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Restorative Dentistry

Restorative Dentistry Throughout the Austin Area

Composite Fillings

Today’s versatile high-tech composite bonding resins are very strong and natural-looking, allowing us to restore or enhance your smile in a single dentist visit.

Composite resins can be bonded directly to the tooth surface to repair chipped or worn teeth, replace mercury fillings, and fill small cavities or gaps. Additionally, composite bonding is sometimes performed as an alternative to veneers.

The composite bonding process involves preparing teeth for the application of bonding resin. Once the resin is applied, it is shaped and smoothed to achieve the desired look. After the desired look is achieved, the resin is hardened by laser light. Thereafter, the composite bonding is buffed and polished.

A composite filling is prepared in the same manner, except the resin is applied to a cavity rather than the surface of a tooth.

Inlays/Onlays

Dental inlays and onlays are used to correct smaller cavities or replace mercury (amalgam) fillings. Old-fashioned mercury fillings cause cracking and discoloration of teeth over time. Inlays and onlays, made from tooth-colored porcelain or composite resin, are virtually undetectable in the mouth.

Inlays and onlays also conserve more of your natural tooth structure, and when bonded in place, can strengthen the teeth by up to 75 percent. Perhaps best of all, they can protect teeth from further damage and the need for more extensive restorations.

Full Mouth Reconstruction

Complex dental problems often require a combination of several different procedures. If a patient has multiple missing teeth, or teeth that are severely damaged or worn, a complete mouth reconstruction may be necessary.

By restoring all of your teeth at once, we have the ability to make major changes, such as:

  • Correcting an uneven bite
  • Eliminating causes of TM joint pain
  • Straightening crooked teeth
  • Providing support for loose teeth
  • Regaining lost facial height
  • Creating a cosmetic makeover

Dr. Cook and Dr. Lere have received training in complex care management involving multiple specialists, which is often necessary in complete mouth reconstructions. For all restorative dentistry procedures sedation is available. Here is our page for new dental patients.