Summer Of Smiles: Restorative DentistryFriday, June 10th, 2016
As far as children are concerned, summer is already here (no school!), and the official start of summer will be here in a matter of days.
Before you start making the rounds of cookouts, family reunions, and weddings, why not take a little time for yourself to reclaim your smile. Life happens, and your smile may not look as good as it once did.
You may have a chipped or broken tooth. Your teeth may be worn down from decades of use. You may even be missing one or more teeth.
If any of those issues sound like a concern for you, then now would be a great time to call Advanced Smile Arts to ask about our restorative options.
In our previous post, we discussed some common ways that cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile. Today, we will address ways our dentist, Dr. Fuesting, has helped many patients in and around Danville, IL, reclaim their former smiles.
What Is Restorative Dentistry?
If you have ever watched a home improvement show (not the 1990s sitcom), then you know what it means to restore a house.
Sometimes, the crew would renovate the entire house. Other times, they would focus their attention on one or two rooms.
Regardless of the kind of project, by the end of the show, the room or house would look as good or better than it did when it was brand new.
Restorative dentistry is the same idea except with teeth. In home and dental restoration, a skilled and experienced professional can help you take something old and make it like new again.
What Restorative Dentistry Can Do For You
Dental restorations may serve two purposes.
First, they can improve the appearance of your tooth or teeth. You could fairly say that this is a cosmetic benefit of restorative dental care.
Second, they restore the function of your teeth, which may be the most important reason to consider restorative dentistry.
Let’s look at some of the problems we could help you fix.
➤ Broken Or Chipped Teeth
Broken teeth are quite common. They can happen at any time and almost anywhere. If you are struck in the mouth with something (a baseball, for example), it can cause part of your tooth to come loose.
Some foods can create problems as well. If you bite into something hard, it may cause pieces of your teeth to break free. Then again, eating lots of hard and crunchy foods can wear down your teeth over time.
The solution for this problem will depend on the severity of your chip or the wear and tear on your teeth. If the damage is relatively small, then we may be able to fix it with dental bonding. This is the application of a composite resin to your teeth. This resin is white, so it can match the color of your teeth, and when it hardens, it will provide the same function as your all-natural teeth do.
For larger breaks or severely worn teeth, a dental crown may be a better option. Dental crowns are made by reshaping your tooth to an abutment and then bonding a dental crown onto that abutment.
➤ Tooth Decay
More than 90 percent of American adults will have at least one cavity during their lives. Thankfully, this is something that can be easily treated and repaired. And the faster you act to fix it, the easier your fix will be.
For a small cavity, we can usually use our bonding material to create a tooth-colored filling. This will leave your decayed tooth indistinguishable from its neighbors and provide protection against new cavities.
A better option for a large cavity would be a dental crown. In this case, our dentist will remove your decayed parts and create an abutment. In the end, your new “tooth” will look and function like any other tooth.
➤ Missing Teeth
Lost teeth are another problem that is more common than you may realize. We can replace a single lost tooth or an entire row of teeth. The best way to do this is by using dental implants.
Implants replace the roots of missing tooth and provide a foundation for your other teeth replacement options. A dental crown can be added to a dental implant to replace a single tooth. Dental bridges can be paired with one or more implants to replace multiple teeth, and implant-supported dentures can be used to replace a whole row or a whole mouth of missing teeth.
Find Your Smile Again
If you have lost confidence in your smile due to damaged or decayed teeth or because one or more of your teeth have been lost, then don’t despair. Advanced Smile Arts can use our restorative services to make your smile as good — if not better — than it used to be.
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