Restorative and Prosthodontic Dentistry
Beautiful, Functional Dental Restorations
Whether you need a simple filling or complete dental restoration, everyone at Lawrenceville Smiles will treat you with respect, handle you with care and make sure everything is completed to perfection.
As a prosthodontist, Dr. Scalia brings a high level of training, skill and attention to detail to your restorative dentistry needs. If you have extensive dental issues, we can return your mouth to full function. In order to do this, we provide a full range of reconstructive services, including inlays and onlays, crowns, bridges, implants and dentures. Dr. Scalia will design a dental restoration treatment plan to create a beautiful, natural-looking smile so you can both look and feel your best.
Part of our job at Lawrenceville Smiles is to make sure you visit for regular hygiene appointments and provide education so you can follow the best hygiene routine at home. We prefer to prevent cavities, but when tooth decay sets in, we can treat cavities with tooth-colored composite fillings. The composite material blends with your natural tooth color, so unlike traditional fillings, you won’t see the gleam of metal – just a shining, healthy smile.
If you have tooth decay that’s too widespread for a filling (more than half the tooth’s biting surface) or in a location that makes treatment with a filling impossible or less predictable, Dr. Scalia can restore your smile with inlays or onlays. Depending on your individual needs, we use inlays and onlays made of porcelain, gold or tooth colored composite. Over the course of two appointments, we’ll prepare the area, take an impression of the tooth and apply a temporary inlay/onlay. At your second appointment, we’ll cement or bond the permanent inlay or onlay in place and then polish and smooth to a perfect finish. Not only can inlays and onlays improve the appearance of your smile, they also rebuild broken or decayed teeth. Once in place, when well maintained, inlays and onlays can last more than 20 years. That’s quite a bit of smile time.
If you need dentures but are worried that false teeth won’t look or feel natural, Dr. Scalia and our team at Lawrenceville Smiles are ready to help. We’ll take the time, over several appointments, to ensure your full dentures are fitted and placed properly so they look and feel like your natural teeth. We may recommend implant retained dentures, in which case we’ll place two to four implants and then clip the denture onto the implants for additional support.
We also offer very well-fitting and stable partial dentures. Partial dentures can replace one or more teeth, and, when made well, can be very comfortable and stable. They’re attached to existing, healthy teeth with metal clasps and require removal at night for cleaning of the gums to rest. Please note that these metal clasps can typically be hidden from view, using special techniques, giving you more confidence when you do flash your new smile.
Whether you’re a candidate for full dentures or partials, Dr. Scalia will devote his care and expertise to making sure you’re happy with your treatment results. When you make Dr. Scalia responsible for restoring your mouth to full function, you’ll soon be happily chewing, chatting, and smiling.
Prior to a crown or bridge placement, crown lengthening may be necessary. This important procedure is designed to remove gum tissue to expose more of the tooth structure to aid in the placement of the crown or bridge for a more secure hold. It’s an effective way to ensure your crown or bridge is anchored properly. Crown lengthening is also used for esthetic purposes, for example, to help eliminate a gummy smile.
Whether you’re missing one or more teeth, dental implants may be a strong solution for you. Dr. Scalia specializes in the placement of implants to restore your dental health and appearance. Depending on your restoration needs, Dr. Scalia will place single or multiple implants to provide a stable foundation for a crown, bridge, or a denture. With the support of implants, your restoration will be very stable and keep you smiling for years.
For more information about dental implants, please check out our Implant Dentistry page.