Restorative dentistry allows your dentist to replace teeth that are damaged beyond repair or missing entirely. While it’s always ideal to preserve your natural teeth, it might not be possible for you because of traumatic injuries, disease, decay, or the natural aging process.
The team at Smile Dental plans and executes restorative dental procedures with care to give you the best possible cosmetic result and prevent future complications. They craft restorations that look natural and remarkably similar to your original teeth.
By replacing missing or heavily damaged teeth, you can better maintain your oral health with habits like thorough brushing and flossing. If your restorations require additional care outside of your everyday routine, the team at Smile Dental teaches you how to care for them.
Dental crowns are caps designed to look like natural teeth. After preparing a damaged tooth by reducing its enamel, your dentist adheres the crown to your tooth to protect it and restore its function. You can also attach a crown to an implant or use one to cover a tooth after a root canal.
Several types of dental bridges can be used to replace missing teeth. Each bridge contains one or more false teeth called pontics and one or two crowns to hold the pontics in place. Another type of bridge, called a Maryland bridge, uses a metal or porcelain framework instead of crowns for support.
Dental implants are titanium posts that fit into your jawbone. Through a process called osseointegration, your bone grows around the implant. The implant supports a crown, bridge, or denture.
Dentures are removable appliances that replace several or all of your teeth. Partial dentures replace many teeth, and complete dentures replace all the teeth in your upper or lower arch. They also include pink artificial gums that help them look more natural. Some latch onto implants for better stability.
Restorative dentistry requires extensive planning so that your device fits perfectly, functions well, and lasts for a long time. You must attend a consultation at Smile Dental to get crowns, bridges, implants, or dentures.
After the team evaluates you and asks about your own goals, they choose an appropriate treatment. To make your restoration, they take images of your teeth and jaw. This step might include digital X-rays, 3D cone beam imaging, and other technologically advanced procedures.
Restorative dentistry lets you enjoy a fully functional and remarkable-looking smile even after you’ve lost teeth to injury, disease, or aging. To schedule your consultation, call Smile Dental, or book online today.