Restorative treatment is usually recommended by your dentist if you have missing teeth, or if specific parts of your natural teeth are missing and require repair.
Examples of this include tooth structure that is missing due to:
fracture or damage
the deterioration of an existing repair
Restorations come in a variety of different forms and will vary depending on the extent of the restoration required.
Some of the restorations available include the following:
Fillings are the simplest and most commonly used variety of dental restoration. They are created from gold, silver amalgam or tooth-colored composite resin and can be put into your tooth in just one visit.
Crowns are also a very popular variety of restoration that take the form of a tooth-shaped cap and are designed and colored to match your existing teeth as closely as possible. They are used in situations where a tooth is cracked, heavily restored, or already broken to protect what tooth structure remains, and restore the tooth to a more natural, better functioning shape. Crowns can also sit over an implant to take the place of a missing tooth or to hold a bridge in place, and restore the strength, appearance, shape, and size of your teeth so well that they are virtually imperceptible once in place.
Dental implants are very popular as they are an extremely robust solution to missing, damaged or unsightly teeth.
Dental implants consist of multiple components – an anchor is first inserted into the jawbone, then after a period of healing, that anchor is used to fixate teeth. It can be used to replace one tooth, or multiple implants can be used to stabilize anywhere from 2 teeth, to an entire arch. They are the closest thing we can do to replicate a natural tooth when one is missing or needs to be extracted.
If you have one or more missing teeth, then your dentist may recommend a bridge as the best course of action. Dental bridges are made of either porcelain, metal, or a combination of both, and are fabricated to bridge any gaps left by missing teeth. They are anchored to natural teeth using crowns that are splinted to the false teeth and then cemented firmly into place.
Dentures are available as a complete set, which replaces all of your teeth on either the top or the bottom of your jaw, or a partial set which is usually recommended when you have some healthy natural teeth. Dentures are removable, which makes them less popular than implants as you have to take them out, and it is more difficult to eat certain foods.
A veneer is an ultra-thin molding of porcelain that is custom created for your tooth and bonded to the front surface of an affected tooth in order to improve its appearance. They are most commonly used to restore teeth that are chipped or misshapen, but they can also be used to completely change your smile!
At our office, we will go through a range of custom treatment options with you in order to find the best way to help you eat, laugh, and smile with confidence.