Restorative Dentistry in St. Petersburg, FL : Jeffery A. Spilman D.D.S.
Restorative dentistry applies to a lot of different things but as it implies fixing teeth. The first line of defense that has been around for a long time is a filling. I place all white fillings. I haven’t used any amalgam fillings containing mercury since about 1999. Restoring someone’s mouth also can mean replacing teeth, whether that be with a bridge that is cemented in place permanently or whether it be something that they take in and out. So restorative dentistry really implies fixing a tooth, whether it be a filling or a crown to restore their mouth back to health.
Whether you have only minor tooth decay or you are in need of major dental work to restore your dental and oral health, Jeffery A. Spilman DDS can help you with restorative dentistry. We are here for you to get you out of pain and into a beautiful, healthy smile again. Our procedures in dental restorative dentistry in St. Petersburg, FL include tooth-colored fillings, root canals, crowns and bridges, implant restorations, and dentures.
A cavity occurs after plaque is allowed to sit on the surface of a tooth long enough to harden and become calculus (tartar). It then begins to eat away at the protective enamel of the tooth, causing tooth decay. To arrest the development of the decay, Dr. Spilman will numb the tooth and create a small opening in it, getting rid of all of the decay in the cavity. Once the decay is removed, we will then fill the hole with composite resin.
Traditionally, cavities were filled with a metal amalgam, which was not only unattractive but also contained mercury. At Jeffery A. Spilman DDS, we’re proud to say we have been metal-free since 1993! We use only tooth-colored composite resin fillings, which are both more attractive and safer to use than traditional metal fillings.
If tooth decay or damage reaches the soft pulp of a tooth, a simple filling will not be enough to prevent infection and ensure the health of the tooth in the future. In these cases, Dr. Spilman will perform a root canal, which will rid the tooth of infection, replace the tooth’s pulp with an inert material, and seal it off again.
Crowns, Bridges, and Dentures
In most cases of root canals, a crown will need to be made that will be anchored to the tooth and will look, function, and feel like a natural tooth. To reduce the number of appointments you need to make to have your dental work completed, we offer same-day crown prep with our root canals if you prefer.
If we need to perform an extraction or if you have a missing tooth, we can either create a bridge that will be anchored to the missing tooth’s adjacent teeth, or we can create esthetic claspless partial dentures with no visible metal. If you would prefer a dental implant, we can refer you to a specialist for this, and if you have an old implant that needs work, Dr. Spilman is very experienced with implant restoration, as well.