If you’ve ever had a tooth restored in the past, you may remember it was a bit of a process that required multiple appointments and temporaries. Unfortunately, this is still the case in many dental offices today. But not at DeFelice Dentistry! We’ve invested in a high-tech E4D milling machine that allows us to digitally design, create, and place many restorations in a single visit! As a holistic dental practice, we carefully consider and test the biocompatibility of the materials we use in your mouth to ensure they work well with your unique body chemistry for the healthiest, longest lasting result.
E4D is a method of CAD/CAM dentistry, which stands for Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing. Essentially, this technology shrinks an entire dental lab and a process that used to require several weeks down into a single piece of chairside, same day technology. E4D helps us create and place many restorations in a single appointment, including inlays/onlays, crowns, bridges and veneers!
If you have a tooth that is decayed or broken, and past the point of repair with a simple filling, you may be a good candidate for an inlay or onlay. Inlays and onlays are a more conservative option than placing a full crown, which requires preparation or the natural tooth. Inlays and onlays require minimal to no removal of healthy structure to place, allowing us to preserve your natural tooth for as long as possible.
Inlays are smaller and usually contained within the cusp (outer ridges) of the tooth, while onlays are larger and extend beyond the cusp. Inlays and onlays can prevent further damage to the tooth while strengthening and fortifying to help it last longer.If you’re looking for a conservative tooth restoration, schedule a consultation today to see if we can restore your smile with an inlay or onlay. With same day E4D technology, we can complete the process in a single appointment!
If you have a tooth that’s badly decayed or damaged and is past the point of repair with an inlay or onlay, you may need a crown to restore the tooth to health. Crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are fitted over any remaining healthy tooth structure. Some preparation of the natural tooth is required to make room for the restoration and ensure the best fit and strongest bond.
Same day crowns can help you restore your smile in form and function, without the hassle of multiple appointments and temporaries. Your new porcelain crown will look, feel and function just like a natural tooth. Prevent further damage to the tooth, prevent surrounding teeth from shifting, and enjoy eating on all sides of your mouth again. At DeFelice Dentistry, with our advanced E4D technology, we can take your tooth from broken to beautiful in a single appointment!
If you’re missing a single tooth or multiple teeth, a beautiful porcelain bridge can restore the balance to your smile. Bridges usually consist of one or more fabricated teeth. Traditionally, bridges are anchored to the surrounding teeth on either side with crowns. This option requires removal of healthy tooth structure to secure the crowns. If you are not a candidate for or cannot afford dental implants, this may be the best option for you.
If you are a candidate for dental implants, we can avoid the need for anchoring crowns by anchoring the bridge directly into the jawbone with dental implants. If you’re only missing one tooth and are a candidate for dental implants, we can avoid the need for a bridge altogether with a single dental implant and a full crown on top.
Bridges can help preserve your alignment, bite, and TMJ when teeth have gone missing while allowing you to enjoy your favorite foods comfortably again, and to speak and smile with confidence! We have many tooth replacement options to fit your individual needs and budget. Contact us at DeFelice Dentistry today to schedule a consultation and find out which option is best for you.
If you’re missing most or all of your natural teeth or living with old dentures that are getting in the way of your life, we would love to help you with our modern denture options. Thankfully, today’s dentures are a far cry from those of your grandparents. We have many options available to suit your individual needs and budget. We use materials that will be the most biocompatible with your unique body chemistry to ensure they are the healthiest, longest lasting option for you. Most dentures are typically made from a combination of ceramic and acrylic to mimic natural teeth in form and function.
We are very aware of many patients’ concerns over the safety of root canal therapy. We are pleased to offer a solution to that problem. Dr. Louise uses biocompatible and bioceramic root canal filling materials as an alternative. The National Institute of Health (NIH) announced in 2016 that bioceramics are indeed biocompatible for root canal therapy. The bioceramic sealer forms hydroxyapatite upon setting and chemically bonds to both dentin and the bioceramic points. The BC sealer is anti-bacterial and highly alkaline. The anti-bacterial bioceramic filling and sealer can be used in combination with laser light to kill bacteria in the tubules and provide an excellent seal.
Generally, holistic dentists don’t condone traditional root canal treatment because of the toxic chemicals used in the sterilization and filling material. Our bioceramic materials give our patients another option to save the tooth. The biocompatibility prevents rejection by the surrounding tissues. In addition, the material contains calcium phosphate, which enhances the setting properties of bioceramics and results in a chemical composition and crystalline structure similar to tooth and bone apatite materials.
Root canal therapy can eliminate pain and sensitivity and prevent the need for tooth removal. That’s why your Spokane holistic dentist offers biocompatible materials and advanced instrumentation that provide the same results without toxic chemicals.
If you have any questions about restorative dentistry or would like to schedule a visit with your Spokane restorative dentist, Dr. DeFelice at DeFelice Dentistry, give us a call today or request an appointment online! We are happy to provide quality dental care for our patients from Spokane, Spokane Valley, Airway Heights, Country Homes, Fairwood, Geiger, and beyond.