No one wants to deal with broken, damaged, or absent teeth. Not only are they not the most pleasant thing to look at in the mirror, they can have negative effects on your health. Bone loss occurs when teeth are missing, which compromises facial structure and can cause a “sunken-in” appearance. Damaged teeth are more susceptible to infection, pain, and can affect many different parts of your life—but Patrick Fields, DDS can help!
We only get two sets of natural teeth in our lives—our baby teeth and our adult teeth. Dr. Fields’ goal is to preserve and maintain your natural teeth for as long as possible, and our team works with you to help that happen. However, sometimes things happen that prevent that—an accident, an illness, advanced gum disease or just a poor hand in the genetic poker game.
Ever-advancing technology and continued research and development of dental procedures have made dental restorations better than they’ve ever been—and they just continue to improve with time. Dr. Fields considers himself a lifelong learner and is committed to continuing education and upgrading the practice’s technology to give the Cabot community treatments and services on a par with anywhere else on Earth. For more details, check out our Technology page!
Fillings today are made from durable composite resin or porcelain materials. They are safe, adapt to changing temperatures, and withstand normal wear and tear with ease. Dr. Fields color-matches filling materials with your natural teeth for a uniform, aesthetically pleasing look you can really chew on.
Inlays and onlays are an intermediate solution falling somewhere between a filling and a crown. While the materials used to make them are similar, they can tolerate greater chewing pressure and sometimes even outlast fillings. Dr. Fields matches an inlay or onlay to natural tooth color—and they may even cost less than a crown.
A crown can restore a badly decayed or damaged tooth to full health. Crowns are tooth-shaped caps that fit over remaining healthy tooth structure, strengthening a compromised tooth so it can function properly. Dr. Fields offers zirconia and porcelain crowns that are carefully color-matched to blend seamlessly with natural teeth.
Dealing with dentures that don’t fit properly can really put a damper on daily living. Dr. Fields lets you choose the best solution to fit your needs. He can fabricate a set of traditional prosthetic dentures or assist with completion of a complete a set of implant-supported dentures—and the option you choose will be custom-fit to your mouth and natural bite for optimal comfort and durability.
As with dentures, Dr. Fields can accommodate your needs with different solutions for dental bridges and partials. He can fabricate a more “old-school” removable bridge, anchor a permanent bridge that does not include implants, or assist with completion of a dental bridge that will be anchored to your jaw with titanium implants by one of his trusted colleagues.
A persistent toothache, especially one accompanied by pain or swelling, could be the sign of a tooth infection that will require a root canal. Dr. Fields makes a tiny access hole in the tooth to remove the infection, sterilizes and fills the access point to prevent further infection, and finishes the tooth with a beautiful color-matched crown to boost the strength of your tooth.
Dental implants are the industry standard for permanent tooth replacement—they can support one tooth, multiple teeth, or a whole new set. Once your implant or implants have been placed by a specialist and sufficiently healed, Dr. Fields can finish your single implant, bridge, or full set of dentures to complete and secure your smile for life. (Dr. Fields is currently expanding his education to include implant placement, so complete implant services will be available in our Cabot office soon!)
Full Mouth Reconstruction is a combination of any restorative or cosmetic dental treatment Dr. Fields might offer—in other words, a comprehensive treatment plan that’s customized just for you. If you suffer from teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism) like many of us do, your teeth are being worn down and chipped night after night, year after year. We would be happy to rebuild your smile to help you undo the damage. If this piques your interest, don’t be afraid to ask us for more details!
If you’d like to know more about treatment options with your Cabot restorative dentist, Dr. Patrick Fields, call or schedule an appointment online today!