If your teeth were damaged from an accident, dental decay, or tooth loss, then it is a great time to learn more about restorative dentistry. These services are designed to restore your smile so that you are happy with the appearance of your teeth. It can be embarrassing to have missing teeth or other damaged areas of your mouth. In these situations, you can choose restorative dentistry services to repair your teeth and fill in the gaps in your smile.
Restorative dental care can be used for a single tooth or for multiple teeth. In some situations, restorative dentistry can be used to replace all of the teeth in the mouth. Your restorative dental care and treatment plan will be fully based on your individual needs. The best thing that you can do is talk with our restorative dentist at Reflection Dental to learn how you can regain confidence in your smile.
If a tooth is weakened because of tooth decay, cracks, or chips, then a dental crown might be needed to strengthen the tooth. Crowns are also often used if a tooth has been treated with a large filling, such as after a root canal because there isn’t a lot of tooth remaining after the treatment. The dental crown is beneficial to restore the tooth so that you have full function and a natural appearance to your smile.
Teeth crowns usually require two or three visits to complete the procedure. During the first visit, the tooth will be prepared, and then an impression is created using a putty or paste. That impression is sent to the dental lab where the tooth crown is created. You will have a temporary crown in your mouth while the permanent is being made, then you will return to the dental office when it is time to secure the permanent dental crown in your mouth.
When one or more teeth are missing, dental bridges can be used to restore the areas where the teeth are gone. With a fixed dental bridge, it is essential to have healthy teeth on either side to be the anchor that supports the bridge. The anchor teeth are capped with the dental appliance, and the bridge fits perfectly over the gap in the mouth to give you a natural smile.
If you are missing a tooth, then it is essential to talk with an experienced dentist about restoration options. Missing teeth can lead to other dental complications, such as shifting teeth, a misaligned bite, TMJ, additional tooth loss, and more. A tooth bridge is a good solution to prevent the remaining teeth from shifting around within your mouth.
A high-quality dental bridge can last for many years, especially if proper care is used. Regular oral hygiene is necessary to protect the gums and teeth around the tooth bridge.
Dentures are a popular treatment for restorative dentistry, mainly because they offer a fast, cost-effective way to replace missing teeth. Depending on the number of natural teeth that are in your mouth, you might need partial or full dentures. Partial dentures can be used to fill in smaller gaps, while complete dentures are needed to replace all of the teeth on one or both of the jaws.
If you already have healthy teeth in place, then the preferred treatment is usually partial dentures. It is important to protect the healthy teeth whenever possible. But, there are situations where it might make sense to use full dentures.
Dentures are cheaper than other dental restorations, such as implants. But, they require a bit more maintenance since they can be removed from the mouth. To learn more about the types of dentures that will be best for your mouth, including denture implants, contact our office to schedule a consultation.
If the nerve of the tooth is affected by an infection, then it is essential that root canal treatment is performed right away to repair the tooth. The nerve is located within the root, and an ongoing infection can result in serious pain, and it can even be harmful to your health. Just because a tooth is infected, doesn’t necessarily mean that it needs to be removed, as a root canal can save the tooth.
We use high-tech equipment to perform root canals, to improve the outcome of the treatment and ensure your comfort during the appointment. During root canal therapy, the inside area of the tooth will be removed so that the root can be thoroughly cleaned. Then, the root is sealed and filled in to keep it strong. Finally, the tooth is finished with a crown on top to create a beautiful, natural appearance for your smile.
If your jaw muscles are tight or sore, then you might be suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, also known as TMJ or TMD. There are a variety of symptoms that could indicate that you are suffering from this dental problem, such as clenching, grinding, headaches, facial pain, jaw pain, and more. Many times, a person suffers from these symptoms mostly at night, although there are some patients who have symptoms that continue throughout the day.
Do you think that you might be suffering from TMJ? It is important to talk with us about a night guard for TMD treatments because ongoing symptoms can result in damage to your teeth. With the right TMD therapy, it is possible to reduce the symptoms and protect your teeth. A protective night guard for teeth can be used while you are sleeping to prevent clenching and grinding during the night.
When a tooth needs to be repaired because of a cavity, chip, or break, then we like to use tooth-colored dental fillings to restore your smile. In the case of tooth decay, the decayed areas of the tooth are removed, and space is filled in with the composite material. White fillings are preferred because they look natural. The color can be matched to your teeth to allow the filling to blend in with the rest of your mouth.
One big benefit to using composite teeth fillings is that they can bond strongly with the structure of the tooth, including both enamel and the dentin areas of the tooth. The composite materials are hardened with a special light that sets the material. Usually, it is applied in layers to create a comfortable filling for the tooth. Finally, the dental filling is polished to improve the feel of the tooth and ensure that it fits naturally within your bite.