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5 Ways Restorative Dentistry Can Save Your Smile

5 Ways Restorative Dentistry Can Save Your Smile

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5 Ways Restorative Dentistry Can Save Your Smile

The goal of restorative dentistry is to protect your oral health by replacing missing teeth and helping you keep the natural teeth you have left. If you aren’t satisfied with how your smile looks, it’s time to schedule an appointment with our Holland dentist at Macatawa Smiles.

Continue reading to learn the 5 ways restorative dentistry can save your smile.


Restorative dentistry includes:

  • Fillings
  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Dentures
  • Implants


A dental filling is used to restore your tooth after a cavity has been removed. If your dentist discovers a cavity during your next appointment, they will need to drill the decayed tooth matter and fill the hole with composite resin. Many of our patients appreciate that composite fillings match the color of their natural tooth enamel. This is why white fillings are typically recommended for teeth that show when you smile or talk.


Dental crowns (also called “tooth caps” by some of our patients) cover the entire visible portion of your tooth above the gum line. Keep in mind that your dentist will need to remove enough tooth enamel to make room for the crown. Afterward, your dentist will need to take impressions of your teeth to send to the lab. In a few weeks, the dental lab will have created your tooth crown.

If you don’t want to wait, we also offer CEREC same-day crowns. We can plan and place your new CEREC crown in one appointment! This saves you time and the hassle of needing a temporary crown while you wait for the permanent one.

Your dentist may recommend you get a crown for a tooth made fragile after a large filling or root canal. You may even want to consider a dental crown to cover a significantly discolored tooth.


As the name suggests, a dental bridge is used to bridge the gap left by a missing tooth. To be a candidate for a tooth bridge, you need to have healthy teeth or dental implants on both sides of the gap. The dental bridge restoration is comprised of a false tooth, anchored by crowns on both sides. The dental crowns cap the teeth on both sides of the gap, which help hold the artificial tooth in place.


If you have recently lost several teeth, you may want to consider getting full or partial dentures. Many of our patients report having a better quality of life after getting fitted for lower and/or upper dentures. Not only do dentures help you eat a more balanced diet, but they can also give you more confidence when you smile or talk. While dentures take some getting used to, they restore your smile after significant tooth loss.


If you have recently lost a tooth, you may want to ask your dentist about getting a single tooth implant. A dental implant is a titanium rod screwed into your jawbone that acts much like a natural tooth root would to later support an abutment and crown. Over the course of several months, the implant will fuse to your jawbone in a process called osseointegration. Afterward, your dentist will place an abutment and dental crown over the implant to give you the look and feel of a natural tooth.

Learn More About Restorative Dentistry!

Dr. Brenton Habecker at Macatawa Smiles is dedicated to helping patients achieve their best smiles by offering restorative dentistry services. To schedule an appointment with our dentist in Holland, MI, call our office at (616) 396-7524.

This blog post has been updated.


Dear Patient Family,

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for all of us. Many of you have been forced to wait for dental care and we appreciate your understanding while we kept our office closed to follow orders from the Governor's Office.

We are happy to say that we are opening our office for all patient treatment on June 1st, 2020. Our hours of operation will go back to normal, Monday-Thursday 8am - 5pm. We want you to know that there will be some changes at your next appointment. Please be patient with us as our protocols will inevitably change as new guidelines are released.

  • We ask that you use our parking lot as the waiting room.
  • Please wear a mask when you come into the office and leave it on until entering the treatment room. Homemade is acceptable.
  • Only the person receiving treatment should come in the building, all others will be asked to wait in the car if at all possible. The exception will be for our minor patients who may have one parent accompany them.
  • We will be asking you some questions when you arrive at the office and we will also be taking your temperature.
  • We will not be able to offer magazines, drinks, or toys at this time as they cannot be disinfected to our standards. Eventually this will change and we will be happy to offer our amenities once again.

These changes have been made to adhere to the latest CDC guidelines and for the benefit of our patients and our staff. We want you to know that our office has always taken the safety of our patients very seriously and that we will continue to follow the highest levels of sterilization and disinfection to keep you protected. If you would like more information on what measures we have taken we would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

We cannot say how excited we are to see all of our patients again and to provide for their dental needs. We look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces soon!

Dr. Habecker and Team