Restorative Dentistry Chapel Hill, NC

We are one of Chapel Hill, North Carolina’s leading dental offices for restorative dentistry. Dr. James Furgurson and Dr. Nathan White have post-graduate training in treating adult patients with complex problems. These dental problems include missing teeth, TMJ disorders, and gum disease. Their experience in complex care enables our dentists to provide thorough restorative care.

Our office also provides general dentistry and preventive dental care services. In addition to general and restorative care, we incorporate cosmetic dentistry into our treatment plans to ensure a beautiful smile. Our office provides complete dental services to new and existing patients in Chapel Hill, NC.

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What To Expect with Restorative Dentistry

At Chapel Hill Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we believe that the best dentistry is a collaboration between the dentist and the patient. We will work with you for personalized care.

Restorative dentistry focuses on restoring the health, appearance, and function of your teeth and gums. Our restorative treatments can fix broken teeth, replace missing teeth, and repair teeth that show wear and tear.

The right diagnosis and treatment planning are essential to restorative care. We will provide an examination to help us identify hidden problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, or bite disorders. 

Our restorative dentistry consultation typically includes:

  • Dental X-rays
  • Other diagnostic dental imaging
  • Screening for gum disease, tooth decay, and oral cancer
  • Occlusal analysis and examination of temporomandibular joints (TMJ)

You may also discuss your concerns and goals with our dentist as part of the treatment planning process. Our dentist will consider your oral health problems, medications, and medical conditions before recommending treatment. 

Restorative Dentistry Treatments at Our Chapel Hill Dental Practice

After your examination, our dentist will discuss your available options. He will recommend what he believes to be the most comfortable and least invasive treatment.

Chapel Hill Family and Cosmetic Dentistry offers personalized dental care. We will work with you to build a treatment plan that fits within your budget, compliments your smile, and meets your goals and needs. The restorative dentistry treatments we offer are:

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a tooth-colored cap that covers the entire tooth. We can use crowns to restore fractured, worn, and crooked teeth. Our dentists also provide dental crowns to cap a tooth after a root canal treatment or to cover a large dental filling. 

Dental crowns can also cover a single dental implant or secure a traditional bridge. To learn more about how you can get a dental crown at our office, see Dental Crowns.

Dental Bridges

Our dental care team can provide a dental bridge to replace up to 3 missing teeth. The bridge is a single-piece unit consisting of dental crowns with the replacement tooth (the pontic) between them. A dentist will cement the crowns to the two adjacent teeth. Bridges can consist of various materials, including porcelain, ceramic, and metal alloys.

Our dentist will take impressions of your teeth to ensure that your bridge fits properly and is comfortable. With proper maintenance and care, dental bridges can last for several years. To learn about restoring a lost tooth or teeth using this dental prosthetic, see Dental Bridges.

Dentures and Partials

Our office provides full and partial dentures. Full dentures replace all teeth in an arch. Partial dentures replace some of the teeth in an arch, typically rows of missing teeth in different parts of the mouth.

Traditional dentures are removable. However, we recommend fixed dentures, which attach to dental implants. They can help you chew and speak and give you a more natural-looking smile.

Our dental lab typically makes false teeth from porcelain. The color and size will vary. To learn how we can restore your smile using dentures, see Dentures and Partials.

Dental Implants

Tooth implants are the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. Our dentist can secure a dental restoration like dentures using up to eight dental implants. The process includes oral surgery to place the implants in the jaw bone. The implant posts create a sturdy base to hold the restoration.

We can replace a single tooth with a dental crown. Our office can also provide implant-supported dentures and bridges. To learn more about our dental implant services, see dental implants.

Why Should You Get Restorative Dental Care?

There are many benefits to repairing and restoring teeth. Restorative dentistry in Chapel Hill and Durham can result in the following:

  • Better bite function: Damaged and missing teeth can create an uneven bite. An imbalanced bite can increase your risk of TMJ disorders. These bite disorders lead to jaw pain, headaches, and teeth clenching and grinding. Restorative care can create a healthy bite to reduce pressure on the jaw. 
  • Improved comfort: Living with missing and broken teeth can make eating uncomfortable. If you have a tooth infection in addition to lost or damaged teeth, you can live with daily tooth pain. We can treat your infection and then provide restorative treatment. 
  • Good dental health: If you have missing teeth due to tooth decay or gum disease, harmful bacteria can spread throughout the mouth. Tooth damage that exposes the dental pulp can increase your risk of tooth loss as bacteria can enter your tooth. Restoring your teeth can reduce your risk of more dental problems and improve your health. 

If you wait to treat broken, worn, or missing teeth, your problems can worsen. You can lose more of your natural tooth enamel from chips and cracks that get bigger over time. Waiting to replace missing teeth can also lead to bone loss. If you’re concerned about the cost of restorative dentistry, we can help.

Payment and Insurance Information

Some patients avoid dental care because they think they can’t afford treatment. As a result, “little” dental concerns can quickly develop into “big” dental problems. Part of our dental care includes working with patients on the financial aspects of their treatment plan.

We can spread out your restorative treatments so that you can make payments over time. In addition, we will help with the billing and paperwork to maximize your insurance benefits. We want your treatment to fit your goals, health needs, and budget.

Restore Your Dental Health 

Did you chip a tooth? Do you want to treat a broken tooth? Contact Chapel Hill Family and Cosmetic Dentistry if you have worn, broken, or missing teeth.

Are you looking for a new restorative dentist in Durham, NC? We serve Orange, Chatham, and Durham counties. Please call our office at 919.736.6175. You can also schedule an appointment online.