Having a complete and healthy smile promotes good overall health. Tooth loss affects your ability to eat, speak, and smile with full confidence. If decay or injury affect the health and beauty of your teeth, services in restorative dentistry come to the rescue. We welcome patients from Colchester, Vermont, as well as Burlington, Shelburne, Essex Junction, and South Burlington to visit our office for superior restorative dentistry services. Request an appointment today!
Dental Crowns & Bridges
If you need tooth replacement or restoration of a significantly decayed or damaged tooth, dental crowns and bridges provide renewed strength and beauty for your smile. A dental crown can cover a damaged tooth or restore a dental implant for single tooth replacement. Multiple crowns affixed to one another form a dental bridge.
Composite resin can fill the holes (cavities) left by tooth decay without taking away from the appearance of your smile. Because they blend with the shade of your enamel, we call them tooth-colored, or white, fillings. Your Colchester dentist offers the option at Liscio Dental. The restorative method provides a number of benefits in addition to being highly aesthetic.
Advantages associated with tooth-colored fillings include…
- Biocompatible and completely metal-free.
- Composite resin is less sensitive to heat and cold.
- Precise color matching blends perfectly with surrounding tooth enamel.
- White fillings dry within minutes under a special curing light.
- White fillings last for just as long as silver.
The material used in tooth-colored fillings can also be applied to the front teeth to make cosmetic improvements. Your dentist can artistically sculpt a new size, shape, and overall appearance with direct bonding, an efficient alternative to more expensive or time consuming cosmetic procedures.
Dentures & Partials
Dentures and partials are a reliable tooth replacement method after significant tooth loss. A partial denture replaces missing teeth when there are still some healthy natural teeth remaining in the gum line. It is secured with clasps or brackets. A complete denture replaces all the teeth in the upper or lower jaw. It is secured using natural suction and with the help of a denture adhesive, as desired.
Dentures are prosthetic teeth attached to a plastic base that resembles your gum tissue. They may take some getting used to at first, but patients are able to speak, smile, and eat normally after a brief adjustment period. Continue using your dentures every day, cut your food into small bites, and practice reading aloud to get used to your new prosthetic more quickly.
With proper care and maintenance, your denture will function and fit properly for five to six years before it needs replacing. Let your dentist know if it becomes loose or uncomfortable.
Our number one goal is to save your natural teeth when possible — but sometimes, removal is necessary for your oral and overall health. If we recommend extraction for the good of your smile, don’t be alarmed. Dr. John Liscio provides comfortable, efficient teeth removal as needed.
Socket Preservation / Bone Grafting
The body reduces bone structure where it is not used, and that means your jaw bone can quickly lose its strength and shape after the loss of one or more teeth. Once the contour of the tissue has been reabsorbed, it will never be regained — so prevention is crucial.
To keep resorption from occurring after a tooth extraction, we perform socket preservation. A platelet-rich membrane is placed in the socket after the tooth is removed, then the socket is closed and healing begins. In addition to socket preservation, we also perform bone grafting to build up lost tissue volume in advance of procedures like dental implants. A sinus lift is a type of bone augmentation that creates more space in the area of the upper back jaw.
Root Canal Therapy in Colchester
Root canal therapy (endodontic treatment) isn’t anything to be afraid of. And if you need one, a root canal may be the only way to rescue your natural tooth from extraction. We perform root canal therapy as needed to repair severely decayed or damaged teeth. Local anesthesia is available for your complete comfort.