The skill that you can trust to restore the beauty, health, and function of your teeth … and so much more!
When the health of your teeth cannot be maintained with the “usual” good home care and professional care at our office, Ridgewood Dentistry can restore your healthy, brilliant-looking smile with a range of trusted services. Of course, the function and vibrancy of your smile are about more than “just” your teeth. So, our highly skilled and experienced dentist, Dr. Warren Boardman, also serves greater Bergen County and northern New Jersey with restorative care to support the lasting health of the gums and other oral and maxillofacial tissues and structures of the mouth, jaws, and face.
Rebuilding damaged teeth
Modern dental restorations are designed to repair cavities, fractures, and other forms of decay and trauma in a way that is indistinguishable in esthetics and functions like a natural, healthy, and unaltered tooth.
These restorations include:
- Dental fillings
- Dental crowns (or “caps”)
Restorations may be made from materials such as composite resin or porcelain. We can match the shade of these restorations to the color of the surrounding tooth structure and neighboring teeth. Crowns may even be used to preserve teeth with deep or severe inflammation or infection affecting the innermost tooth structure (pulp). In this situation, the badly damaged tooth is crowned after Root Canal Therapy (RCT) is performed and the treated tooth has healed. The crown maintains the strength of the tooth. So it is not vulnerable to future damage. This approach furthermore avoids the need for removal of the affected tooth (a “dental extraction”).
Replacing damaged teeth
If a natural tooth cannot be preserved with RCT or other means, we recommend prompt replacement of the tooth as soon as the extraction site has healed. In some cases, we can place new teeth during the same appointment as the extraction process.
Dr. Boardman will discuss various options to replace a single tooth or an entire upper or lower arch of teeth. These options include:
- Dental bridges
- Partial dentures
- Complete dentures
- Dental implants; for instance, implant-supported dentures
Conventional bridges may be appropriate for patients with healthy remaining teeth. A single or a few replacement teeth are fused to dental crowns. This “unit” or “bridge” is then secured to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth (or teeth). Once the bridge is in place, the replacement teeth “fill the gap.” The neighboring, crowned “abutment” teeth anchor the replacements (or “pontics”).
Traditional partial and complete dentures secure prosthetic teeth and gums with specialized attachments that connect to existing teeth (as is the case with “partials”) or with natural suction in the mouth and products like denture adhesives (as is the case with a full upper or lower denture.
Alternatively, dental implants may be positioned in the jawbone to stabilize one prosthetic tooth, several prosthetics, or an upper or lower denture. Dental implants are designed to function like natural tooth roots.
Highly capable care for the whole mouth
Additionally, Dr. Boardman has developed considerable expertise in other areas of dentistry that support everything from a healthy “bite” (orthodontics) to disease-free gums (periodontics). Furthermore, he is skilled at restoring oral and overall health and well-being among those patients with conditions ranging from sleep-disordered breathing to Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJDs). Schedule your consultation with Dr. Boardman today. Call Ridgewood Dentistry at (201) 448-8605