Cosmetic & Restorative DentistryA healthy smile can boost your self-esteem and increase your confidence. It can also help you make a positive and lasting first impression on others. In addition to regular dental visits and good at-home oral health habits, there are many ways to bring your smile to the next level of radiance. Cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures help you improve your smile, and restore beauty and function to your teeth. Our dental health team enjoys learning and training in the latest cosmetic dental treatments and procedures. Together, we can help you achieve a bright, long-lasting smile.
Tooth Colored Fillings
Composite fillings can help you achieve a more natural looking smile, while also adding protection against broken teeth in the future. The composite material we use provides a tooth-colored filling that has improved stability, strength, and color. We carefully match the material to your existing tooth structure. Bonding also enhances the aesthetics of your smile. It can be used to correct gaps or cracks in teeth, to cover up stains, discolored teeth, or as a filling after a cavity has been removed.
Porcelain veneers are custom-made, thin casings that are applied to the front side of teeth to correct discoloration, chips, and misshapen teeth. Like composite fillings, they are made with tooth-colored materials, and will look and feel natural in your mouth. Typically, a small amount of tooth enamel will have to be removed in order to fit the veneers onto your teeth. This makes the procedure an often irreversible treatment option, so be prepared for a permanent improved look to your smile!
A dental crown may be necessary if your tooth has been fractured, damaged, or is in an advanced stage of tooth decay. This is especially true if your tooth cannot be repaired with bonding materials. A crown restores aesthetics and function to a tooth, and provides additional protection from future harm. Dental crowns can be made from several materials, including porcelain and ceramic.
A dental bridge is used when tooth loss occurs due to decay, injury, or gum disease. Leaving a missing or injured tooth unfixed can create larger problems for you and your dental health. If your teeth begin to shift, it can result in pain and discomfort, not to mention look unsightly. A bridge helps close the gaps in your mouth and looks and acts like your natural teeth. The bridge is permanently cemented in your mouth and helps maintain the position of the rest of your teeth.
Partials & Complete Dentures
If you are missing teeth and want to restore a natural looking, healthy smile, dentures may be a good option. For patients missing all of their teeth, complete dentures are used. Partial dentures are available to patients who still retain some of their natural teeth. Like many of our restorative and cosmetic treatments, dentures restore function, health and beauty to a patient’s smile. In addition, they are custom made to fit comfortably and snugly within a patient’s mouth and help restore the ability to speak and eat. Properly placed dentures also help prevent facial sagging.
If restorative dental treatments such as fillings, crowns, or root canals are not enough to save a tooth, it may be necessary to pull (or extract) the tooth. In some cases, removing a compromised tooth can help return a patient to optimal oral health. If you need to have a tooth extracted, we will discuss the various treatment options with you, as well as tooth replacement options following the extraction procedure.
Charles A. Sowieja, D.D.S., S.C
201 N. Center Ave., Merrill, WI 54452
Phone: (715) 536-7104
Fax: (715) 536-3759
Monday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Thursday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm