Having a broken tooth, a chipped tooth, missing tooth or dental cavity isn’t ideal for anyone. While there are certain things you can do to avoid tooth decay and tooth loss – like brushing, flossing and seeing your dentist regularly – you can’t always dodge the kind of accidents that might cause physical damage to your teeth. Fortunately, restorative dentistry, which involves repairing and restoring damaged, decayed or dislodged teeth, is available to anyone who needs it.
A Broken Tooth
Restorative Dentistry Solution: Dental Crown
A dental crown is exceptionally versatile and may be used for a number of purposes ranging from covering stained teeth and protecting teeth from tooth decay to restoring a broken tooth and holding a dental bridge in place. Made from a variety of restorative dentistry materials, dental crowns can either blend right in with your natural teeth or add a little “bling” to your smile. Patients who prefer the natural look typically choose porcelain, ceramic or composite dental crowns; those who want some extra shine can choose from gold, nickel or chromium dental crowns.
Restorative Dentistry Solutions: Dental Bridges, Dentures & Dental Implants
A dental bridge is a dental appliance that’s used to fill the gap created by a missing tooth. Made of a pontic (artificial tooth) and dental crowns, a dental bridge is permanently fixed to abutment teeth (the teeth that are on one or both sides of the gap). There are three types of dental bridges: a traditional bridge, which is made of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal; a cantilever bridge, which is used when only one abutment tooth surrounds the gap; and a Maryland bonded bridge, which is primarily used for front teeth.
Dentures are another popular solution for replacing missing teeth. Partial dentures are available in removable or fixed form and are used to replace one or several missing teeth; full dentures are removable and replace all missing teeth, either on the upper or lower mandible or both. Compared to dental implants, dentures are the more affordable option but can take some time getting used to. Periodic denture relines are also necessary to ensure that your dentures fit properly and last for years to come.
Dental implants are the crème de la crème of missing teeth solutions. They can be used to replace one, several or all of your teeth. Because they’re surgically implanted into the jawbone, patients often rave that dental implants look and feel just like natural teeth.