Restorative Dentistry & Oral Surgery
Our goal is to prevent dental problems before they occur. Unfortunately, this is not always possible due to poor oral hygiene, genetics, infrequent checkups, and other risk factors. This is why we also specialize in restorative dentistry. Our restorative services are designed to improve the function and aesthetics of your smile, as well as your overall oral health.
Oral surgery is a technique used in many dental treatments at Calapooia Family Dental, including extractions, implants, and removal of wisdom teeth. These procedures can be done in the comfort of our Albany office, or in special cases, at the hospital. During your consultation with Dr. Summers or Dr. Hagerty, we will discuss your anesthesia options, as well as the risks and benefits of your particular procedure.
Dental fillings are the best way to restore minor to moderate instances of tooth decay. Most fillings these days consist of a material known as composite resin. Composite resin is an aesthetically-pleasing material that we color-match to the existing shade of your enamel. For this reason, a composite filling is virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your tooth.
Learn more about tooth colored dental fillings.
Inlays & Onlays
Inlays and onlays are ideal for areas of decay too large for a filling, but not large enough to require the placement of a dental crown. The restoration is considered an inlay if it is placed within the occlusal (bite) surface of a tooth. The restoration is considered an onlay if it extends beyond one or more of the occlusal cusps.
Read more about inlays and onlays.
A root canal is a last-ditch effort to save a tooth from extraction. We may recommend a root canal if an infection has spread to the “pulpy” center of the tooth that contains nerve endings and other connective tissues. Once the infection has been removed, we fill the canals with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. A tooth that has received root canal treatment typically needs to be capped with a crown.
Discover how a root canal could save a tooth from being extracted.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that improves the structure and cosmetics of a damaged or decayed tooth. During the procedure, your tooth must be completely reshaped to accommodate the shape of the crown. Once the tooth is reshaped, we will permanently bond the crown to the enamel using a special adhesive. Many crowns are fabricated these days with porcelain, due to its unmatched aesthetics.
Discover how a dental crown can be used on a damaged or decayed tooth.
A dental bridge is a tooth replacement that typically consists of two dental crowns linked together by a pontic, or false tooth. A traditional bridge is supported by the two surrounding teeth, known as abutment teeth, that we reshape to receive the crowns. A bridge can also be supported by a series of dental implants if multiple adjacent teeth are missing. If you are missing a tooth, a bridge will prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of their proper position.
Read more about how a dental bridge can help if you have a missing tooth.
Dentures: Complete, Partial & Custom
A denture is a removable appliance that is usually used to replace one or more missing teeth. A partial denture usually attaches to the surrounding teeth with metal clasps. A complete denture consists of a flesh-colored acrylic base that supports a complete arch of prosthetic teeth. We offer custom-fit dentures as a more comfortable, functional, and durable solution.
Discover how different types of removable dentures can replace missing teeth.
Same Day Dentures
Many people would feel quite uncomfortable if they had to walk around without some or all of their teeth, and same day dentures ensure you do not have to walk around without teeth at any point. We fix same day dentures immediately after your natural teeth have been extracted to ensure you keep smiling wherever you go.
Find out more about the same day denture procedure.
Ideally, our teeth will last a lifetime, but when a tooth becomes damaged beyond repair, it may need to be removed. Extraction may be necessary in cases of severe decay, periodontal disease, and broken or fractured teeth.
Wisdom teeth often can cause problems because they are the last set of molars to come in. If there's not adequate space for the wisdom teeth, they can become impacted or stuck, causing pain, swelling, or infection. Sometimes extraction is used as a preventive measure to avoid future problems.
Learn more about tooth extractions and when they are necessary.
Surgical Post-Operative Instructions
A few days following the extraction of a tooth, the wound usually heals to the point where you can function normally. Unnecessary pain and complications can be minimized by following a few simple instructions.
Download surgical post-op instructions.
Schedule a Consultation Today!
If you would like to learn more about our oral surgery and restorative procedures, call (541) 936-9222 to schedule your consultation appointment today!