Restoration dentistry done right in Pekin

At David S. Kuban, D.D.S. we offer high quality restoration dentistry services to all of our patients in Pekin and the surrounding areas. Even though over the years, dentistry has improved the state of oral health, teeth still are susceptible to decay, breakage, and infection. When this happens, we can work with you to restore your teeth back to health. We use modern technology and improved techniques to offer a variety of options to improve your smile and return it to health. Should we determine that restorative treatment is necessary for your teeth, we will discuss the available options with you and recommend the most comfortable and the least invasive treatment options available. It is our number one priority to provide you with excellent care. Reasons you may need restorative dentistry include: 

Tooth-colored, metal-free fillings

We use composite tooth-colored fillings to repair teeth affected by decay, cracks, fractures, and other wear and tear. We will remove the decayed or affected portion of the tooth before filling it in with the best available filling material option. Composite fillings and silver fillings are among the most commonly used. You may need a composite filling if you have:
  • Chipped teeth,
  • Closing space between two teeth,
  • Cracked or broken teeth,
  • Decayed teeth, or
  • Worn teeth.
Dentist brushing dummy teeth for restoration dentistry in Pekin.
We generally place composite fillings in one appointment. Once we've numbed your tooth, we'll remove decay, clean the space thoroughly, then place the new filling. Should decay be near a nerve, we will first add a special medication to protect that nerve. Should you feel sensitivity to hot or cold after receiving your filling, be aware that this is normal, and you will adjust shortly. 

Crowns (caps)

When you need a crown, you need a covering that encases an entire tooth's surface to restore that tooth to its original shape and size. Getting a crown protects and strengthens the tooth structure that cannot be restored through fillings or other types of restorations. Porcelain is the most common type of crown. These are made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth to give you a natural-looking smile. Reasons you may need a crown include: 
  • Broken or fractured teeth
  • Cosmetic enhancement
  • Decayed teeth,
  • Fractured fillings
  • Large fillings
  • Tooth has a root canal
Plan on two appointments to receive a crown procedure. Your first appointment with us will involve us taking accurate molds that will then be used to create your custom crown. In the meantime, we will create a temporary crown, which will stay on your tooth for about two weeks while your permanent crown is manufactured in our factory. While your tooth is numb, we will prepare it by removing any decay and shaping the surface so that the crown will properly fit. We'll then use temporary cement for the temporary crown and check your bite. At your second appointment, we will remove the temporary crown, clean the tooth, and then carefully place the new crown. 

Dentures and partial dentures

When you get dentures, it's to provide you with a removable appliance that replaces missing teeth and their surrounding tissue. We make them to resemble your natural teeth and enhance your smile. We offer two types of dentures. We use complete dentrues when all of your teeth are missing while we use partial dentrues when only some of your natural teeth are missing. A partial denture can also protect your other teeth from shifting their positions. 

Complete dentures can be of two types. Conventional dentures is made once we've removed all of your teeth and allowed your gum tissue 8 to 12 weeks to heal. During the time your teeth are healing, you will go without teeth. Immediate dentures, on the other hand, are made in advance and placed in your mouth immediately after teeth are removed, preventing you from needing to be without teeth during the healing process. Once your mouth tissues heal, you will need a reline so that a proper fit is formed. There are a number of reasons one might need dentures, including: 
  • Complete Denture - Loss of all teeth in an arch
  • Partial Denture - Loss of several teeth in an arch
  • Enhancing smile and facial tissues
  • Improving chewing, speech, and digestion
When we create dentures for you, it requires several appointments over several weeks. It is important that we make accurate molds and take accurate measurements of your mouth to create your custom dentures. We will also have several appointments to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. At your final appointment, we will adjust and place the completed denture to ensure a natural and comfortable fit. You may find increased saliva flow, soreness, speech, and chewing difficulty as you get used to your dentures, but as your muscles and tissues acclimate to them, this will dissipate. 

Fixed bridges

Dental bridges make great solutions for replacing missing teeth. They are non-removable. We have several different types of bridges that we use, and we'll discuss what will work best in your individual case. The most common type of bridge we install is the traditional bridge, made of porcelain fused to metal. This consists of two crowns that cover two anchoring teeth and then attach to artificial teeth so that the gap in your mouth is closed. There are many reasons you may need a fixed bridge, including:
  • Fill space of missing teeth
  • Maintain facial shape
  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
  • Restore chewing and speaking ability
  • Restore your smile
  • Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance
Plan on two or more visits for getting a bridge installed. When your teeth have been numbed, we will prepare the anchoring teeth by removing enamel to allow for the placement of crowns. Next, we will take a mold to send to a dental laboratory where our bridges are constructed. Additionally, we will create a temporary bridge for you to wear for several weeks while waiting for your next appointment. At your next appointment, we will check and adjust your permanent bridge for a perfect fit. 

Root canal therapy

Sometimes, we have to provide a root canal. This is needed when we can tell that your tooth's nerve has been affected by decay or infection. So that we may save the tooth, the pulp, nerves, bacteria, and decay are removed and we fill the space with special medicated dental materials, restoring the tooth to its full function. Root canals save teeth that would otherwise die and require extraction, causing more problems for your oral health. A root canal usually lasts for a lifetime. Signs and symptoms that you may need a root canal include: 
  • An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Severe toothache pain
  • Sometimes no symptoms are present
  • Swelling and/or tenderness
You will need a root canal if: 
  • Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth)
  • Infection or abscess have developed inside the tooth or at the root tip
  • Injury or trauma has occurred to the tooth
Root canals can be completed in one or more appointments and can be performed by our dentist or by an endodontist. Once we've numbed your tooth, we will use a sheet of rubber to place around the tooth to keep it free of saliva and dry. We will then make an access opening at the top of the tooth and place a series of root canal files into the opening one at a time to remove the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria. We will also remove any tooth decay present. We will then thoroughly clean the tooth and seal it with a permanent filling. At another appointment, we will place a crown to prevent the tooth from breaking. 
Call our office today for restorative dental services (309) 347-4711
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