Restorative dental treatments aim to repair and enhance broken or damaged teeth so that patients can get back to exceptional oral health. Cavity fillings, crowns, dental bridges and dentures all restore your smile’s beauty and function, so you can smile happily. Schedule an appointment today at West Allen Dental.
Dental issues can become more severe and costly the longer you leave them untreated.
The best way to treat and fill cavities in decayed teeth are with dental fillings. Using special dental tools, your dentist will remove damage and decay. This will be followed with a tooth-colored dental resin to restore the shape and structure of your tooth. If you have a cavity, timely intervention with a filling is essential. If your cavity is left untreated for too long, you may require a dental crown and/or root canal therapy.
Created by a dental technician at an outside dental lab, lab-made crowns restore damaged teeth by covering the entire tooth down to the gum line. First, your dentist will trim your tooth to remove damaged material. Then the tooth will be shaped into a strong, sturdy platform to which the crown will eventually be attached.
After shaping, impressions are taken of the tooth using dental trays and putty or a digital intraoral scanner. These casts are then shipped to the dental lab where your crown will be made from a high-quality ceramic or porcelain material.
After your tooth has been prepared and impressions have been taken, you will receive a temporary crown during your first appointment. Once your dental crown is complete, you’ll stop by for your second appointment so that your dentist can permanently attach the new crown to your tooth.
A dental bridge uses two dental crowns to suspend a pontic, or false tooth, in the gap where a natural tooth has been lost. A dental bridge can prevent your other teeth from shifting over time and last for years.
One of the best ways to treat an infected tooth is through root canal therapy. When the vulnerable pulp inside the tooth and root canals is exposed to oral bacteria, teeth become infected. This can happen if you accidentally crack your tooth or if you have extensive tooth decay.
To begin the procedure, your dentist will numb your mouth. By drilling a hole in the tooth, your dentist can access and remove any decayed material from the interior of your tooth all the way down to the roots. After your roots are thoroughly cleaned, they will be filled with an inert material to maintain the structure and integrity of the tooth. You’ll be given either a dental filling or a dental crown that will protect and restore your tooth to complete the procedure.
To replace one or multiple missing teeth, partial dentures use false teeth attached to an acrylic base or a combination of plastic and metal framework that clip directly onto your remaining healthy teeth. This appliance can restore your smile, your bite and your self-confidence. They are a convenient and affordable way to get your smile back.
Full dentures are used to replace the upper arch, lower arch or both arches of your teeth and fit snugly on the gums. This restorative appliance is a strong option if you struggle with more serious dental health issues or have lost most or all of your natural teeth. You must have any remaining teeth extracted in order to have a full set of dentures fitted.
When replacing missing teeth, oral surgeries are necessary in the restorative process, particularly when placing dental implants. Planning, oral surgery and healing time are required for the dental implant, so that the titanium implants and bone can fully fuse together to create your artificial tooth root.
Patients who have weakened jaw bones or loss of jaw mass may be candidates for bone grafts. When teeth are lost prematurely and not replaced in a timely manner, bone mass can be lost. Bone grafts support bone mass so patient’s jaws can properly maintain dental implants.
Treatments such as full dentures or full arch dental implants may require extractions. For patients who are in need of a full arch of artificial teeth, the extraction of all remaining natural teeth, both healthy and unhealthy will be necessary.
3 million Americans wear dental implants to replace missing teeth.
Restorative dentistry can restore the form and function of damaged and missing teeth. Untreated cavities, severe decay and gum disease can cause tooth damage and loss. Issues can also happen due to an oral trauma accident, like a sports injury or a slip and fall.
By following through with necessary restorative dental treatment, patients can avoid future complications and more costly treatment options. More serious dental issues can progress if damaged or missing teeth are left untreated. By getting the care you need right away, you can save time and money in the long run. You’ll also enjoy lasting relief from pain and discomfort, all while regaining your natural functionality. Plus, restorative dental treatment significantly improves the appearance of your smile. You can have a pleasing, natural grin and a boost of confidence by restoring your missing or damaged teeth.
If you are experiencing any dental health issue that causes serious pain, oral discomfort or bleeding, you may require emergency restorative treatment. Damaged or broken teeth, severe and prolonged toothaches and pulled-out or lost dental work all constitute for dental emergencies. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so contact your dentist to get emergency treatment right away.
Most insurances will cover restorative treatment, but the extent of your coverage will vary depending on your insurer. For example, your dental insurance provider may cover dental crowns and bridges, but may not offer coverage for dental implants. We suggest getting in contact with your insurance provider to fully understand your coverage.
About a quarter of American adults are missing all teeth. With restorative care options, tooth loss can be prevented.