Zelienople Restorative Dentistry
Restorative Dentist in Zelienople, PA
The Marion Smile Center team is comprised of Dr. Mark Marion, with his vast experience restoring teeth, as well as capable expanded function dental assistants (EFDAs). Dr. Marion and his EFDAs work closely to produce beautiful and functional dental restorations that can restore your ability to eat and speak properly with natural-looking results. In addition to our excellent restorative dentistry clinical skills, we use state-of-the-art technology such as a digital impression scanner, digital imaging, and fully computerized treatment rooms, as well as top-of-the-line materials and labs.
Our restorative dental services include:
Crowns and Implants
Crowns are used to strengthen or improve the shape of a tooth. Dr. Marion may recommend a crown for teeth that are broken, worn down, or damaged by tooth decay. A crown is cemented onto an existing tooth – or implant – and fully covers the portion of the tooth above the gum line. This essentially makes the crown the new outer surface of your tooth. Many dentists use crowns made of metal and/or porcelain, but at Marion Smile Center, we now use crowns made of a superior material like zirconium for stronger, more durable, and natural-looking results. We take special pride in our ability to precisely match a crown or implant to the color and shape of your surrounding teeth.
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Full-Mouth Smile Makeovers
Full-mouth smile makeovers often involve multiple dental procedures – all intended to work together to create a dazzling new smile for you. Dental restoration efforts included in this full-mouth reconstruction may include:
- Cleaning & Exam
- Digital impressions
- Teeth Whitening
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Dentures are natural-looking replacement teeth. Full dentures are removable and used when all of the natural teeth have been removed. Partial dentures, also removable, are used when just a few teeth are missing. Implant-supported dentures combine implants with dentures and can be used when just a few teeth are missing – or to replace all teeth in the upper or lower jaw at once. Implant-supported dentures snap onto implants, so they are removable by patients.
Types of dentures we provide include:
At Marion Smile Center, your immediate full dentures can be worn right after your teeth have been removed. The denture rests on top of the ridge of your jaw.
In the past, patients would have to wait a couple months after having their teeth extracted for the gum tissue to heal before conventional dentures could be made. Now, however, you do not have to suffer the embarrassment of going months without teeth. You will leave our office with a full, beautiful smile the same day we extract your teeth. After two months of healing, Dr. Marion will realign your dentures for the best possible fit.
Partial dentures are replacement teeth that are attached to a metal frame that fits in your mouth and connects to your natural teeth. These dentures are a removable alternative to a fixed bridge.
Implant-supported dentures allow you to replace all the teeth of your upper or lower jaw (or both). The dentures are fixed into place using dental implants.
An Oral Surgeon will place your dental implants. After a few months of healing, the Oral Surgeon will determine if the implants have successfully assimilated into the jaw bone. When that has happened, Dr. Marion will then either modify your existing denture to fit on the implants or will make a new denture depending on multiple factors. Implant supported dentures allow you to eat, talk, and laugh while your dentures remain firmly in place.
Caring for Your Dentures
No matter the type of dentures you have, you still need to regularly visit your dentist. The purpose of these appointments is to ensure your overall oral health as well as to check the fit of your dentures over time. As you age, changes in jaw bone density and gum tissue can cause your dentures to no longer fit properly. Ill-fitting dentures can irritate your gums and lead to difficulty speaking and eating, poor nutrition, and unintended weight loss.
During these exams, the health of your gums will be assessed. Dentures can be adjusted to eliminate any sore spots. Your dentures will also be cleaned of bacteria, plaque buildup, and stains using our ultrasonic cleaning machine. Additionally, an oral cancer screening will be done.
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Single-Visit Root Canals
There is no need to be worried if Dr. Marion recommends a root canal – also known as an endodontic procedure – to treat a damaged or diseased tooth. Root canals relieve pain, make teeth healthy again, and help save your natural tooth. Millions of teeth are treated and saved with a root canal every year.
You may need a root canal if you experience the following:
- Severe pain while chewing or biting
- Pimples on the gum
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
- Swollen or tender gums
- Deep decay or a darkening of the gums
In order to accurately diagnose you, Dr. Marion will need to “see” inside the affected tooth to the pulp and determine if it is damaged or infected. When you arrive, we will take X-rays and may perform other tests to determine whether a root canal is needed.
During a root canal procedure, Dr. Marion carefully removes the pulp from inside the tooth, then cleans, disinfects, and shapes the root canal. The number of roots each tooth has can vary. A filling is placed in each canal to seal the space. This will ensure bacteria does not re-enter the canal.
While some dentists require multiple visits to complete a root canal procedure, Dr. Marion typically does so in just a single appointment.
Over time, teeth that have undergone root canals can become brittle and break. To protect against this, a crown or filling is needed on the tooth that had a root canal.
The cost of a root canal will vary, depending on the tooth and complexity of the problem. Some teeth have multiple roots, so the procedure will need to be repeated for each root canal that exists. For example, molars have more roots and are more difficult to treat – thus, the fee for a root canal of a molar is typically higher.
In most cases, restoration work (fillings, crowns, and root canals) are less expensive than having a tooth extracted. That’s because an extracted tooth must be replaced with an implant or bridge to restore your ability to properly chew, speak, and to prevent adjacent teeth from shifting.
If you’re experiencing tooth pain or other dental problems and think you may need restorative dental work – such as a crown, implant, root canal, or dentures – you’ve come to the right place. Dr. Marion at the Marion Smile Center is specially trained and experienced at the full range of restorative dentistry. He can even give you a dazzling full-mouth smile makeover.
Call Marion Smile Center in Zelienople, Pennsylvania, at (724) 452-4300 to get started. You can also simply request an appointment now.