Revitalize Your Smile with Restorative Dentistry

Restorative Dentistry General - Missing Tooth

A healthy, vibrant smile is not only nice to look at, but also essential for good oral function and overall well-being. Factors like tooth decay, trauma, or aging can compromise our teeth and lead to issues not just with how your smile looks but how your teeth work.

Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a range of restorative treatments that can rejuvenate and revitalize your smile. In this guide, we’ll explore various restorative options, including fillings, crowns, bridges, and dentures. We will talk about each procedure and how they contribute to having good dental function.

Fillings: Restoring Strength and Structure

When decay or damage affects a tooth, a dental filling may be necessary to restore its strength and structure. Dental fillings are typically made from materials like amalgam, composite resin, or porcelain, and the choice of material depends on factors like the location of the tooth, the extent of the damage, and aesthetic preferences.

The procedure for placing a filling involves removing the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth, cleaning the affected area, and filling the cavity with the chosen material. With advancements in dental technology, fillings can now be color-matched to blend seamlessly with the natural tooth, providing a durable and aesthetically pleasing restoration.

Crowns: Reinforcing and Protecting

When a tooth is extensively damaged or weakened, a dental crown may be recommended to reinforce and protect it from further deterioration. Crowns, also known as caps, are custom-made restorations that encase the entire visible portion of the tooth above the gumline.

The process of getting a dental crown typically involves preparing the tooth by removing any decay or damaged tissue, reshaping it to accommodate the crown, and taking impressions to create a precise fit. Temporary crowns may be placed while the permanent crown is made. Once ready, the permanent crown is cemented into place, restoring strength and function.

Dental Bridges: Filling the Gap

When one or more adjacent teeth are missing, a dental bridge can be used to fill the gap and restore both function and appearance. Bridges consist of one or more artificial teeth anchored in place by crowns affixed to the neighboring teeth or dental implants.

The procedure for getting a dental bridge involves preparing the adjacent teeth to serve as abutments for the crowns, taking impressions of the area, and fabricating a custom bridge to fit securely and comfortably. Once the bridge is ready, it is permanently cemented into place, effectively “bridging” the gap and restoring the ability to bite, chew, and speak properly.

Many patients get bridges and crowns together.  You can see their transformations for crown and bridges.

Restorative Dentistry - Dentist holding Dentures

Dentures: Rebuilding Your Smile

For patients missing multiple teeth or entire arches, dentures offer a removable solution that restores both the function and looks. Dentures are custom-made appliances designed to replace missing teeth. They also provide support for facial muscles and help with speech and eating.

Getting dentures typically involves several appointments, during which impressions, measurements, and bite registrations are taken to ensure a precise fit and natural appearance. Once the dentures are made, the dentist will make adjustments to achieve optimal comfort and function. With proper care and maintenance, dentures can be worn for years.  You can see some of our patients who have gotten dentures.

Implants: Preventing Bone Loss

Dental implants are the most advanced option available for patients who have one or more missing teeth. One big advantage of getting a dental implant is that it helps to prevent bone loss.

When teeth are missing, the underlying jawbone can begin to deteriorate over time due to lack of stimulation. Dental implants provide the necessary stimulation to the jawbone to prevent bone loss and maintain the natural contours of the face.  They can also help to support other teeth and prevent them from drifting due to lack of support on your dental bite.

Unlike removable dentures, dental implants are securely anchored in the jawbone, providing stability and preventing slippage. This stability gives individuals the confidence to smile freely without worrying about their teeth shifting or coming loose.

Cleveland Smile Center offers several types of implants. You can see our patients implant results in our Smile Gallery or read more about implants in our Dental Implants 101 article.

Restorative dentistry offers a range of treatments to address common dental issues and restore both function and aesthetics to your smile. Whether you require a filling, crown, bridge, or denture, these restorative options can help rejuvenate your smile and improve your overall oral health and well-being. By understanding the procedures, care, and benefits of each treatment, you can make informed decisions about your dental care and enjoy a confident, healthy smile for years to come.

Are you missing teeth and interested in a restorative procedure?  Contact Cleveland Smile Center for a consultation.

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