Restorative Dentistry Available To Repair The Smile
Patients with damaged or injured teeth may find them to be weak or significantly compromised. This can make the tooth more susceptible to damage. Whether you have a large cavity or a chipped tooth, our Grandview Center for Dentistry team can assist with restorative dentistry solutions.
Restorative dental procedures available with Dr. Bridget Lervick
At Grandview Center for Dentistry, we help Edina, Minnesota, area patients achieve healthy and restored smiles when problems arise. Some of the more common restorative dental care solutions include the following services at our office:
- Tooth-colored dental fillings. With tooth-colored fillings, we restore the structure and function of damaged teeth while maintaining a natural-looking smile.
- Dental crowns. Crowns are used to cover and protect a tooth that is severely worn or damaged. In some cases, crowns can also be utilized as part of restorative dentistry procedures such as bridgework or implant placement. Our office provides same-day crowns with CEREC technology
- Bridges/Implants. Bridges and implants are designed to replace missing teeth and provide improved stability when eating and speaking. Bridges are best for replacing one or more teeth in a row, using the adjacent teeth for support, while implants replace one or several teeth with restorations over the abutments.
- Dentures and partials. Dentures and partials are an excellent solution for replacing multiple missing teeth. Our office offers both full and partial denture options to fit your needs.
- Dental inlays and onlays. Dental crowns may be too excessive for certain types of damage, while a filling might not be enough. A conservative alternative for situations like this may require dental inlays and onlays, small pieces of ceramic that fit in or over areas prepared by the dentist, bonded in place to seal the inner canals of the natural tooth.
Request time to speak to our team at Grandview Center for Dentistry
If you need restorative dental care in Edina, MN, we invite you to schedule an appointment with our skilled dentist, Dr. Bridget Lervick, at Grandview Center for Dentistry. She has years of experience providing quality dental care that results in beautiful and healthy smiles. Contact us today at (952) 955-4505 to request an appointment at our office, located in Suite #120 at 5201 Eden Avenue.
Why Our Patients Love Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings
At Grandview Center for Dentistry in Edina, Minnesota, patients have the opportunity to restore their smiles in various dental situations. Cavities, or tooth decay, can create holes in the natural tooth enamel that can become large and significant. They should be treated with tooth-colored fillings to seal the tooth and keep the problem from damaging the tooth structure.
What are tooth-colored dental fillings?
Composite resin fillings or tooth-colored dental fillings are a type of restorative dental treatment used to repair minor tooth damage. These fillings are created from a combination of plastic and glass materials that mimic the natural color of teeth. The material is sometimes called dental bonding, as it can be used for more than just fillings.
What can dental bonding achieve?
Dental bonding can repair chips, cracks, cavities, and other defects in the enamel. Tooth-colored fillings provide excellent durability and aesthetics compared to traditional silver amalgam fillings. Additionally, they bond more securely to the tooth structure, requiring less removal of healthy surrounding enamel than their metallic counterparts. With proper care, these durable restorations can last for many years. However, regular visits to your dentist are still recommended to monitor any potential wear or changes that might require repair.
Am I a good candidate for composite dental fillings?
These BPA-free fillings are much safer to use in the smile than alternative options such as silver amalgam. We also find that all patients are good candidates for cavity fillings using this special composite resin. We can also replace old silver amalgam fillings with our dental bonding material instead.
How do I learn more about tooth-colored dental fillings and dental bonding?
Dr. Bridget Lervick is pleased to offer restorative dentistry options for her patients. If you are located in or around the community of Edina, MN, or the cities of Minnetonka, Minneapolis, Eden Prairie, Richfield, or Bloomington, MN, you can call her office to discuss the various ways to address cavities and imperfections of the smile. The office is at 5201 Eden Avenue, Suite #120, and can be reached by calling (952) 955-4505.
What Are Dental Inlays And Onlays?
Dental inlays and onlays are custom-made restorations used to repair decayed or damaged teeth. Inlays fit inside the cusps of a tooth, while onlays cover one or more cusps. They are created from materials such as composite resin, porcelain, gold, or other materials used in dentistry. Both can be used to replace large portions of tooth structure that cannot be restored with standard fillings alone. In fact, Dr. Bridget Lervick of Edina, Minnesota, may recommend inlays and onlays as a more conservative option than crowns.
How long will my inlays and onlays last?
Inlay and onlay restorations provide vital support to your teeth and may last up to ten years or longer with proper care. It is important that you visit Grandview Center for Dentistry regularly to have your restorations evaluated to ensure they are in good working order. If they are loose, old, or stained, Dr. Lervick may recommend replacement.
What can I expect when I get inlays and onlays?
First, Dr. Lervick will evaluate your natural tooth to determine if you are a good fit for inlays and onlays versus composite resin fillings or porcelain dental crowns. The area of decay is prepared with the removal of the decayed tooth enamel. Then, impressions are made and used to create the final restorations, which are bonded in place. Our team will ensure your restoration fits perfectly and matches the shape, size, and color of your other teeth so it looks natural when you smile. Once complete, patients are given aftercare instructions to extend the longevity of their inlays and onlays over time.
How do I know if I’m a good fit for inlays and onlays?
If you are unsure whether a tooth overlay is suitable for your tooth repair needs, it is best to connect with Dr. Bridget Lervick and her Grandview Center for Dentistry team. If you live in Edina, MN, call (952) 955-4505 and visit us at 5201 Eden Avenue, Suite #120. The office is open to new patients in and around Minnetonka, Minneapolis, Eden Prairie, Bloomington, and Richfield, MN.
Using Dental Crowns To Strengthen And Protect A Damaged Natural Tooth
Restorative dentistry is important in helping patients maintain their natural teeth as long as possible, enjoying the ability to eat and speak effectively. Teeth with significant damage may benefit from restorations such as dental crowns.
What is a dental crown?
Dr. Bridget Lervick describes a dental crown as a tooth-shaped cap or cover bonded over a tooth to restore its size, strength, shape, and color or to improve its overall appearance. Crowns are used for many different situations. They can hold together parts of a weakened or cracked tooth, cover teeth that have been severely worn down, protect a weak tooth from fracturing, cover misshapen or discolored teeth, and support a large filling when there isn’t enough remaining healthy tooth structure left.
Same-day dental crowns
The placement of a dental crown often requires just a single office visit! With the CEREC technology we use for crowns on posterior teeth, your permanent dental crown will be designed and fitted at the same appointment, which means less time away from your regular life! First, Dr. Lervick will prepare the tooth by trimming away any decayed areas or damaged enamel and shaping it until it is ready for the crown. Digital images of your mouth are taken, and our on-site CAD/CAM software is used to design and mill your crown; once the crown is made, Dr. Lervick will check for fit and bond the dental crown in place.
Sometimes, we will send your crown to an outside dental ceramist to custom-craft the best esthetic outcome, especially for teeth in the front of your mouth. In this case, we will custom-make you a beautiful temporary crown so you can test drive the result before we place your permanent restoration at a follow-up visit.
How do I take care of my new dental crown?
Crowns are strong and durable and should last long with proper care. To ensure your dental crown lasts as long as possible, Dr. Lervick recommends brushing at least twice daily, flossing regularly, and visiting her for routine checkups every six months. With good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits, your crown will provide years of beautiful smiles!
Request a visit to our practice today!
If you have questions about restorations such as dental crowns or want to learn more about how we can help restore your smile to its former glory, please call Grandview Center for Dentistry in Edina, MN, today at (952) 955-4505.
Replace One Or More Missing Teeth With Dental Bridges
Patients in and around the Edina, Minnesota, area interested in restoring their smiles following tooth loss have several options to consider. While some patients are good candidates for dental implants, others may not be, which is why patients must have a choice. Dr. Bridget Lervick and her team at Grandview Center for Dentistry are excited to provide a number of different options for those looking to replace missing teeth, including bridges. Bridges are made as fixed or removable restorations to replace one or more teeth in a row. They are an economical option for patients on a budget or with limited reimbursement through their dental insurance plan.
What types of bridges are available at Grandview Center for Dentistry?
At Grandview Center for Dentistry, we offer a variety of different bridge types to meet the needs of our patients. We have conventional dental bridges, Maryland-bonded bridges, cantilever bridges, and implant-supported bridges.
- Traditional dental bridges. Conventional dental bridges are made up of two or more crowns placed on either side of a missing tooth space and supported by natural teeth. They are sometimes referred to as fixed bridges.
- Cantilever bridges. Cantilever bridges are similar to traditional dental bridges but only require one adjacent tooth for support instead of two.
- Maryland bridge. Maryland bonded bridges use porcelain wings or metal frameworks that attach to existing teeth to fill in the gap left by a missing tooth.
- Implant bridge. Implant-supported bridges use implants as anchors for the bridge and provide additional support and stability compared to traditional dental bridges.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Bridget Lervick to learn more!
At Grandview Center for Dentistry, we strive to provide our patients with the best possible solutions for replacing missing teeth. Our experienced dentist can assess each individual patient’s needs and suggest the most suitable bridge option based on your unique situation. Contact us at (952) 955-4505 today to learn more about how a bridge could improve your smile! We serve patients in and around the communities of Edina, Minnetonka, Minneapolis, Eden Prairie, Bloomington, and Richfield, MN.
What Is Root Canal Therapy, And Why Do I Need It?
Dr. Bridget Lervick of Grandview Center for Dentistry defines root canal therapy as a procedure to save a natural, adult tooth that is badly decayed or infected. During the treatment, the decayed or infected pulp (the soft tissue inside the roots of teeth) is removed, and the remaining space is filled with a material called gutta-percha. The result is a tooth that looks healthy but has no living tissue in its interior.
Why might I need endodontics?
Root canals are necessary because when the pulp becomes infected, it might cause severe pain, swelling, and even tooth loss if left untreated. Root canals are typically done when a person experiences severe pain from decay or an abscessed tooth.
What happens during root canal therapy?
During this procedure, Dr. Lervick will first numb the area around your affected tooth using local anesthesia so you won’t feel any discomfort. After that, she creates an opening in the crown of your tooth so she can access the infected pulp inside. Special tools are used to remove the infected tissue and clean the area before filling it with gutta-percha and sealing it with a dental crown or filling. The goal is to restore your tooth to full function and prevent further infection or decay while eliminating the need for extraction and replacement of the natural tooth.
How do I take care of my smile after my procedure?
Once you have been through root canal therapy, you should make sure you brush and floss regularly as you would any other tooth. You should also visit Grandview Center for Dentistry regularly for check-ups to ensure that there are no signs of infection developing around the treated area.
Who can I call if I need root canal therapy?
Edina, MN, area patients are welcome to connect with our team by calling (952) 955-4505 and scheduling an appointment at our office, conveniently located at 5201 Eden Avenue, Suite #120. Dr. Bridget Lervick serves patients in and around the communities of Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Minneapolis, Richfield, and Bloomington, MN, and is open to new patients and families.
Who Can I Visit For Dental Implant Restorations?
Dental implants are a popular and reliable tooth replacement option for many patients looking to replace missing teeth permanently. Our team at Grandview Center for Dentistry in Edina, Minnesota, does the implant restoration.
What happens during the restoration of a dental implant?
Dr. Bridget Lervick explains that the process of placing and restoring a dental implant typically involves a few steps.
- Candidacy. First, Dr. Lervick will examine your mouth and take x-rays to determine if you are a good candidate for an implant.
- Surgery. Then, Dr. Lervick’s team will schedule you to visit an oral surgeon, during which they will place the implant and make sure it is secure. After this, the surgeon may need to make minor adjustments or add additional material to ensure the implant is fitted correctly in your mouth. This may include placing bone grafts or using special screw posts for extra stability.
- Abutment creation. The next step involves creating an abutment, which is essentially a connector between the implant and any artificial teeth that will be placed on top of it (e.g., crowns). The abutment holds the artificial tooth in place and acts as a support for it.
- Restoration. Finally, Dr. Lervick will restore the dental implant by placing an artificial tooth or teeth on top of it, such as a crown, denture, or bridge. Dr. Lervick may also use special materials to ensure the restoration looks natural and matches your other teeth.
Once completed, you should have a fully restored smile! Whatever the situation, each step of the process is important to ensure that your dental implant is successful and secure long-term.
Find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants!
Before any steps are taken, it is essential to consult with Dr. Bridget Lervick at Grandview Center for Dentistry in Edina, MN, to see if you are a proper candidate for this treatment. An evaluation can be scheduled by calling (952) 955-4505 and visiting the office at 5201 Eden Avenue, Suite #120. We welcome new and returning patients from the communities of Minnetonka, Minneapolis, Eden Prairie, Bloomington, Richfield, and surrounding areas.