Dr. Kaltchev will provide a treatment plan to restore dental function and beauty tailored to you and your specific needs. Contact us today for an appointment.
Are you looking for a more beautiful smile? Many people can benefit from restorative dental procedures that not only correct imperfections, but repair damage caused by decay or trauma. BK Dental features two talented restorative experts and two locations for your care: Dr. Boris Kaltchev provides restorative dentistry in Wood Dale, IL and Evanston, IL, creating brilliant smiles that can last a lifetime, and Dr. Chernoff delivers excellence in a variety of dental restorations in Evanston.
Crowns, Onlays, and Inlays
When the outer surface of a tooth is damaged, decayed tooth material can be removed and jagged edges smoothed to provide a solid foundation for a restoration.
- A crown is used when the entire chewing surface of your tooth has been compromised, capping and sealing off the tooth to provide a correct bite and restore both your smile’s aesthetics and function.
- An inlay is a filling that lies between the cusps, or points, of your tooth’s chewing surface. Inlays fill the space where the tooth decay (cavity) was removed and provide a strong chewing surface.
- An onlay is a larger filling that overlaps one or more cusps of your tooth, for cases in which the damage from a cavity was extensive and involved more of the tooth’s chewing surface.
All three of these restorative procedures can be accomplished with a strong, tooth colored material that is sculpted and fitted precisely to restore your tooth’s health and function and deliver a natural looking smile.
Root Canal Therapy
When decay eats through the exterior of the tooth to the pulp that fills the root, the nerve inside the tooth is exposed and you can experience significant pain. A root canal treatment consists of removing the top of the tooth, carefully drilling down to scrape out the infected root pulp and replacing it with a strong, sterile compound. A restorative crown is then fitted to completely seal the filled tooth, and provide an aesthetically pleasing and functional chewing surface.
Fixed Bridges or Partial Dentures
When one or more teeth are missing, bridgework can be created to close the gaps left by the extracted or lost teeth. The fixed bridge, or partial denture, is connected to the adjacent teeth (also known as abutment teeth) and a restoration is attached to the bridge that looks like a natural tooth or teeth. A fixed bridge prevents the adjacent teeth from drifting into the gap left by the missing tooth where they can become loose and fall out due to bone loss in the area. Partial dentures can also be supported by a dental implant in the space left by an extracted tooth.
When all of the teeth in the upper or lower arch of the jaw are missing, a full denture can be created to restore your smile. The full denture is a complete fabrication of an entire arch of teeth, designed to look like your original teeth. Dentures can be removable, held in the mouth by suction or with the help of adhesives, or permanent, anchored with several carefully placed dental implants. Patients who are completely edentulous (toothless) will find the shape of their face changing over time, as bone in the jaw slowly dissolved. Dentures can fill out sunken in lips and check for a more natural appearance, and allow you to eat and speak with ease. Dr. Kaltchev is known for his expertise in creating premium dentures for patients all over the Chicagoland area.
Dental implants provide a natural looking, fully functional restoration for patients who have lost one or more teeth. Implants are superior to fixed bridgework or removable dentures as an implant replaces the entire tooth, creating a new “root” which can stimulate the jaw bone and prevent bone from dissolving away. Dental implants are considered the gold standard for replacing missing teeth and can often last a lifetime!
Dental implants consist of three parts:
- The implant itself is a tiny titanium screw that is placed in the bone of the jaw underneath the gums. This post anchors the restoration or denture and helps to prevent bone loss. If bone loss has already occurred, a bone graft can be implemented to strengthen the jawbone in the area of the intended implant.
- After the jawbone has grown tightly into the threaded implant, it is uncovered, and a post is attached which will extend through the gums and provide support for the final restoration. The post is biocompatible with your gum tissue, which will adhere to it as if it were the side of a natural tooth.
- After the gum is healed, a crown or partial denture which has been fabricated to match your existing teeth is placed on the post to complete the restoration. Alternately, several implants can be placed, and a full mouth restoration accomplished by attaching complete dentures to the implants.
Dental implants that are correctly placed and maintained can often last the rest of your life.
Whether you have a cavity, a damaged or imperfect tooth, gaps in your smile, or are missing a complete arch of teeth, restorative dentistry can give you back the smile of your dreams. Request an appointment today with Dr. Kaltchev or Dr. Chernoff at one of our two convenient BK Dental locations.