Restorative Dentistry in Norman
At the Norman dental office of Bobby Carmen, DDS, we are dedicated to helping patients keep their smiles health. If for any reason we’re unable to protect your smile from tooth decay or damage, our office also offers a wide range of restorative dentistry services to repair your smile and renew oral health. If you’ve experienced tooth decay or damage, call Dr. Carmen and his Norman dental team to find out more today. We’ll discuss your situation and help you determine whether or not you need immediate emergency dental care. Otherwise, we’ll schedule a treatment visit to get started on your personalized restorative dentistry plan.
Providing Tooth Replacements & Restoration
A full, healthy smile contributes to a person's overall wellbeing and confidence. If you're teeth are missing or damaged, Dr. Carmen can provide state-of-the-art care from our Norman dental office. We offer advanced tooth-replacement options as well as using modern technology to ensure optimal comfort and convenience.
CEREC Dental Crowns
Our dental office features a CEREC machine, which allows Dr. Carmen to fabricate custom crowns in about an hour. CEREC eliminates the need for messy impressions, temporary crowns, and follow-up visits. In most cases, Dr. Carmen can design, create, and place an all-porcelain CEREC crown in a single visit to our Norman dental office.
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For patients with missing teeth, Dr. Carmen can place and restore dental implants without outside referrals. He will see you through every phase of treatment, ensuring your comfort and closely monitoring your progress. Our sedation options ease anxiety and promote a relaxing dental experience.
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Partial & Full Dentures
Partial and full dentures are used to restore the smile following advanced tooth loss. Partials fill the gaps in patients’ smiles when there are still some healthy teeth remaining and full dentures are used to replace the entire row of teeth. Partial and full dentures are crafted using a gum-colored base material to support numerous teeth in one tooth replacement prosthetic. Partials are held in place with metal clasps attached to the remaining teeth. Full dentures are formed to fit snuggly against the gum line. The suction between the gum colored base material and the soft tissue holds the denture in place.
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When we’re unable to repair damaged teeth, we may need to proceed with tooth extraction. This is always a last recourse. Our team will only recommend the removal of teeth if maintaining the tooth will be more harmful to overall health than extraction. If we determine that extraction is your best option, our skilled team will offer safe, comfortable tooth removal.
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To replace one or more consecutive missing teeth, a fixed bridge may be an effective option. Fixed bridges rely on dental crowns to support a replacement tooth or teeth. The dental crowns are fused to either side of the replacement teeth, and the entire prosthetic is attached to surrounding healthy teeth for support.
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A full-mouth reconstruction plan can incorporate any number of restorative, orthodontics, or cosmetic dentistry treatments. The goal is to fully repair a severely damaged or decayed smile to complete form, function, and aesthetic appearance.
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Inlays & Onlays
When patients experience tooth decay or dental damage too severe to be repaired with a filling, a dental crown was traditionally the next option. However, there are some cases where patients will lose an excessive amount of healthy tooth structure in order to accommodate a dental crown. Instead, an inlay or onlay may be a more conservative solution. Inlays repair decay and damage that falls inside the cusps of the tooth. Cusps are the raised parts of the biting surfaces of teeth. Onlays repair advanced damage that affects one or more cusps or sides of teeth.
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Root canals can strike fear in even the bravest patients, but the good news is that root canals actually relieve pain – they don’t cause it. Patients need root canal therapy if tooth decay or damage accesses the inner most layer of the tooth where the nerve system is housed. The root canal procedure allows us to access the inner tooth structure, remove the damaged pulp and nerve tissue, and repair the damaged tooth. The best news of all is that root canals often allow us to save a tooth that would otherwise be extracted.
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Traditionally, dentists used amalgam metals to repair mild dental damage and tooth decay. Today, we offer a more conservative and cosmetic solution – tooth-colored, composite resin fillings. The putty like composite resin seeps into even the smallest pits and grooves in teeth, replacing lost tooth structure and creating a solid, natural fusion between the tooth and the filling material.
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