St. Peters Restorative Dentistry
While we work hard to prevent dental decay and damage with regular preventive dentistry services, the team at Cayo Dental Center knows that patients may still suffer from dental decay or damage. Dr. Krista Cayo and her team offer a wide range of restorative dentistry services to repair damaged smiles and restore natural form and function. From traditional crown and bridge tooth replacement to wisdom tooth extractions, our skilled dentist and team dedicate hours each year to advanced training and education in order to provide the most up to date restorative techniques and technologies. Our St. Peters, MO practice invites patients from nearby O’Fallon and other surrounding areas to contact our friendly team to schedule an appointment today.
Traditional tooth replacement options only restore the visible. Dental implants are small, titanium posts that replace dental roots following tooth loss. Dr. Cayo partners with a trusted local oral surgeon to offer patients dental implant-supported tooth replacement. The oral surgeon places the implant posts below the jawline, and once the implant has settled securely into position, patients return to our office where we’ll connect a dental crown, fixed bridge, or denture to the implant posts.
- Single tooth replacement – dental crowns connected to a single implant post provide stable restoration without damaging surrounding teeth.
- Multiple tooth replacement – for consecutive missing teeth, a fixed bridge can be connected to implants and for nonconsecutive missing teeth, a partial denture is used. Partials can be fixed or removable, depending on patient preference.
- Full arch tooth replacement – implant retained dentures, like their traditional counterparts, replace an entire arch of missing teeth. We offer both fixed and removable dentures to ensure patient comfort.
Traditional Crown & Bridge
Dental crowns are used to restore teeth that have damage too severe to repair with a filling or other, more conservative treatment, but they are also used to support replacement teeth as part of fixed bridge tooth replacement or implant-supported single tooth replacement. Following root canal therapy, a dental crown is typically placed to protect the treated tooth. A dental crown may also be used to conceal or correct purely cosmetic concerns. Traditional crown and bridge restorations require at least two visits to complete.
In the past, our team relied on silver-colored amalgam fillings to restore decayed or damaged teeth. These restorations returned teeth to their natural form, but they marred the appearance of smiles. Dr. Cayo offers a more cosmetically and restoratively superior alternative – tooth-colored, composite resin fillings. These fillings can be placed in a single visit, and because they are directly bonded to tooth enamel, they improve the strength and appearance of the damaged tooth. With proper care, tooth-colored fillings can last as long as amalgam fillings.
Partial & Full Dentures
Traditional partial and full dentures are used to replace multiple teeth or a full arch of teeth. Partial dentures are crafted from a number of replacement teeth set into a gum colored base. Partials snap into place, filling gaps in patients’ smiles, and are held in position by metal clasps or clasps made of a flexible thermoplastic material connected to remaining teeth. Full dentures are made from an entire arch of replacement teeth set into a slightly larger gum colored base that adheres to natural gum tissue through suction or with small amounts of denture adhesive.
In most cases, we strive to preserve natural dental structures, but there are situations in which removing teeth is the best way to ensure optimal oral health. Some of the common reasons teeth are extracted include:
- Severe decay that threatens underlying root structures and surrounding teeth
- Decay or trauma that causes too much structural loss to support a restoration
- Infected gum tissue that may cause serious oral health concerns
- Third molars (wisdom teeth) are the most commonly removed teeth
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Wisdom teeth are the last to emerge in patients’ smiles, and this causes a number of oral health concerns, including impaction (the tooth’s inability to erupt), crowding, and the shifting of previous orthodontic work. If Dr. Cayo believes developing third molars will be a concern, she may recommend extraction in order to prevent damage. Depending on how these teeth develop, our team may be able to “pull” teeth or use forceps to extract teeth, but in many cases, wisdom teeth need to be surgically removed.
Root Canal Therapy
Once tooth decay reaches beyond the outer enamel to the interior of your tooth (the pulp), you need a root canal, or endodontic treatment, to save it from extraction. But forget what you may think you know about root canals. With advances in modern dentistry and sedation options available at Cayo Dental Care, endodontic treatment is more comfortable than ever. During a root canal, Dr. Cayo removes all infected tissue from the interior of the tooth, refills it, and usually restores its strength with a dental crown in St. Peters. Your dentist will evaluate the level of care you need and may refer you to an outside specialist for more complex cases.