Restorative Dentistry

Couple Smiling Restorative procedures are the most important part of a dentist’s skill set because, as well as maintaining a visually aesthetic appearance, a restorative procedure’s main focus is on improving the function of different structures in the mouth. Experience and skill in this area of dentistry is crucial because patients often come to us during an emergency in which their teeth have been severely damaged. As your Salinas dentist, Dr. Moran’s goal for patients is to help them regain the ability to chew and speak with no pain and return their self-confidence with the beauty of their smiles. While consulting with each patient about their particular case, Dr. Moran will calmly use skills and knowledge to find the most appropriate procedures to return him or her to excellent oral health.

Dental Implants

Dental Implants As your Salinas dentist, Dr. Moran is proud to make available dental implants, the most permanent and strongest solution for patients who have gaps from missing teeth. Dental implants can be used for either single or multiple missing teeth, and they derive their effectiveness from the unique process of their placement in the jaw. A dental implant consists of two pieces: One is a medical grade titanium screw that is fixed into the jawbone; the other is a porcelain dental crown that is mounted on the screw to make up the visible portion of the implant.

The procedure begins when the surgeon anchors a titanium screw into the jaw. Once the screw is in place, the bone grows slowly into the treads of the implant. This process is called Osseointegration, or grafting. The implant is placed so that the end of the screw projects through the gum in the location where the tooth is missing. Once the grafting is complete and the tissue has fully healed, the porcelain dental crown is simply bonded over the exposed screw and the restoration can be used normally. Don’t settle for anything less than perfection in your smile; contact Jennifer L. Moran, DDS for dental implants in Salinas, CA, or the surrounding areas of Prunedale and Soledad.

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Cavity Fillings

Cavities When cavities, or small holes, begin to form on your teeth it is important that they be filled as soon as possible. Dr. Moran stresses the importance of this because these holes compromise the strength of your teeth, making chips and severe breaks much more likely. Additionally, since the surface of the tooth has been penetrated, these holes can lead to severe infections to the interior of your tooth, which eventually will lead to a root canal. At Jennifer L. Moran, DDS we have several options available for treating cavities.

Amalgam Fillings

The most traditional, proven method for treating a cavity is by using an amalgam (silver-mercury based) filling. Although there have been some health concerns due to toxicity of mercury there has been no conclusive evidence that amalgams pose any threat when used in dentistry. Today they continue to be popular due to their durability.

Composite Fillings

Another option to treat a cavity is to use a composite resin filling. This method is preferred by many because the coloring of the filling can be matched to the natural shade of tooth color, making them (if at all) much less visible than amalgams. They provide significant strength to the restoration, and there is less drilling required for this type of filling, so more of the natural tooth can be preserved.

Dr. Moran is very experienced at determining the best style of filling based on each patient’s needs, and she will be sure to take great care reviewing your case. Cavities will usually be identified during a cleaning appointment, and then filled when a later one is scheduled. If you need to schedule a 6 month cleaning, or for more information on cavity fillings in Salinas, Prunedale, and Soledad, CA, contact Dr. Moran.

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Onlays and Inlays

image-18a At Jennifer L. Moran, DDS, your Salinas dentist will typically use onlays and inlays when cavities on the chewing surface of rear teeth have become too severe to be treated with traditional fillings. The difference between an onlay and inlay is determined by the positioning of the damage in regards to the chewing surface of the tooth. If the damage is restricted to within the depression (within the cusps) of the tooth it is an inlay. If more extensive damage has progressed and the cusps must be recreated, it is an onlay. A single onlay can sometimes be used across multiple teeth.

Dr. Moran can create your onlay or inlays using gold, porcelain, or a composite resin colored to match your natural tooth. The latter two options are the most popular today due to their aesthetic appearance, but gold is still available. The making of these restorations is a two step process in which you will first have impressions taken of the affected area. Then the molds are sent to a dental laboratory where a skilled technician will oversee fabrication. At your next appointment it is bonded into place and ready for use. For high quality onlays and inlays in Salinas, CA, as well as the surrounding areas of Prunedale and Soledad, contact Jennifer L. Moran, DDS.

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Dental Crowns

Porcelain Veneers A porcelain dental crown is a hollow cover that fits over a tooth. Porcelain crowns are an integral piece of restorative dentistry because of their versatility in the treatment of a wide range of tooth problems. In Salinas, CA, Dr. Moran, uses crowns to strengthen teeth that are chipped or cracked, to seal teeth that are temperature sensitive, and to close gaps between teeth. Crowns are also used as components in root canal procedures and to build dental bridges.

During your appointment at our Salinas office, Dr. Moran will remove any damaged or decaying enamel to make room for the crown before making a mold of the affected area. Making the mold ensures that your crown will be perfectly fitted to your mouth’s specifications. Colored to match your natural shade of tooth enamel, the crown will be indistinguishable from the surrounding teeth. When prepared, the crown is then slipped over the remains of the old tooth and bonded into place, making a strong restoration that can be used just as you do your normal teeth. For dental crowns in Salinas, or the surrounding areas of Prunedale and Soledad, contact Jennifer L. Moran, DDS today.

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Dental Bridges

Older Couple At Jennifer L. Moran, DDS a dental bridge is an effective and simple solution that can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. As well as being unattractive, missing teeth can cause significant problems because having a space between teeth can inhibit proper eating and speaking. To create a strong, new tooth or teeth, Dr. Moran first takes precise measurements of the gap. Using these measurements she will carve a replacement tooth from a block of porcelain and perfectly match the color to your surrounding teeth. The sculpted replacement is then bonded so that it is suspended between two porcelain dental crowns. These crowns fit over the teeth adjacent to the gap and are bonded to hold the bridge in the correct position. Once the procedure is completed, bridges can be used normally. For the highest quality dental bridges in Salinas, CA, as well as the surrounding areas of Prunedale or Soledad, call Dr. Moran’s office to schedule an appointment.

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Tooth Extractions

Tooth extractions You might think extracting a tooth goes against the goal of a restorative procedure, and it’s true that it is somewhat counterintuitive to remove a tooth in order to restore function. Dr. Moran is committed to doing everything possible to save a natural tooth, but in some cases it is in the best interest of the patient to completely remove it. Examples of such instances are tooth decay that has progressed too far to reverse or in preparation for dentures, implants, or orthodontic treatment.

Dr. Moran is very gentle and skilled at tooth extraction, and at Salinas, CA office, it is a relatively simple and quick procedure. While the patient is mildly sedated, Dr. Moran uses dental forceps to rock the tooth in order to break the connective ligaments so that the tooth is released. For tooth extractions in the Salinas, Prunedale, and Soledad areas, contact Dr. Moran’s office, and her friendly staff will schedule your appointment.

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