East Longmeadow Restorative Dentist
While Scannell & Hollinger is a dental practice focused on preventive care, we know that even the most thorough oral hygiene routine can fall short. That’s why we offer comprehensive dentistry services to renew damaged teeth and enhance less than perfect smiles. The trusted East Longmeadow, MA dentists, Dr. Stephen Scannell and Dr. Keith Hollinger, have years of training and experience in a wide variety of restorative dentistry services to help patients repair damaged smiles quickly and completely.
Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns are a versatile dentistry restoration and tooth replacement solution used to repair teeth too extensively damaged to be corrected with a smaller restoration, to protect teeth that have undergone root canal therapy, or as part of single tooth dental implant and fixed bridge tooth replacements. Dental crowns and fixed bridges are time tested, predictable restoration options, and our skilled dentists have years of experience producing seamless crown and bridge restorations that look and feel like natural teeth.
CEREC One-Visit Restorations
In the past, patients needed to visit our office at least two times to complete advanced dental restoration. However, thanks to the chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics (CEREC) system, our team is able to design, craft, and place dental restorations in a single visit. CEREC is a computer aided design and manufacture (CAD/CAM) system that allows our team to complete the entire dental restoration process in our convenient East Longmeadow practice. The CEREC treatment process is similar to traditional dental restoration. First, we remove damaged or decayed dental structure. Then, using state-of-the-art digital x-rays and tooth impressions, we design a custom dental crown that restores patients’ smiles while preserving the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure. The CEREC milling unit then crafts the restoration from a single cube of high quality porcelain. Once the restoration is complete, it is cemented into place meaning patients leave our office with a picture-perfect smile.
Dentures & Partials
Partial and full dentures are effective restorative options for patients who’ve suffered from significant tooth loss. Partial dentures are created from a number of replacement teeth set into a gum-colored base. The partial is fitted snugly into the smile like a puzzle piece and held in place with clasps attached to remaining healthy teeth. Full dentures combine an arch of replacement teeth with a custom-fitted gum-colored base. The full denture is held in place with natural suction or denture adhesive. Full and partial dentures are removable for easy cleaning. Patients interested in a more secure alternative to traditional, removable dentures may consider implant supported dentures.
Root Canal Therapy
Patients who experience tooth decay or trauma so extensive that it reaches the inner, pulp layer of teeth may need to undergo root canal therapy. Root canals have a bad reputation for being extremely painful, but they actually significantly reduce the pain of tooth decay. The pulp contains the nerve system of the tooth, so damage or decay that reaches the pulp directly accesses the nerve causing severe pain. A root canal removes the entire tooth pulp and nerve significantly reducing pain. The tooth is then refilled, sealed, and covered with a dental crown to restore full form and function to the tooth.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
In most cases, we work hard to help patients preserve their natural dental structure, but there are some situations in which removing teeth is the best solution to help patients maintain their optimal level of oral health. The most frequently extracted teeth are third molars, commonly referred to as wisdom teeth. As the last teeth to erupt in patients’ smiles, wisdom teeth may cause a number of oral health concerns including crowding and impaction. We are prepared to offer a thorough evaluation of your wisdom teeth and recommend the best treatment options.