Gilling Dental is proud to offer patients throughout Shawano and Waupaca counties with the latest in restorative treatments and technology to help restore their smile into one they will want to show off. Whether you have experienced a dental trauma (link to Endodontics page) or your teeth have become worn down with age, our dental team can help. Our restorative treatments include crowns, veneers, bridges, fillings, dentures, and more.
If you believe restorative dentistry could be a solution for your dental needs, call us at 715-754-2505 to inquire about what exactly Dr. Chris Gilling or Dr. Justin Gilling could do for you.
When a tooth is affected by decay, fractures, or cracks, a dental filling is needed to restore the tooth. In a single dental appointment, the decayed or injured tooth will be removed, cleaned, and filled. Composite fillings can be matched to the color of your existing tooth. Since the color is the same as your original tooth, the filling will look aesthetically pleasing and restore your teeth to a healthy, beautiful smile.
Full Coverage Crowns
(Zirconia and All Porcelain)
All porcelain crowns are not quite as strong as porcelain fused to metal crowns, but all zirconia crowns are comparable in strength and offer a metal free option. All zirconia crowns are the most commonly placed posterior crown. All porcelain crowns can wear down opposing teeth slightly more than metal or resin crowns. We usually tell our patients that if it is front teeth, all ceramic crowns are an excellent option, for cosmetic reasons but otherwise, other options can be better.
We also offer porcelain fused to metal crowns. These crowns will be color matched to the patient's natural teeth. The only downside is that is usually wear caused to the opposing teeth compared with metal or resin crowns. Porcelain crowns also have the risk of chipping or breaking more easily.
Another option are full cast metal crowns composed primarily of gold or base metal. Metal crowns almost never chip or break and can withstand years of wear and tear. Since they are composed of metal, they do stand out, which is why we never recommend these crowns for front teeth. They are perfect for molars and back teeth, where people won't be able to see them.
Finally, for crowns we offer resin based crowns. Resin is an economical and practical choice but tends to wear down faster than other options. Your dentist will discuss your options and together you will decide what option is best for you and your needs.
Bridges can be utilized when tooth loss occurs due to gum disease, decay, or injury. The loss of a tooth can create greater problems for your dental health if it is not corrected. The teeth next to the missing tooth (or teeth) can begin to move and result in pain, discomfort, and can look unsightly. With bridges, your dentist will close any gaps in your mouth. The bridge looks and acts just like natural teeth, is permanently cemented, and helps to maintain the position of the rest of your teeth.
Dentures & Partial Dentures
A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.
There are two types of dentures – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.
A complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks. During this time the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made.
Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
Dental implants are a great alternative to traditional bridgework and dentures. They are safe and look and feel just like natural teeth. Implants are permanently anchored into the patient's jawbone and no preparation of adjacent teeth is required. This implant will look like a tiny cylinder. While the implant is bonding to the bone, the patient will wear a temporary crown over the implant.
It is important to replace missing teeth, because if left with spaces, your teeth can shift and cause a variety of other dental and medical problems. Our office has extensive experience in treatment planning and designing implant solutions that are custom tailored for each individual patient. Implants do require several visits and can take months to complete.
Porcelain & Composite Veneers
Veneers are custom made shells that are carefully bonded to your teeth in order to improve the appearance and strength of each tooth. They can change the appearance of a single tooth or your entire smile by covering up stains, changing the shape or length of your teeth, and even change the look of your teeth placement. We offer two different veneer options, porcelain and composite, and each has its own application process.
Porcelain veneers require an impression be taken of the patient's teeth. This impression is then used to create the veneers and ensure that the fit, feel, color, and shape are just right. The veneer is then bonded to the patient's tooth to provide a shield and hide any imperfections of the natural tooth. Porcelain veneers are a great option because they are strong, stain-resistant, and last for many years without needing any extra maintenance.
Composite veneers are created in office with the use of a composite resin that comes in a broad range of tooth colors allowing an almost invisible reshaping and restoration. These veneers are crafted by one of our experienced dentists and shaped to complement the patient's teeth. Composite veneers are not as durable or stain-resistant as porcelain veneers, but they do last several years before needed any repairs. They are also less expensive than porcelain veneers.
If you are interested in veneers, Doctors Christopher and Justin Gilling would be more than happy to discuss your options with you. Call us at 715-754-2505 to make an appointment.
Do you need dentures? At Gilling Dental, we offer a variety of prosthodontics and denture options. Click here to learn more!