Our Restorative Dentistry Services
Anyone can experience oral damage and decay, along with the reduced oral health and self-confidence that comes along with it. Here at Bluestone Dental, the last thing on our minds is making you feel judged or uncomfortable about these problems. Instead, Dr. Whitney Hustad Davidson and her team simply want to help you feel great about your smile again with the help of our quality restorative care. Whether you’re struggling with a minor crack or empty gaps, we have the skill, the technology, and the compassion to create truly exceptional results. Contact our Duluth, MN practice today to schedule your first appointment!
Dental crowns are an important cornerstone of restorative care, and it’s not hard to understand why. They’re designed to “cap” individual teeth, replenishing their natural structure and providing necessary strength, function, and aesthetic quality as needed. There are several reasons why Dr. Hustad Davidson may recommend having a dental crown placed, such as:
- The patient has a large cavity that can’t be successfully treated with a filling.
- The patient has a cracked or fractured tooth.
- The patient has a weakened tooth that needs additional support.
- The patient needs a restoration for a dental implant.
- The patient has a tooth that’s uneven, misshapen, or otherwise affected by a cosmetic flaw.
In most cases, having a custom dental crown designed and placed at our Duluth practice will require two to three appointments. First, our team will prepare the tooth in question and take detailed impressions to send off to a trusted dental laboratory. Dr. Hustad will provide patients with a temporary crown in the meantime so the vulnerable area is well-protected. Once we receive the finished product, you’ll be invited back so that we can make any needed adjustments and cement the permanent restoration in place.
When a patient loses one or more natural teeth in a row, many patients prefer having a bridge placed instead of a partial denture because of the increased sturdiness and lifelike nature. Dental bridges are composed of multiple crowns fused together, with additional ones placed at each end to serve as “anchors” that fit over neighboring healthy teeth. Bridges are not removable, and like dental crowns, they require two to three appointments to successfully place at our practice here in Bluestone Commons.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy can be saving grace for many patients, saving heavily decayed teeth from having to be extracted and allowing patients to maintain a wholly natural smile. Here in Duluth, Dr. Hustad Davidson and our team always takes the time to make the procedure as comfortable and smooth as possible for our valued patients. We’ll carefully access the inner chamber of the affected tooth, cleaning out diseased pulp and removing bacteria as thoroughly as possible. After sealing the area shut to prevent additional infection, a custom dental crown placed on top can restore the tooth’s original shape and strength.
Common signs that suggest root canal therapy is needed include:
- Excessive oral pain and sensitivity in a specific area
- Discomfort that occurs when a tooth is used to chew food or has its structure tapped
- Inflamed gums that seem located around a certain tooth
- A change in color of a certain tooth (usually darker)
Full & Partial Dentures
Today, many patients who’ve lost most or all of their teeth still turn to the enduring power of dentures for the support their smiles need. Full appliances are designed to replenish the teeth on an entire arch, while partials are personalized to fit the patient’s unique arrangement of missing teeth on a single arch. Both styles of denture are easily removable, which allows patients to clean and store them overnight with much more ease. Dr. Hustad Davidson also offers implant-retained prosthetics for patients in need of a more permanent solution for extensive tooth loss.
Today, dental implants can be great option for tooth loss because of their aesthetic quality and uniquely successful structure. Unlike traditional restorations, they’re designed to replace both the crown and the root of the tooth in a virtually seamless fashion; this keeps the jawbone healthy while also providing plenty of lifelike strength, appearance, and function to your lacking smile. Many patients even forget they’re not natural after some time has passed!
Here at Bluestone Dental, Dr. Hustad Davidson can recommend a trusted oral surgeon for your implant placement and then personally handle the restoration process herself. We typically recommend all-ceramic crowns for individual implants and implant-retained prosthetics for more extensive coverage. These custom restorations look very similar to traditional bridges or dentures, but they’re designed to directly attach to your placed implants, creating a much more durable fit overall that feels great. Both fixed and removable options are available, depending on the patient’s personal preference.
CEREC One-Visit Restorations
Thanks to our in-house CEREC technology, Dr. Hustad Davidson can now design, fabricate, and place a completely custom-made crown in just one well-planned visit. With this machine, we can create strong, natural-looking crowns made from either dental ceramic or 100% zirconium while you sit and relax in our office!
A patient simply has their tooth prepared to fit the crown, it’s digitally scanned, and the CAD/CAM technology takes care of the rest! When the crown is ready (in about an hour), Dr. Hustad Davidson will place it into a patient’s mouth, restoring their smile in just a fraction of the time compared to the traditional process.