At Benson Dental, we offer restorative dental services and general visits for patients in Sioux Falls, SD. Restorative dentistry is the practice of managing dental disease and rehabilitating teeth to promote a healthy, functional, and beautiful smile. Whether your tooth is damaged by dental decay, an injury, or another cause, our staff is here to help.
Dr. Bruce Benson is an expert at diagnosing and treating dental problems of all kinds. If fillings, root canals, or other restorative procedures cannot save your teeth, our practice partners with some of the top specialists in the Sioux Falls region to insert dental implants, dentures, and other tooth replacement options. No matter what your condition is, our goal is to make sure your smile stays healthy and beautiful.
Restorative Dental Treatments
Most restorative dental treatments share a common goal: to eliminate decay, repair any damage, and prevent infection from spreading to other parts of the mouth. Most of these procedures use a local anesthetic to numb the area and prevent any discomfort. There are a variety of restorative dental treatments, many of which can be finished during a short visit to our office. You can find more information about dental fillings, crowns, bridges, root canals, and implant dentistry below:
Fillings are one of the most common dental treatments. To repair the area of decay or damage, your dentist will shave down the damaged portion of the tooth and fill the cavity with amalgam or tooth-colored resin. Fillings stop decay from spreading and preserve the integrity of your natural tooth. For more information about dental fillings, click here.
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and bridges are fixed dental appliances that cover or replace teeth that are damaged or missing. Crowns work like caps that cover a damaged tooth. The crown strengthens the tooth and improves the tooth’s overall appearance. Dr. Benson may recommend a crown if you need to replace a large filling, protect a weak tooth, or restore a broken tooth. Crowns can also cover dental implants to replace a missing tooth.
Bridges replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of a prosthetic tooth surrounded by crowns. The crowns are cemented onto your natural teeth, allowing the prosthetic tooth to fill the space left by the missing tooth. They get the name bridges because, in a sense, they bridge the gap left by one or more missing teeth. Bridges can also be supported by dental implants if the teeth are not strong enough to hold the bridge.
Root Canal Therapy
You may need root canal therapy if the decay has extended into the center of the tooth, which holds the pulp, nerves, and blood vessels. This infected pulp can extend down into the roots of your tooth. During a root canal procedure, Dr. Benson will create an opening in the top of the tooth. Then, he will clean out the infected tissue from inside of the tooth using special tools, making sure to clean down into the infected root.
Once the infection is cleaned out, Dr. Benson will fill the interior of the tooth with material to help prevent further infection. Then, a crown will go over the tooth to restore the appearance and function of your smile. Many people fear that root canals will be painful, but most patients report that the procedure is no more uncomfortable than having a dental filling. Local anesthesia can be administered to prevent any pain in the area.
When it is impossible to save your natural tooth, dental implants may be the best option to restore your smile. Dental implants are surgically inserted into your jaw bone to replace the roots of your teeth. Once these replacement roots are secure, Dr. Benson can place a crown or bridge attachment to replace one or more teeth. In some cases, you can even receive a full fixed denture supported by implants.
Restorative and Implant Dentistry in Sioux Falls, SD
If you experience a dental injury, dental decay, or other problems, contact Benson Dental in Sioux Falls, SD. Dr. Bruce Benson has years of experience helping patients find the best restorative option to fit their needs. For more information about our practice and the services we offer, continue browsing this website or feel free to give us a call. One of our staff members will be happy to assist you.