Restoring Oral Health and Rebuilding Smiles with Restorations
Ideally, with diligent oral hygiene and regularly scheduled appointments for professional dental care, teeth will last a lifetime. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case as smiles can experience damage, whether due to trauma, infection, or decay.
At Panneton Dental Group, we understand the impact a healthy, beautiful, and functional smile has on oral and overall wellness, and that’s why our Omaha dentist, Dr. Mark Panneton, provides restorative dentistry.
From working to save natural smiles as much as possible, to performing gentle extractions, and replacing missing teeth with beautiful traditional or implant-supported dental restorations, we deliver the care you deserve that has your best interest in mind. Contact our Omaha dental practice today to schedule a visit with our skilled and compassionate dentist.
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Why Choose Panneton Dental Group for Restorative Care?
Our leading dentist, Dr. Mark Panneton is highly skilled and has over 30 years of experience in many forms of restorative dentistry, including surgical and non-surgical procedures such as dental implant placement, bridges, dentures, and performing full smile reconstruction treatment after an emergency.
Along with the extensive knowledge necessary to deliver these kinds of treatments, Dr. Panneton uses innovative dental technology which allows for safe, comprehensive, and effective care. Nomad hand-held x-rays provide digital pictures of your teeth, gums, jawbone, and other structures while exposing you to less radiation. CO2 dental lasers are used for anything from soft-tissue surgery to dental implant preparation.
Our office is also equipped with CEREC® technology, giving us complete freedom to offer same-day crowns. This is especially helpful if you’re visiting us for extensive smile reconstruction after dental trauma of any kind.
By using these technologies paired with composite and porcelain materials, we can ensure that your restorations are virtually indistinguishable from your natural smile.
What Issues Can Dental Restoration Fix?
Minor Decay, Chips, Cracks, and Fractures – Treatment with fillings is ideal for filling in the gaps left in tooth enamel after we’ve removed decay. Our white fillings are matched to your natural smile allowing for beautiful and lasting results.
Extensive Decay, Damage, and Wear – Crown restorations cover the entire structure of a badly-damaged or otherwise vulnerable tooth. They are created specifically to mimic the look, feel and function of a healthy tooth.
Infected or Abscessed Teeth – Root canal procedures are used to save as much natural tooth structure as possible when threatened by infection. The inner nerves and pulp are removed during root canal therapy, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned, sealed, and then topped with a filling or crown.
Missing Teeth – Whether you’re missing one tooth or all your teeth, dental implants are highly recommended to restore your smile completely.
Our Available Treatments for Dental Restoration
Restorative dentistry services provided at our office include:
Why Consider Dental Implants?
Dental implants are highly favorable because they can completely replace one or many missing teeth, from root to crown. Much of their success is because the titanium components are accepted by the body, allowing them to fuse with tissue and bone in a process called osseointegration.
Not only do implants serve as artificial tooth roots when surgically placed in the jawbone, but they also put a stop to many oral health issues caused by prolonged tooth loss. These can include anything from jawbone resorption, to the shifting of neighboring teeth, and sagging of natural facial features.
When your crown, bridge, full, or partial denture restoration is affixed to dental implants, there is no need for adhesives, temporaries, or the worry of your appliance slipping or becoming dislodged.
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Because dental implants must fuse properly with gums and bone, a strong, healthy jawbone is essential for holding your posts permanently in place. Successful treatment also depends on a good foundation of oral and overall health.
Healthy adults, both young and mature who are willing to invest in the longevity of their smile are often great candidates for implants. To find out if you qualify, schedule your consultation with us today!
Why Choose Restorations Supported by Implants?
While both traditional and implant-supported restorations utilize crowns, bridges, dentures, and partials, the difference is how they stay secure.
Traditional restorations use natural suction, adhesives, or neighboring teeth for support. Implant-supported restorations, however, use the strong foundation provided by dental implant posts to secure your chosen prosthetic.
With accurate implant placement from Dr. Panneton, your implant-supported restoration will not slip or become dislodged so you can smile with renewed confidence, beauty, and peace of mind.
Implant Crowns for Single-Tooth Replacement
Crowns replace a tooth when it is missing or is so severely damaged that it must be removed. The crown is attached to a dental implant post which secures it in place, keeping your new tooth and surrounding teeth from shifting out of position.
Implant-Supported Bridges for Replacing Several Teeth
Bridges replace two or more missing teeth in a row. Although there are many types, bridge restorations supported by dental implants are often the strongest option for restoring several missing teeth at once.
Implant-Supported Full Dentures & Partials for Smile Restoration
Implant-supported dentures have special fixtures that snap on with attachments to as little as four implants. Complete dentures are used to restore an entire arch of missing teeth, whereas partials are ideal for replacing multiple missing teeth.
Have More Questions About Dental Implants? We’ve Got Answers!
When visiting us for dental implant treatment, Dr. Panneton always encourages you to voice your concerns and ask him any questions you have regarding the process. The last thing he wants is you leaving our office feeling scared or insecure about your treatment.
Below we’ve answered five of the most common questions we receive about dental implants treatment.
Is implant placement painful?
Although discomfort varies from person to person, most say they felt almost no pain at all. During your placement procedure, you’ll be given anesthesia with the option of sedation. This helps relieve pain and maximize your comfort. Dr. Panneton also uses gentle techniques and works in a clean environment, so there is little chance for infection. He can prescribe antibiotics and pain medication to control signs of infection and any discomfort after your surgery.
How long does healing take?
Recovery time after implant placement varies for every individual. However, typical healing time after placement can be anywhere from two to six months. After osseointegration is complete, we’ll invite you back to our office for an evaluation and most likely attach your restoration to your implant(s).
How much do dental implants cost?
The final cost for dental implants depends significantly on how many posts are needed for placement. Another important factor that determines the price is which restorations are needed to complete your treatment. To receive an accurate price quote, please contact our Omaha dentist for a consultation.
Will insurance cover dental implants?
Certain insurance plans are beginning to cover some aspects of implant treatment, especially if medical complications caused your tooth loss. At our office, we accept credit options through CareCredit. To find out more about how we can help you with your insurance claims or funding options, contact our team today.
How long do I have to wait to get my restoration placed?
Typically, with dental implant treatment, your final restoration can be attached to your implant(s) in about two to six months, depending on your rate of healing. During osseointegration, a temporary crown, bridge, or denture appliance is placed over your implant(s) during the healing period.
Restorative Care with Porcelain Crowns
Dental crowns are prosthetic tooth restorations that cover the entire structure of a natural, damaged tooth, helping protect it from further harm and future infection.
In addition to looking, feeling, and functioning just like natural teeth, crowns address a large variety of dental issues. It’s their versatility that helps make these restorations a highly favored treatment.
With crowns we can:
- Strengthen worn or weakened teeth
- Repair teeth with chips, cracks, and fractures
- Protect teeth after root canal therapy
- Re-establish comfort while chewing and biting
- Restore dental aesthetics
When treating your smile after an emergency or trauma, Dr. Panneton can also provide prompt and reliable treatment with same-day crowns using CEREC technology.
What Are Same-Day Crowns?
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. Like traditional crowns, these restorations are also made of porcelain, the difference is how they are fabricated. CEREC crowns are created in-house with the help of advanced digital imaging and a milling machine, which allows your customized prosthetic to be made within a single dental appointment.
Root Canal Therapy: When Teeth Can’t be Saved with Restorations Alone
When the inner nerves, soft tissues, and blood vessels, also known as the pulp, inside your tooth becomes inflamed or infected, treatment with root canal therapy is needed before a restoration can be placed. If the pulp is left untreated, this infection can cause debilitating pain, an abscess, or lead to the spread of further bacteria throughout your smile.
During your procedure, the damaged tissues are removed, and the root canal chamber is cleaned, disinfected, and sealed with a body-safe material. Once the chamber is filled to the top of the tooth, we seal it with a filling or crown.
Is Root Canal Therapy Painful?
It’s not uncommon for most to dread root canal procedures because of their long-lived negative reputation. While this idea may have been understandable in the past, modern root canal therapy is far from negative or painful.
The bottom line is that root canals are the last line of defense for preserving your oral health and saving your natural teeth from infection and extraction. If the infected pulp is not removed, you risk tooth loss and the spread of serious infection to your bloodstream.
Restore Your Smile’s Health and Your Overall Happiness Today!
If you or a loved one is experiencing pain or having difficulty chewing and speaking from damage, decay, or missing teeth, contact Panneton Dental Group for expert restorative dental care in Omaha. From enamel colored fillings, to same-day crowns and dental implant placement, we provide truly comprehensive smile restoration throughout Legacy, Elkhorn, and West Omaha.
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