Restoring a Smile with Restorative Dentistry Treatment
Despite our best attempts to preserve the health and condition of our teeth for as long as possible, over time it is perfectly natural for damage and decay to occur. When this happens, patients need restorative dentistry treatment to address the problems affecting the health and function of their teeth and to make their smile look and feel even better than before.
Here are some of the most popular and effective ways to restore your smile with restorative dentistry treatments.
Fillings are normally the first line of treatment used to cover and protect teeth that have been affected by decay. Once the decay is removed, the soft filling material is pushed into the space to ensure that bacteria cannot get back inside. In the past, fillings were made from metal amalgam that was dark in color and could look unsightly if seen. However, it is now possible to get tooth-colored fillings which are far more discreet and will not affect the appearance of your smile.
Inlays and Onlays
If you’ve experienced decay that is too extensive for a regular tooth-colored cavity filling, your dentist may choose to restore your smile with inlays or onlays instead. These are similar to cavity fillings, but instead of being molded to the teeth, they are designed specifically for the tooth that they are to cover. They are also larger than cavity fillings, with inlays covering the entire chewing surface of a molar while onlays are bigger still, also encompassing the cusps (points) of the teeth. This means that they not only cover areas of decay, but they can also cover areas of structural damage. Again, they can be made from porcelain which makes them ultra-discreet and a perfect way to restore your smile.
Crowns are fairly common restorative dental treatments, but modern porcelain crowns are also very natural in appearance, enabling patients to restore the beauty as well as the function of their smile. Crowns sit over the top of teeth that have been damaged or decayed, protecting them from further problems and returning the strength of the tooth so that you can bite and chew without compromise. Each crown is custom-designed for the tooth that it is to cover and glazed in the perfect shade to match surrounding teeth, affording you total discretion in your smile restoration.
Dental implants are one of the newest and most effective ways of replacing teeth that have been lost or fallen out due to damage or decay. Unlike other tooth replacement solutions, implants are secured directly to the jawbone rather than relying on neighboring teeth for support. This surgical process uses a titanium implant post as the anchor for the visible part of the restoration – which could be a crown, bridge or even dentures. Single implant posts can be used to secure a crown, whereas bridges require two implant posts. Dentures are typically supported on four or more implant posts, but your dentist will be able to give you more accurate information based on your individual needs.
Whether you are having a crown, bridge or dentures, these are custom-designed specifically for you to ensure that they closely resemble your other teeth, keeping the restoration discreet and your newly restored smile looking completely natural. Dental implants are also one of the most durable restorations available, and with proper care and attention, they could last upwards of 20 years.
To find out more about restorative dentistry treatments, or to schedule a consultation, don’t hesitate to contact our expert dentistry team today by calling our dental office.