Dental restoration includes the many ways our expert dentist can repair or replace missing or damaged parts of your tooth’s structure. There are several ways tooth structure can be damaged, including decay, chips, cracks and the deterioration of a previous restoration. The most common reason to consider dental restoration is for good oral as well as overall health. If decay, fractures and gaps between teeth remain for months or years, several things may happen. Your teeth may start to shift position, becoming crowded in one area and leaving gaps in another area. The decay can gradually go to the root of the tooth and into the jawbone, which may also lead to heart disease, stroke and some kinds of cancer.
Some of the most common dental restoration procedures are:
- Fillings – This is the most common procedure done by dentists. A decayed tooth will be prepared by removing the decay and cleaning the cavity. The cavity is then filled with a special material that matches the color of the tooth.
- Crowns – This is a false tooth that is placed on a healthy root or on an artificial root. Often called caps, crowns have the shape, size and appearance of normal teeth and may also be used to hold a bridge in place.
- Bridges – These are often used to fill gaps between teeth. Bridges can be permanent if they are anchored on either side by crowns, or they can be removable if they simply snap in place.
- Dentures – Often called false teeth, these may be complete dentures that replace all of the teeth or partial dentures that have a metal clasp that attaches them to the remaining natural teeth.
- Implants – These are considered the standard for filling gaps between teeth. When a gap remains for a long period, the bone begins to deteriorate. This can cause the other teeth to shift as well as the facial muscles to sag. Implants have a titanium post that is implanted into the jawbone. Over time, the bone grows around the post just as if it were a natural root. A crown is then attached to the post. Implants look, feel and function like natural teeth and help maintain oral health by preserving the jawbone.
It is very important to maintain oral health. Whatever problems you have will only become worse if you do not get to a dentist and have them fixed. Make an appointment at the office of Dr. Michael Sohl in Stuart to learn more about our dental restoration procedures.