair and renew damaged smiles. We provide restorative care while ensuring your complete comfort — call our team right away if you experience any dental pain or damage. Our Allentown, PA office warmly welcomes patients from nearby Emmaus and Fullerton.
Traditional Dental Crown & Bridge
In order to repair teeth that are too damaged for restoration with more conservative tooth-colored fillings, we may recommend a dental crown. This custom-crafted restorative treatment looks like a tooth and is sometimes referred to as a cap. Dental crowns can also be used to support a replacement tooth or teeth. Two dental crowns, one on each end, can be fused to the replacement tooth creating a fixed bridge. The bridge is then attached to surrounding healthy teeth.
We custom-craft crowns and bridges from a variety of materials, and each has a unique set of advantages and disadvantages. Gold crowns are sometimes recommended for back teeth. While these restorations are the most noticeable in appearance, they are also the most durable and create the least wear against opposing teeth. Porcelain fused-to-metal crowns combine the durability of gold crowns with the more aesthetic porcelain. We also offer all-ceramic fillings that retain their natural appearance even after years of wear. These are the preferred solution for teeth in the front of your smile. Gold, porcelain fused to metal, all porcelain, or zirconia are materials that may be right for your smile. Our doctors will be happy to discuss your options and help you to find the choice that is right for you.
Regardless of the material, the dental crown or bridge process remains the same. You’ll need to schedule two appointments in our office. During your initial visit, we prepare the damaged tooth, capture bite registrations, create a digital scan, and place a temporary crown or bridge to protect the treated teeth. The impressions are sent to our dental lab where the custom restoration is crafted. Once we receive this final crown or bridge from the lab, you return to our office to exchange the temporary for a custom restoration.
Traditional fillings were crafted from a metal amalgam material. While these fillings were durable and restored lost tooth structure, they were immediately noticeable within the smile, and required the removal of healthy tooth structure to wedge the filling in place. In recent years, we’ve shifted to relying on tooth-colored fillings as the standard restoration material.
Unlike amalgams, these natural-looking composite resin fillings can be directly applied to the damaged tooth or teeth. In a putty-like state, the composite seeps into the smallest pits and grooves, and once we harden the material in place, it creates a strong, lasting bond with the tooth. In addition to repairing minor damage or decay, composite resin is also used for purely cosmetic purposes as part of direct bonding treatments.
Partial & Full Dentures
For more extensive tooth loss, we may recommend dentures. Partial and full dentures use a base material to support a number of replacement teeth. Partials fill in gaps in a smile; the base material is crafted to fit between remaining healthy teeth and is held in position using clasps. A full denture is molded to fit against the gum line, creating natural suction that holds the denture in place. We also offer dental implant supported dentures.
Each tooth has three layers: the hard outer enamel layer, the supportive inner dentin layer, and the protective inner pulp layer where the tooth’s nerve is housed. Root canal therapy is necessary when damage or decay accesses the pulp layer of the tooth.
Root canal therapy has a bad reputation, but we have some good news for you. While the toothache that indicates a need for root canal treatment may be painful, the procedure itself actually significantly relieves the toothache pain.
During a root canal, the pulp layer of the tooth and the nerve are removed. This removal relieves pain and discomfort almost immediately.Our dentists decontaminate the inside of the tooth before refilling it with a rubbery material called gutta percha. Finally, we reseal the tooth, and in many cases, place a dental crown to fortify and protect the root canal treated tooth from further breakage and deterioration.
Our skilled dentists go above and beyond to help patients keep their smiles whole, but there are some situations where tooth extraction is beneficial for oral and overall health. When this happens, one of our dentists will perform safe and effective tooth extraction in our office. If we feel your particular situation requires the skill of a specialist, we may partner with a local oral surgeon to ensure your safety and successful treatment.