Restorative Dentistry to Rebuild Damaged Smiles
Renewing oral health following dental damage or decay can be a challenge, but at Lake Forest Smiles, we are dedicated to offering comprehensive dental care in one convenient location. Even complex procedures such as dental implant supported tooth replacement are completed in our practice. We partner with Dr. Michelle Zmick to provide advanced periodontal therapies, and we work with local specialists to provide patients the safest and most effective wisdom tooth extractions and root canal therapies. For most other restorative services, Drs. Campbell and Schmidt are proud to provide patients the highest quality care. Contact our team to find out more.
Same-Day Dental Crowns
Traditionally, repairing damaged teeth required two appointments in our office. One to prepare teeth and design a restoration that would be crafted in a dental lab and another to place the custom solution. Today, we utilize computer assisted design and manufacture technology to complete the entire restoration process in just one visit. Now there’s no need to schedule multiple appointments or place and remove a temporary. Simply come into our office with a damaged tooth and leave the same day with a flawless smile.
Traditional Crowns & Bridges
Traditional dental crowns allow our team to repair even the most severe tooth decay or damage by covering the remaining dental structure with a specially-crafted dental crown to restore the shape and strength of damaged teeth. Dental crowns can also be paired with implant posts or attached to surrounding healthy teeth to replace one to three consecutive missing teeth. Traditionally, patients should plan to visit our office at least two times to complete treatment one to prepare the damaged tooth and a second visit to place a restoration. We also offer same day restorations using the E4D system.
Composite fillings are an advanced, aesthetically pleasing method of treating tooth decay. Worn or broken teeth may also be repaired with fillings. The shade of these fillings is matched to the color of teeth to create a more natural appearance than is possible with metal fillings. In addition, composite fillings are stronger than their metal counterparts, bonding to the chemical structure of the tooth for support. These fillings improve the durability and health of teeth which have partially decayed. For this reason, composite fillings have emerged as an advanced alternative to metal restorations. Besides being undetectable, our fillings can be trimmed and polished to match the shape and texture of your teeth perfectly.
Partial & Full Dentures
Partial and full dentures are the ideal solution for significant tooth loss. Partial dentures, or simply partials, allow our team to replace any number of consecutive and nonconsecutive teeth by attaching prosthetic teeth to a gum colored base. Partials fill the gaps in patients’ smile and attach to remaining healthy teeth using metallic clasps. Full dentures are crafted by connecting a row of replacement teeth to a base that is molded to fit against the gum line held in place through natural suction.
For some simple tooth extractions, Drs. Campbell & Schmidt are happy to offer fast, comfortable removal in the comfort of our Lake Forest dental practice. We work hard to help patients maintain their natural teeth for a lifetime, but in some cases, extraction is the best way to protect patients’ overall oral health. Some situations in which we recommend tooth removal include:
- Decay that destroys too much of the healthy tooth to support a restoration
- Preparation for orthodontic correction may mean one or more teeth may need to be extracted
- Before creating and placing a partial or full dentures, one or more teeth may need to be extracted
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy is a comprehensive treatment for all Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD)
OMD involve behaviors and patterns created by inappropriate muscle function and incorrect habits involving tongue, lips, jaw and face.
A tongue thrust is the most common variation of OMD. During the act of swallowing, rest posture and incorrect position of the tongue may contribute to improper orofacial development and spacing or crowding of the teeth.
An orofacial variation relating to the lips is an open mouth, lips apart posture. This is often referred to as lip incompetence and can distract from a pleasing facial appearance and contribute to gum disease and tooth decay.