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Restorative Dentistry in Highland Illinois and Breese Illinois

Breese Dental Care and Highland Dental Care provide restorative dentistry for those living in and near Breese and Highland, Illinois to help our patients achieve the healthy and vibrant smile they’ve always wanted. Restorative dentistry is the focus of restoring your smile by focusing on the health and function of any tooth damage, tooth decay, or tooth loss that you may have. Our team of dental care professionals offers several treatment options to meet your individual needs of achieving healthy, beautiful teeth. Our restorative dental care treatment includes:

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Dental Crowns & Bridges

When you lose a tooth or it becomes damaged by cavities or cracks, Breese Dental Care and Highland Dental Care should be your first call for dental crowns and bridges that help restore or replace any damaged or missing teeth. Dental crowns and dental bridges are some of the most common treatments for damaged or missing teeth.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns, also referred to as caps, are a solution that helps restore the function and health of any damaged teeth caused by disease or decay. 

Crowns are completely customized in order to fit the smile of each patient and bond over your original tooth to help protect it from further damage. A dental crown is designed to be a long-term solution to help improve your oral health.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are a treatment when patients have missing teeth. Losing a tooth can cause your remaining teeth to shift and as a result, you develop a bad bite making it hard to chew and speak naturally. It is called a dental bridge because it “bridges” the gap of missing teeth in order to keep them in the correct position. The bridge is anchored with crowns on each side of the missing teeth.

Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are for treating teeth that are damaged with cavities or other minor damages. Dental fillings help strengthen the tooth and as a result, restore the function and overall appearance of your tooth. Breese Dental Care and Highland Dental Care recommend dental fillings for teeth that have been damaged by decay or have minor fractures and chips. Dental fillings help restore strength and the integrity of your tooth by replacing the tooth structure destroyed by the decay or damaged by fractures and chips.

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Dental inlays and onlays are some of the strongest and most lifelike dental restorations available. This type of restoration is a great option when you have lost too much tooth structure caused by decay to do a filling. After the tooth has been prepared, an impression is taken. The new restoration is milled chairside on the same day and no temporary is required. 

Root Canal Treatment

When you start experiencing chronic dental pain and tooth sensitivity, you may need a root canal. Breese Dental Care and Highland Dental Care provide root canal treatment which is designed to alleviate your tooth pain and save the tooth from further damage. Root canals are a kind of endodontic therapy that is often recommended when the tooth pulp and nerves get harmed or infected past the outer enamel layer. If you ignore this, the tooth is at risk of dying and may need to be extracted. To avoid all of this, our skilled dentists remove all infected or damaged tissue within the tooth, clean it, and fill it with a medicated substance. The tooth is restored with a crown to reduce the risk of fracture. 

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Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to erupt in your mouth and are the teeth least needed for good oral health. Most people have four wisdom teeth that usually erupt through the gums in their late teens or early twenties. Sometimes wisdom teeth remain trapped in the jawbone under the gums because there is insufficient room for them to erupt.

Wisdom teeth can cause gum disease, crowding or other damage to adjacent teeth, decay (due to the inability of your toothbrush to keep the area clean), and bone destroying cysts. Pain and swelling are the most common symptoms of problem wisdom teeth. 

Whether you have obvious symptoms or not, it is important to diagnose existing or potential problems caused by your wisdom teeth. Removal is often the wisest decision for your health and well-being.


With a quality dental care routine, your teeth can remain healthy for a lifetime. However, sometimes there are reasons beyond our control that may lead to a tooth dying or becoming infected which can result in tooth extraction.

There are a variety of reasons that Breese Dental Care and Highland Dental Care provide teeth extractions. Sometimes, it can be to remove a broken tooth that is irreparable, or it could be to prepare your mouth for restorative therapy. Additionally, our dentists may recommend removing a tooth to eliminate the potential crowding of teeth within your mouth that can potentially lead to other dental problems.

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Laser Therapy

Dr. Droege and Dr. Santel are both certified by the World Clinical Institute to use lasers. Waterlase Dentistry uses laser energy and a gentle spray of water to perform a wide range of dental procedures without the heat, vibration, and pressure associated with the dental drill. With many procedures, it is possible to use less anesthetic, and often no anesthetic at all. Laser light and a gentle spray of water typically cause little or no discomfort. If anesthetic was not needed, you can return to normal activities immediately.