Restorative DentistryRestorative dentistry is the term used to describe a dentist’s management of your oral health problems and restoring form and function to your mouth so you can speak and chew food properly. Restorative services provided by Dr. Troutman include:

Composites

Teeth that are decayed and require filling can be restored using composite resin that is matched to the shade of your natural teeth. This cost-effective restoration provides an aesthetic solution to decayed teeth.

Crowns and Bridges

Porcelain crowns and dental bridges address one or more missing teeth. Restorations can include crowns only, or a combination of crowns and a bridge.

A crown is a cap that is placed over a single tooth that is decayed, cracked or damaged due to trauma.

A bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Dr. Troutman places crowns on the healthy teeth on either side of the missing teeth. The replacement tooth or teeth are attached to the crowns. This fixed restoration is made to match the shade of your natural teeth and the end result is an aesthetic restoration that functions the same as your own teeth.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are similar to bridges in appearance and function. The main difference is that this restoration is removable, while bridges are fixed. Partials are useful to replace multiple missing teeth, and in special situations.

Root Canals

This treatment is called for when a tooth is severely damaged or infected. Dr. Troutman removes the infected portion of the tooth pulp, cleans and disinfects the area, and then filling and seals the root. A root canal can allow a tooth to continue to function for years.

Periodontal Treatment

Gum disease is divided into two types: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease, and it causes redness and swelling in the gums. It also makes them prone to bleeding easily. If left untreated, it can progress into the more serious periodontitis. The bacteria in plaque below the gum line cause gums to recede from the teeth and eats away at the jaw bone. Over time, teeth take on a long appearance, spaces form between teeth, and teeth can become loose and fall out.

Dr. Troutman treats gingivitis and early stage periodontitis through the process of scaling and rooting planing. This is a deep cleaning that helps remove plaque and tarter below the gum line and smooths out the roots surfaces to help decrease plaque accumulation.

More serious cases of gum disease may require a referral to a periodontist, which is a specialist in treating periodontal disease.