Restorative DentistryStrong teeth are an important part of maintaining overall good oral health. With that said, there are a number of things that could go wrong and eventually necessitate that you undergo various procedures designed to help limit damage done by decay or injury and preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible. Unfortunately, these procedures do not always leave your teeth looking their best, which can be a major issue when it comes to maintaining a natural as well as functional smile. Fortunately, at Beautiful Smiles we do our very best to offer the highest quality restorative dentistry services available.
What is restorative dentistry?
There are many different kinds of dentistry out there. Some of them are designed to produce the best appearance of your teeth as possible, while still others are focused solely on giving you the healthiest teeth possible. Restorative dentistry is focused on a union between these two extremes. When you have treatments done, or have undergone traumatic injury, you might be left with teeth that do not function as well as you are accustomed to them working. They might also look uneven and unnatural, which can have a big negative impact on your self-esteem. To help counter these issues and create a smile that restores both function and form to your teeth, restorative dentistry is born.
Why might I need restorative dentistry?
Sometimes accidents happen, even to the most cautious of us. When they do happen, you could find yourself with serious injury to your teeth. Whether from a car accident, a sports accident, or some other kind of accident, traumatic injury can significantly impact the health and appearance of your teeth. A cracked or chipped tooth, for example, might appear jagged and look awful in addition to being overall weakened. When this kind of accident happens, it is time to call us to discuss your restorative options.
For a cracked or chipped tooth, for example, we might take some time to take a look at the internal injuries of the tooth, and then fix the overt issue. Once that has been done, it is time to consider what kind of restorative option is best. You might want to have a porcelain veneer or perhaps a crown placed over the tooth, for example, to preserve its appearance and strengthen it. For more affordable options, we might look into fixing the area with composite resin that is then molded and shaved to fit both the appearance of your natural teeth as well as to work well with your bite.
How long do restorative results last?
In order to estimate how long your restorations might last, it is important to take into account how well you take care of your teeth. If you spend plenty of time cleaning them, for example, then you can probably plan on them lasting for over a decade.
When a tooth is affected by bacterial decay we will remove the decay and place a filling. Composite resin is the same color as your teeth and able to last a long time.
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When you are missing some or all of your teeth, partial and full dentures offer a great tooth replacement option.
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Dental bridges offer a permanent tooth replacement option that fills the void left behind when a tooth goes missing. Bridges replace teeth in both form and function.
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When a tooth has suffered significant structural damage, we are often able to save it with a dental crown. A crown sits on top of your tooth and allows you to eat and speak as you normally would.
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Using the same composite resin that we use to produce tooth colored fillings we can fix structural and aesthetic issues in your teeth with composite bonding. Make chips and cracks disappear in no time at all with composite bonding.
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Root Canal Therapy
When a tooth suffers extreme decay we can sometimes same it by performing a root canal on it. This procedure save our patients tons of time and money that would otherwise need to be spent replacing a tooth by allowing them to keep their natural tooth.
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Crown lengthening (AKA: "crown-elongation" or "crown-extension") is a surgical procedure that is done when the tooth is too short to provide adequate retention for a restoration (usually a crown).
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When a tooth has reached the end of its useful life, we will often recommend removing it with an extraction.
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To find out more information about tooth restorations and how restorative dentistry can help restore the natural appearance and function of your smile, give us a call today at (530) 206-9211!