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Daniel Berquist, DDSJoseph Ornelas, DDS

Restorative Dentistry in La Porte

The focus of dentistry should always be on helping patients maintain their optimal level of oral health, but even the most committed at-home care may have gaps, and it’s difficult to prevent other oral health concerns like facial trauma. No matter what the cause of oral health concerns, our team offers restorative dentistry services and tooth replacement to renew smiles for residents of Westville and other nearby locations. In our La Porte, IN practice, Dr. Daniel Berquist and Dr. Joseph Ornelas offer advanced restorative dentistry services to keep patients smiling.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

For decades, silver-colored amalgam fillings were the standard restoration for chipped, cracked, or decayed teeth. While this filling material is durable, it created noticeable dark-colored marks on otherwise flawless smiles. Additionally, amalgam expands and contracts with changes in temperature. Over time, these changes may harm the natural dental structure. At Region Dental, we offer a more cosmetically appearing alternative: composite resin fillings. This malleable filling material can be shaded to closely match the natural tooth color and is applied and shaped directly onto prepared teeth. Once the damaged structure is replaced with the precisely shaped tooth-colored filling material, a curing light is used to harden the filling in place. Benefits of tooth colored fillings include:

Partial & Full Dentures

For patients missing a number of teeth or a full arch, we will likely recommend partial or full traditional or implant-retained dentures. No tooth replacement solution is right for every patient, and our team is happy to discuss all of your options during a tooth replacement consultation.

Root Canal Therapy

Root canals have a reputation for being excruciatingly painful, but actually, the procedure itself causes no more discomfort than most common dental crowns or fillings. The pain of root canals is caused by infection accessing the central part of the tooth (the pulp) where the entire nerve systems of teeth are housed. When infection reaches the pulp, it directly affects the nerves of teeth, causing severe pain. During a root canal, the infected pulp and nerve tissue is completely removed, eliminating pain almost instantly. Once the damaged tissue is removed, our team replaces the tissue with a similar biocompatible substance and seals the treated tooth shut. In most cases, a dental crown is placed over the tooth in order to protect the remaining dental structure and provide added strength and stability. Contact our team right away if you experience any of these warning signs of root canal infection:

Tooth Extractions

In most cases, our team will work hard to preserve natural dental structure for patients, but there are some situations where extraction is unavoidable. The most common reasons for extraction include: