Have you lost confidence in your smile? Do you feel like your smile could use some improvements? Whether you need a filling, a crown, or even new teeth, there is hope. With restorative dentistry, you can get your smile back.
What is Restorative Dentistry?
Restorative dentistry is a specialized part of general dentistry for restoring teeth. This may include applying fillings, bonding teeth, creating crowns and bridges, or building dentures. Your smile says a lot about you. Make sure it says the best things with healthy teeth.
Bonding & Filling
Dental bonding uses a special adhesive to join a tooth with a piece that has broken off. This is generally a low cost repair, but it’s mostly cosmetic and won’t be very durable. As a result, it is best to use bonding on front teeth. The material used for dental bonding can also be color matched to your teeth, giving a natural appearance.
Fillings are one of the most well known dental procedures. In fact, over 80% of adults in the US have at least one filling, while the average adult has as many as seven. Fillings are also somewhat inexpensive, provided you opt for metal fillings. Metal fillings are very durable, but also noticeable. They work best for back teeth. Front teeth benefit more from composite fillings. These fillings look natural, but are not as strong.
Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns, also known as caps, replace the upper and outer portion of a damaged tooth. The damage comes from decay or accidental trauma, and weakens the tooth. Some cavities are also too large for a filling to handle, and a crown must repair it. Crowns, like fillings, consist of metal and composite varieties. Composite crowns work best for front teeth with their natural appearance, while metal crowns are better for the heavy force of back teeth.
Dental bridges replace one or two lost teeth with a false tooth suspended between two crowns. The crowns support the metal framework bridge as anchor points, and the false tooth restores the look and function of the lost tooth. Depending on the patient’s preferences and the location of the lost tooth, bridges may be metal or porcelain.
When a lot of teeth are missing, dentures are a cost effective way to replace all of the lost teeth at once. Dentures can be partial or complete. A partial denture replaces two or more teeth, while complete dentures replace all of them. In restorative dentistry, your Houston dentist seeks to preserve as many teeth as possible. For this reason, they will not advocate removing a tooth unless absolutely necessary. Both partial and complete denture designs allow for removal. Remove and clean dentures every day to preserve the false teeth.