Restorative dentistry refers to procedures that preserve and restore the health of your smile. This includes repairing damage caused by decay, disease, or injury. In addition, it may include replacing lost teeth with prosthetics to prevent further damage and improve quality of life. Our dentist in Prosper, TX, offers advanced restorative options to help you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile.
Types of Restorative Dentistry Treatments
To repair cavities and minor damage, our dentist may suggest fillings. Our dentist will remove any decay from the tooth and then fill the area with composite resin or amalgam. This will restore the tooth to its original shape and function. In addition to restoring appearance and function, fillings help prevent further decay by closing off spaces where bacteria can enter.
Fillings are generally used on the front teeth but can be used on any other teeth. Composite resin fillings can be color-matched to a patient’s teeth for a completely natural look.
Crowns, also known as caps, are a versatile restorative dentistry treatment. They can be used to cover a tooth after a cavity has been filled or to protect a weak tooth from breaking. They can also be used to give you a complete smile makeover. Your dentist can help you decide if dental crowns are right for you and your smile.
A crown is a custom-made restoration that covers the entire visible portion of your tooth above the gum line. It’s very strong and can last for many years with proper care. Oftentimes, a crown is needed for a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy. This can help prevent breakage and further damage to the tooth.
Sometimes called fixed partial dentures, dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth by bridging the gap between two healthy teeth. The tooth or teeth on both sides of the gap are crowned to support the artificial tooth or teeth in between that fills in the gap and restores your bite. This restoration will not only improve the appearance of your smile but will also help support the function of your teeth. A properly placed dental bridge will also prevent other teeth from shifting into the vacant area.
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants are one of the most reliable and effective methods. In fact, they have one of the highest success rates of any dental treatment. Once they’re placed by a dentist, they can provide a lifetime of benefits.
The implant itself is a small titanium post that is placed into the jawbone where the missing tooth was. A recovery period is generally required to allow the bone to fuse with the implant; but once the implant is healed, it’s permanently in place and provides a solid foundation for a replacement tooth to be placed on top.
A denture is a prosthetic device used to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile. There are two main types of dentures available: partial dentures and full dentures.
Partial dentures are used when the patient still has some healthy teeth remaining. The removable devices are secured in place using metal clasps or precision attachments. Full dentures are used when all the teeth are missing on the upper and/or lower jaw. These restorations fit snuggly on the gums and may require a few adjustments to get the perfect fit.
To learn more about our restorative dentistry in Prosper, TX, or to schedule a consultation with us, call Ross Dental Studio at (214) 225-2358 or visit us at 2111 E. University Dr. Ste. 20, Prosper, TX 75078. We’re always happy to answer your questions.