Reliable Dental Restorations in Reading
If you have ever been treated for dental pain or a damaged or missing tooth, then you know firsthand how dental restorations can help your smile. At Ravens Family Dental, our dentists provide restorative dentistry that combines durable materials, advanced technology, and proven treatments. Drs. Fred, Michael, and Daniel Ravens have the tools and techniques to repair damage, rejuvenate gums, replace lost teeth, and restore lasting oral health.
Our Middlesex County team offers reliable care designed to treat the needs of you and your loved ones. We love helping to restore smiles and renewing self-confidence for all ages. Our dental family is proud to serve individuals and families across the Reading, North Reading, Wakefield, Stoneham, and Lynnfield communities. We also provide same-day emergency dental care whenever possible!
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Why Repair Teeth?
While teeth are strong, they are still vulnerable to damage and decay. When teeth are damaged, treating them should be your priority. Minor chips, cracks, and areas of decay can progress into large amounts of damage if not properly addressed. Deeper cavities and more damage increase your chances for possible infection to enter your teeth. These issues can impact everything from biting to chewing and could lead to tooth loss in the future.
Available Restoration Treatments at Ravens Family Dental
Our dentists provide restoration treatments designed to revive smiles and help individuals of all ages, no matter their needs or current oral health.
We proudly offer the following services:
Our team understands that even simple dental care can be intimidating for some. To make sure we do all we can to maximize your comfort and alleviate anxiety, we offer oral conscious sedation.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
One missing tooth can affect much more than the appeal of your smile. When teeth are lost, so are the tooth roots. The roots supply essential stimulation to your jawbone for it to remain functional, healthy, and strong. The longer a tooth is missing, the weaker your jawbone becomes due to the lack of stimulation.
As the bone begins to weaken, the bone structures of your face are also affected. Facial features can start to sag. Your bite can also be affected by neighboring teeth shifting towards the gap of the missing teeth or tooth. This can impact your ability to speak, chew, and properly digest your food.
While the effects of tooth loss may not happen right away, the longer you go untreated, the more your dental, oral, and overall health are threatened. Luckily, there are long-lasting treatments available, and the most reliable are dental implants.
What are Dental Implants and How Do They Work?
Dental implants are posts that replace missing tooth roots. Once surgically placed into the jaw by one of our skilled dentists, these posts fuse naturally with living tissue and bone. This bonding process, known as osseointegration, allows for your dental implant(s) to become a permanent part of your jaw. This is possible because the titanium material used for implants is biocompatible, meaning the body accepts them. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution that offers lasting security for your customized crown, bridge, or denture restoration.
How Many Teeth Can Be Replaced with Dental Implants?
At Ravens Family Dental, our dentists replace one to all lost teeth with implant-supported restorations. These include:
- Crowns for replacing a single missing tooth using one dental implant
- Bridges for restoring two or more lost teeth in a row using two implant posts
- Partial Dentures for replacing multiple missing teeth in a smile
- Complete Dentures that can restore all missing teeth in a smile using four to eight dental implants
With our CEREC milling machine, we can craft custom crown and bridge restorations in our office to help complete your dental implant treatment as efficiently as possible! This state-of-the-art technology allows us to provide truly comprehensive care to rebuild your smile.
What Can I Expect from Dental Implant Placement?
Dental implants can be an ideal solution for many adults and seniors who are in good oral and overall health. Treatment begins with a thorough exam of your smile and gums, a series of digital x-rays, and a detailed discussion about your needs and expectations for your procedure.
If gum disease is present, we will treat this issue first. We offer surgical procedures with dental lasers and non-surgical deep cleaning to treat gum disease. Scaling and root planing removes plaque and tartar from beneath the gum line while also eliminating infection from the gums and tooth roots. ARESTIN antibiotic maintenance cleanings may be necessary three to four times a year, depending on severity.
In addition to examining your oral health, our dentists must also determine the health of your jawbone. A healthy and full jawbone is essential for successful dental implant placement and treatment results. If bone density is weak or there is limited space, our dentists can perform bone grafts, sinus lifts , and other procedures to add bone material to the jaw.
Our dentists place dental implants with precision and skill. Innovative technologies, such as our CT scanners and 3D printer, produce advanced surgical guides that allow for accurate placement. With these state-of-the-art tools, we can determine the right positioning and angle for your implants. Healing time after your implant surgery can take anywhere from six to eight months, depending on your specific case.
Can Restoration Treatment Help Prevent Issues?
Absolutely! Many restorative treatments can help protect and preserve your oral health. To help save teeth from decay and infection, we offer root canal therapy. When wisdom teeth erupt, but there’s limited space in your smile, our dentists perform a skilled tooth extraction. We also offer orthodontic treatment with Invisalign® clear braces to properly align teeth and jaws, helping to prevent the need for more complicated procedures in the future.
When Would I Need a Tooth Extraction?
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are back teeth that develop between the ages of seventeen and twenty-five. However, most smiles only have room for 28 teeth, not 32! These extra teeth can often cause complications and will need extraction.
Teeth may also need extraction if severely damaged or decayed. While we always try to save natural teeth whenever possible, sometimes an extraction is the best solution to protect your oral health.
What About Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is needed when infection reaches the inner tissues and nerves of your tooth. Also known as the pulp, these tissues can become inflamed and spread infection to other teeth as well as tooth roots and gums.
During a root canal, disease is stopped by removing the pulp, then cleaning the interior, and sealing it with an antibacterial material. Root canal therapy is designed to help save a severely infected tooth and restore it, so it won’t need to be extracted.
What if My Teeth Need a Little Help?
Teeth that are generally healthy but have a little damage or decay can be treated with the following restoration treatments:
White composite fillings - These restorations use pliable and natural-looking resin materials to help repair small chips and cracks in tooth enamel. Fillings help seal spaces left from removed decay, and they also blend easily with surrounding enamel.
CEREC same-day crowns - Crowns work by covering teeth that are severely damaged or decayed, helping to renew strength, beauty, and function. CEREC crowns are made right here in our office. This means you will never have to worry about needing a temporary crown or waiting two weeks to receive your new restoration.
Restore Your Smile Like New Today!
To find out which dental restoration solutions will work best for your smile, contact Ravens Family Dental today. Our family of dentists is looking forward to helping yours with modern treatment techniques and innovative technology. Let our team help you reach complete dental health and beauty today.
CALL US: (781) 944-0464 REQUEST APPOINTMENT