Armstong Dentistry

1930 Prime Ct. Suite 101, Troy, Ohio 45373   |   937-339-3708

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Restorative Dentistry

Returning Your Smile to Its Natural Best

Tooth-Colored Fillings

In the event that you chip a tooth or are in need of a filling, we use a resin-based tooth-colored material to restore function and aesthetics to your teeth (there are some cases when other filling materials are more appropriate, but in those cases, the use is limited to back teeth, where it is less noticeable). Dr. Armstrong has an amazing ability to properly match the different restoration colors to one that will best match your natural teeth! 

Crowns

If a cavity is too large to restore with a tooth-colored filling, or it has a crack and needs to be stabilized, a crown (frequently called a “cap’) may be recommended. Crowns cover the remainder of a damaged or injured tooth, protecting and providing structure for the tooth.  

Dr. Armstrong uses CEREC technology to custom-mill a porcelain crown – with a shade chosen and then individually customized – to match your exact tooth color. In addition to using the PrimeScan 3D and CEREC system, Dr. Armstrong is certified to teach other dentists how to create and utilize the program, hardware and software. Because of this state-of-the-art technology, our crowns are made in a single appointment (as opposed to the older, “traditional” method of having to make several appointments, weeks apart, while a lab makes the crown), and our patients can walk out the door, ready for meals with no restrictions! 

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Woman having restorative dental work performed

Extractions

Whether an extraction needs to be performed for more common reasons – such as the removal of a wisdom tooth, or because of a medically-indicated treatment of an unhealthy tooth, Dr. Armstrong is an expert with local anesthesia, and will always make sure his patients are at ease and not feeling any discomfort during an extraction. Patients frequently aren’t sure what to expect, and he will answer any questions and gently talk them through the entire procedure before beginning. 

After an extraction, patient post-care is very important. Our office will explain the recovery process and how to handle any discomfort in the days afterward, provide our patients with written instructions and expert advice, as well as letting the patient know how to reach us if any concerns arise.

Replacing Missing Teeth

For any reason that a patient might be missing a tooth – or several teeth – there are several options for replacement, and options for different budgets, as well. Dr. Armstrong can replace missing teeth with one or more dental implants, by creating a bridge to span the gap, or by making a partial that has an artificial tooth attached to fill in the space. Every case is unique, and our patients are encouraged to meet with Dr. Armstrong to discuss their best plan forward.

Dentures or Implant-Supported Dentures

Do you have more gaps in your smile than teeth? Dr. Armstrong can create partials, dentures – or even better and more stable – implant-supported dentures, so you can have a healthy-looking smile again. While partials and dentures rely on the anatomy of your mouth (for partials, their stability comes from the clasps that wrap around and grip any remaining teeth, and the shape of your mouth and gums. Regular dentures rely solely on the shape of your mouth and gums), implant-supported dentures get their stability from two or more implants placed by Dr. Armstrong. After you have healed, the dentures will snap over the implants like a button on your jeans – and won’t fall out or “drift” when you talk or eat!

Root Canal Therapy

It is possible for teeth to die, due to trauma or decay. Even though the tooth is technically dead, sometimes the structure of the tooth can still be saved by performing a root canal. While root canals have long been perceived as a painful procedure, Dr. Armstrong will make sure that your procedure is virtually pain-free. 

When a root canal is performed, the patient is given local anesthesia to put the nerve of the tooth to sleep. Then, a small hole is made in the top of the tooth, so that the affected nerve can be removed, and the canals that attach the nerve to its blood supply in the jaw are sterilized. The interior of the tooth is then filled with a biocompatible material and closed off with either a tooth-colored filling or crown. 

Very often, the pain associated with that tooth subsides soon after the nerve has been removed. While root canals are often perceived to be painful, they are actually a great relief to patients.