When your teeth are broken, damaged, decayed, loose or simply not there anymore, restorative dentistry is what you need. An experienced dentist can return your whole mouth and smile to good health and attractive appearance whether you have one bad tooth or many. If you think you have a tooth that is hopeless, read on to find out how saving it might be easier than you think.
The first step is to visit an experienced dentist for a consultation and exam. The dentist can then determine what work needs to be done.If you desire cosmetic improvements as well, you can ask for them to be included. You should remember that healthy teeth and attractive teeth go together, and fixing oral health issues usually results in your teeth looking better.
Restorative dentistry can include any dental treatments that repair, rebuild or replace teeth. Here are some of the procedures that could be included in a restorative plan.
Dental materials used
Cavities can be filled with traditional metal amalgam fillings or tooth-colored fillings. Also called white fillings, these fillings are made of resin materials that are the same materials used for dental crowns and cosmetic bonding. Dental crowns can be cosmetic, but they are also used to fully restore badly damaged or broken teeth.
Porcelain is the most realistic-looking material available for dental work, and is used for cosmetic veneers and sometimes for dentures. Though it costs more, porcelain is resistant to staining and reflects light beautifully. Composite resins are durable and have the advantage of lower cost and repairability should breakage occur.
Dental implants are full crowns or artificial teeth that are supported by metal posts that are implanted into your jaw. The posts are made of titanium, which is one of the strongest and most durable metals in existence.
Straightening your teeth with orthodontics can be a cross between a cosmetic and a health procedure. Crooked teeth or a bad bite can cause problems with your teeth like excessive wearing down of enamel when the teeth come in contact with each other. Gaps between teeth that are crooked can also cause oral hygiene problems. Straighter teeth are generally healthier teeth, and today there are many more options than ever before for getting your teeth straightened.
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If you have teeth that need repair or replacement, or if you would like to discuss your oral health and find out about your options, call us now to set up an appointment. No matter how bad you think your teeth are, you can have a beautiful and healthy smile with restorative dentistry.