Dental Restoration – Help is On the Way
Believe it or not, tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body – even harder than bone! You might think that should make it almost indestructible, but if it were, there wouldn’t be any need for dentists.
Of course, proper brushing, flossing and periodic cleanings and exams in a dental office contribute to a healthy smile. But sometimes, even with the best dental care, you can experience tooth decay, cracked and chipped teeth or even missing teeth that affect the way you look and feel about yourself. And that’s where restorative dentistry comes in handy to correct you smile problem and give you your confidence back!
Restorative dentistry provides the perfect “fix” for those missing, decayed and damaged teeth and prevents them from becoming or affecting adjacent teeth. Restorations generally include:
- Crowns or “caps” that fit over existing teeth to replace missing or damaged tooth structures. They are commonly used after root canal therapy to strengthen a tooth and with an implant to replace a missing tooth.
- Inlays and Onlays that correct teeth that are too damaged for a filling and not damaged enough to require a crown. An inlay is placed between the cusps (points) on the top of a tooth; an onlay is placed over one or more cusps.
- A dental implant, which is used to replace a missing tooth. The implant consists of a titanium screw that attaches itself to the jawbone and a crown that is secured to the post of the implant.
- Partial dentures that replace several missing teeth and full dentures that replace all your teeth provide removable replacements that look and feel natural.
- Veneers, very thin covers that are placed on the fronts of teeth to cover and correct gaps, stains or chips.
Restorative dentistry is designed to fix the problem with your teeth, relieve pain and pressure and provide you with a natural fit that replaces one, several or all of your missing teeth. Don’t put off coming in because of fear. Dentistry has changed and we cater to cowards!