Restorative dentistry refers to the restoration and preservation of teeth that are weakened or decayed, or otherwise damaged. This field of dentistry focuses on saving teeth and restoring oral function to as close to normal as possible. The procedures involved are designed to prevent further damage, promote healing, and restore oral health.
Common Restorative Procedures
- Dental crowns
A dental crown is a type of restoration used to strengthen and repair damaged teeth, but it can also be used to give teeth a more aesthetic appearance. They can be used for a variety of restorative needs, such as protecting a weak tooth from fracturing and restoring a tooth with a very large filling that can’t support another filling. Other uses for a crown include covering dental implants or discolored fillings. This is because the crown will cover the entire visible surface of the tooth above the gum line, giving it a natural look.
It is best to have a crown placed as soon as possible after a cavity is discovered to prevent it from worsening. If you have a cracked or broken tooth, you should seek treatment right away, so the damage does not worsen. Once the tooth has sustained damage, it can become more sensitive and even painful. Furthermore, if a crown is placed on a broken tooth, it may no longer fit properly in your mouth due to the shape of the patient’s tooth. This can result in discomfort or even pain when biting down on the tooth. Additionally, if the fractures extend to the root tissue of the tooth, it may lead to tooth loss. To prevent this from occurring, it is best to treat the tooth before the root becomes infected and causes the tooth to fall out.
- Dental bridges
A bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth in a row. It is secured to the surrounding teeth on each side with dental crowns. The crowns hold the replacement tooth or teeth in place, and the bridge fills in the gap between the remaining natural teeth. These restorations are custom-made to suit the individual patient’s mouth and color preferences. They are made from gold, metal, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Porcelain is the most popular option because it is the most natural looking and the strongest material available.
Our dentists can evaluate your mouth and determine whether you are a suitable candidate for this care. If you are a candidate for a bridge, we will discuss your treatment options with you in detail and help you select a treatment that best fits your needs. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have.
- Dental implants
Dental implants are the longest-lasting tooth replacement option in modern dentistry. They look and feel like your natural teeth and can last more than 25 years with proper care. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth.
An implant is a post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. The post functions as an artificial tooth root and is used to support a crown, bridge, or denture.
The benefits offered by dental implants are the following:
- Appearance - Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. No one will be able to tell the difference.
- Speech - With dental implants, you will be able to speak clearly and confidently.
- Comfort - Dental implants feel and function like your own teeth. There is no need for messy adhesives, and your teeth will never decay.
- Durability - With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
To learn more about our dental services or to schedule your consultation, call us at (970) 947-1717 or visit our dental office located at 120 Midland Avenue, Unit 230, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.