Restorative Dentistry Services
Restorative dental procedures are performed on teeth that have been damaged to repair their aesthetics and function. Teeth can become damaged because of decay, traumatic dental injury, or they may require fixing because of a cosmetic concern like discoloration.
At Woodson’s Reserve Dental, we provide natural-looking restorations that will not only restore the beauty and health of your smile but increase your confidence too. Below are some of the restorative procedures that Dr. Naomi Dalton and the team here can do for you.
About Restorative Dentistry Services
The most common restorative procedure, fillings are performed on teeth that are decayed to prevent further disease progression and unwanted consequences such as pain. After the removal of decay, the placement of a tooth-colored filling (composite) will allow your tooth to look and function like a normal tooth.
Root canals are required when a cavity is so deep that it encroaches on the nerve of the tooth (often resulting in pain) and so a filling will not be able to properly restore that tooth. When a root canal is performed, the nerve of the tooth is removed and the root is filled with a biocompatible filling material (gutta percha) so that the tooth remains intact, but unable to react to stimuli.
Often done on root canal treated-teeth to increase strength (make it more resistant to fracture) or where there is a cosmetic concern (extensive decay or damage), a crown can be placed over a tooth to restore its aesthetics and function. As with fillings, crowns are made with materials that match the natural teeth.
A dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth or several missing teeth, anchored in place by crowns on existing natural teeth on either side of the space or by dental implants.
Where decay is too extensive or a tooth is too severely damaged, an extraction will be necessary. A missing tooth can present a big problem, not just aesthetically (especially if it is an anterior tooth) but functionally as well. Dental implants are the best tooth-replacement option as they look and function most like a natural tooth. Consisting of a biocompatible titanium screw that is placed in the jaw, this screw acts like the root of a natural tooth and forms a strong anchor (by fusing with the jaw) for the crown that is placed over it. Dental implants can also be used to stabilize bridges or dentures.
Dentures are used to replace multiple missing teeth so that you can eat, talk, and smile with confidence. Natural-looking removable partial (where there are several missing adjacent teeth) or complete (where all teeth are missing) dentures are an affordable option for anyone looking to restore the normal appearance and function of their teeth. However, there are also implant-supported (“snap-on” dentures) now available for those willing to spend more.
Now that you are familiar with a few of the procedures available, don’t let anything stand in your way, contact Woodson’s Reserve Dental today and get started on the smile of your dreams!