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Restorative Dentistry – Portales, NM

What Can You Do About Damaged Teeth?

When teeth break, wear down, or decay, it’s a serious problem. The lack of living cells means it won’t heal on its own, and the damage will only grow worse if you try to use the tooth to bite and chew normally. The only way to save the tooth without removing entirely is to fix it with a customized restorative solution that allows you to speak, eat, and smile normally again. Call Dr. Thompson today to schedule a consultation and see if you might need restorative dentistry from our Portales, NM dentist in the near future.

Why Choose Peter L. Thompson, DDS for Restorative Dentistry?

  • CEREC One-Visit Dental Care
  • Lifelike, Long-Lasting Materials
  • Advanced Design Technology

Same-Day CEREC Dental Crowns

Dental team member using CEREC same day restorative dentistry system

If the thought of making multiple trips to the dentist for uncomfortable, invasive procedures to fix a problem tooth sounds like a horrible proposition, then we have just the solution for you. At your Portales dentist, Peter Thompson, DDS we use the latest technology to make fixing teeth as fast and pain-free as possible with CEREC® same day technology. With CEREC, a process that used to require messy impressions, temporaries, and several weeks between several appointments can now be completed from start to finish in a single visit.

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Dental Crowns

If you think that beautiful crowns are only for members of the royal family, think again! At your Portales dentist office of Dr. Peter Thompson, we can create beautiful, natural-looking, and durable dental crowns to repair teeth that have been damaged by trauma or decay. And the best part is, we can complete the whole process, from digital impressions to the final restoration, in a single visit!

Dental crowns are used as opposed to a filling, inlay or onlay when the decay or damage to a tooth is too extensive to be partially filled and remain viable on its own. Dental crowns cover the entire remaining tooth after damage and decay have been removed, to prevent further damage from occurring and to strengthen the tooth.

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Tooth-Colored Fillings

At the Portales dentist office of Peter Thompson, DDS, we are proud to provide beautiful, metal-free dentistry for all of our patients. While the use of metal, up until quite recently, has been the “gold standard” in dental restorations, today there is much evidence that the use of metal, including mercury is actually potentially harmful to the human body. Not only are metal fillings and restorations potentially harmful (not to mention unsightly), but they tend to expand and contract with changes in temperature, making the restoration unstable.

Thankfully today, advances in technology have revolutionized the way dentists treat decay and apply fillings. Dr. Thompson uses the latest technology to create metal-free fillings that are both healthy and aesthetically pleasing; no one will even be able to tell it’s there.

Metal-free dentistry is now the standard. Composite fillings are a strong and enduring restoration that bonds directly to your tooth and allows more of the healthy tooth structure to remain. Dr. Thompson also custom matches the color of the composite material to the exact color and translucency of your natural tooth, so it blends in seamlessly with the surrounding teeth.

Inlays & Onlays

Animated onlay placement

Dr. Thompson uses our advanced CEREC same day milling machine to create a ceramic inlay or onlay, which fits perfectly to your existing tooth, in only one dental office visit! When you come in for your dental work, Dr. Thompson will use a small camera to create 3D digital images, or optical impressions, of the tooth that needs repair. This eliminates the need for a physical mold, which is unpleasant and time-consuming, with much chance for human error.

Using advanced digital software, Dr. Thompson is able to create a precision inlay or onlay to repair your tooth. The software sends the exact dimensions to an onsite milling machine, with advanced diamond coated instruments. In as little as 15 minutes we can create your new, permanent restoration to bring your tooth back to health.

The finished piece is adhered to your existing tooth using a bonding material and hardening light – permanently attaching the inlay or onlay to your tooth. Light polishing or glazing of the restoration make it look, feel and function just like your natural tooth.

Full Mouth Rehabilitation

Dentist performing full mouth rehabilitation

If you are experiencing chronic dental problems, it could be time to see Dr. Thompson! Most people living with deteriorated and/or missing teeth know that they need major dental work. But what they likely don’t realize is that their dental problems may be the real root of other issues including frequent headaches, shoulder, and neck pain, popping or aching jaws, and many other problems. Partial or full mouth rehabilitation could be the answer.

When teeth are lost, decayed, or ground down over the years, the jaw no longer falls into its natural and relaxed resting position. This causes the muscles that control the jaw to be in constant tension, which causes any number of issues, and causes a person to be in near constant discomfort. Restoring the bite to a proper position can, in some cases, provide immediate relief.

A critical part of this procedure is knowing how much tooth to restore and which procedures need to be performed. Dr. Thompson will examine your teeth, gums, temporomandibular (jaw) joints and muscles, as well as your smile’s aesthetics, to determine how best to proceed. This could include x-rays, digital images and/or models of your teeth to determine the bite. Then, together, we will come up with a personalized treatment plan to get your oral health back on track so you can live your best life.