Custom Restorations for Your St. Louis Smile
When teeth suffer damage or decay, it can change the way you eat, speak, and enjoy life. The right restoration can help get your teeth back to their optimal health. At the office of John C G'Sell D.D.S., M.A.G.D., we provide long-lasting restorations made of high-quality materials and personalized to your smile.
From simple fillings to dental implants, we offer a broad range of services to restore your teeth. We even provide dental sedation to improve your treatment experience. Schedule a visit today to get the dental care you need!
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Restorative treatment can eliminate pain and let you eat and speak normally, as well as protect you from serious infections that can damage your gums and jawbone. At John G’Sell, DDS, MAGD, we provide a variety of expert restorations, including:
Dental Fillings Strengthen and Protect Teeth
Fillings are used to repair a tooth after decay is removed, restoring structure and preventing further deterioration. The type of material we use will depend on several factors, including the location of the filling, how much chewing force it will absorb, and your personal smile goals.
Dr. G’Sell offers the following types of fillings to protect your smile:
Silver-colored amalgam fillings are a mixture of various metals that create a very strong restoration. They have been used to repair teeth for centuries and are most often used on back molars. The disadvantage of this type of filling is its telltale metallic appearance that can be cosmetically unappealing for some people.
A composite filling is made from a resin mixture which matches the color of your natural enamel. Composite is very durable and bonds well with enamel, creating a tight seal. Composites can be more expensive than amalgam, but the most significant advantage is that they are more aesthetically pleasing and preserve more of your healthy enamel.
Inlays & Onlays for Conservative Restorations
Inlays and onlays are made from natural-colored porcelain or composite material. They are often used for teeth with moderate decay, especially if the damage is too significant to be repaired with a filling, but not large enough to require a crown. Inlays and onlays fall neatly between these two options, making them useful for strengthening and preserving as much of your healthy enamel as possible.
Protecting Teeth with Porcelain Crowns
A crown covers the entire surface of a tooth above the gums, supporting its structure and preventing further damage or decay. We offer crowns made of high-quality porcelain for exceptional restorations that are undetectable when you smile.
- Restore a tooth that has an extensive filling
- Save a tooth that is cracked or worn down
- Restore the appearance of a tooth that is discolored
- Protect a tooth after root canal therapy
- Complete a dental implant
Placing a crown will usually take two separate visits. During the first visit, we will take use digital imaging to send to the lab for the fabrication of your custom restoration. The tooth will be shaped, and you will receive a temporary crown until the permanent crown is installed.
During the second visit, the temporary crown will be removed. Dr. G’Sell will place the permanent crown using a special adhesive. Once the process is complete, the tooth will look, function, and feel like a healthy tooth.
Invisalign® Clear Braces for Straight, Healthy Smiles
Invisalign aligners are the clear alternative for straightening your teeth. These transparent removable aligners can improve the appearance of your smile without the need for wires, brackets, and bands. Teeth that are crooked, crowded, or improperly spaced significantly influence your oral health.
The benefits of a straighter smile are more than aesthetic. You’ll enjoy better oral health because it will be easier to brush and floss your teeth. An improved bite will help reduce wear on your teeth and jaw muscles. It also allows you to bite and chew more effectively, improving digestion.
Invisalign aligners are recommended for both teens and adults. Because they are clear, adults can obtain a straighter smile discreetly without unsightly metal braces. You can remove your aligners to easily clean your teeth and eat or drink what you want.
A fixed bridge consists of two crowns with a prosthetic tooth suspended between them. The crowns are attached to two healthy teeth and the middle tooth helps close the gap. A fixed bridge can help you achieve a complete smile and prevent neighboring teeth from drifting out of alignment. The restoration also allows you to chew food properly for improved digestion.
If you decide to receive a bridge, it is important to make sure it is cleaned correctly every day. Our helpful team will assist you in learning how to care for your bridge, and we will check on the stability of your restoration every time you visit our office.
Full & Partial Dentures
Dentures can be used to restore the aesthetics of your smile and improve function when some or all teeth are missing. With advancements in materials and design, you can get dentures that look and feel natural.
- Partial dentures are used to replace one or more missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. Because they fill the space left by missing teeth, a partial denture can prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting.
- Full dentures are used when you have lost all your teeth. They will give you the ability to chew food again, maintain the shape of your face, and allow you to speak clearly.
- Implant-supported dentures can be full or partial and are held in place by implants anchored within the jaw. This makes them a permanent solution and provides added stability.
Dental Implants for a Permanent Solution
Dental implants can be used to replace missing teeth or act as an anchor for fixed or removable dental appliances. Implants have a very high success rate and are designed to look and feel natural. Dr. G’Sell will determine whether you are a candidate for a dental implant procedure by evaluating your oral health to determine that your gums and jawbone are healthy enough to support the restoration.
Depending on your dental needs and oral health, dental implants can be used to replace one, several, or all of your teeth. Dr. G’Sell will help you review all the information and answer all your questions so you can decide if implant treatment is the right option for you.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy may be needed when a tooth has become damaged or severely infected. It’s designed to save the tooth by removing the source of disease, preventing further damage and the spread of infection. Often this treatment is preferred over having to extract a tooth that is cracked or have a deep cavity.
This therapy allows your natural root structure to remain intact, providing essential support to the surrounding bone and gum tissue. A fully intact tooth helps you maintain alignment and keeps your facial features youthful-looking.
How Sedation Dentistry Can Make Your Treatment More Comfortable
Many people put off much-needed restorative dental work because of fear and anxiety. Often, the longer they wait, the more work they’ll need, which only makes the anxiety worse. Dr. G’Sell understands how frustrating this apprehension can be, and will strive to make your visits as calm and comfortable as possible. If fear is holding you back from the treatment you need, we can help you get through it with sedation dentistry.
Nitrous oxide sedation, also known as laughing gas, is a gas mixed with oxygen and inhaled in through a mask that we place over your nose. With this type of sedation, you’ll stay conscious and alert, but without your usual feelings of fear and discomfort.
Because nitrous oxide gas wears off quickly, you won’t feel groggy or disoriented after treatment. You’ll be able to drive yourself home and even resume your normal day without a problem. If you’d like to know more about sedation and whether it’s right for you, please give our office a call.
Get Quality Dental Care in St. Louis
It is never too late to take control of your dental and oral health. Restorative dentistry can help you achieve your goal of a healthy, enriching smile. Whether you need a simple filling or something more complex, you can count on our office to provide you with compassionate and personalized care. Call today to get the quality dental care your smile deserves!
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