Restorative Dentistry: How a Dentist can Fix Missing and Damaged Teeth for a Better Smile

Time and disease can have negative effects on your teeth, gums, and overall self-esteem. Fortunately, restorative dentistry exists. This field offers methods that improve the aesthetics and efficiency of gums and teeth. Patients then have the opportunity to smile with confidence and perform functions like eating and talking normally.

If your teeth are structurally damaged or there are teeth missing from your mouth, you may be a good candidate for the following restorative dental procedures.

Life-Changing Restorative Options You can Have Performed by a Dentist

Crowns

Crowns are tooth-shaped caps cemented into place that fully cover damaged teeth. They are used to protect weak teeth, restore already broken teeth, and hold dental bridges in place.

Today, there are several types you can choose from that include stainless steel, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all-resin, and all-ceramic. All-resin crowns are one of the most affordable options and are simple to install. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns can be used to match adjacent teeth for a seamless look.

Whatever type of crown you get, it’s critical to avoid eating sticky foods. They could, after all, grab the cemented crown and pull it off as you chew. Hard foods should also be avoided, especially if you have fragile crowns like porcelain because this material may chip. Avoid chewing ice at all costs because the extreme temperature changes in your mouth greatly increase the risk of fracture of the crowns.

Bridges

For several missing teeth, dental bridges, as their name implies, can be used to bridge the gap. Then, you’ll have a complete smile again. Bridges also restore your ability to eat and talk normally and prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position. There are three main types of dental bridges: cantilever bridge, traditional bridge, and Maryland bonded bridge.

Traditional bridges are used most often and usually feature a porcelain or ceramic material. The process entails creating a crown for the tooth on either side of the missing tooth. Cantilever bridges are like traditional bridges, only the pontic is supported by an abutment on only one side.

Lastly, Maryland bridges are usually made out of porcelain and feature two wings on the side that anchor the bridge in place. Talk with your dentist to see which bridge option is right for your missing teeth.

Dentures

If you’ve experienced significant tooth loss, then getting dentures may be your best restorative option. They are held in place by gum tissue and the jaw bone, as well as special adhesives in some special circumstances.

Dentures are removable and give you a set of fully functional teeth that look authentic. In the past, issues of comfort used to be a problem with dentures. With advancements in technology, however, newer and more comfortable materials are being used to ensure a relaxed fit.

Two of the most common forms are partial and complete dentures. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. This gives you a complete smile and prevents adjacent teeth from moving. Conversely, complete dentures are made after all of your teeth are removed.

Before denture construction can begin, it’s recommended that your gums heal for at least six months so that your dentures don’t have to be realigned or recreated. During this time, you’ll feel slight pain and sensitivity. This is perfectly normal, but you can use numbing agents as recommended by your dentist.

Once dentures are placed in your mouth, you need to take proper care of them. Take them out and rinse them after every meal and soak them overnight. You wouldn’t want food stuck in them the next day, after all.

If you’re worried about the function or appearance of your teeth, talk to a dentist today. They’ll help you see which restorative options suit your dental needs so you can smile with confidence again.

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Sources:

Information about complete dentures, dentistry.uiowa.edu

Five Tips for Getting Used to Dentures, colgate.com