Restorative Dentistry for a Healthy, Beautiful Smile
One of the most frequently asked questions in our office is, “Exactly what is restorative dentistry?” A decayed, broken, or damaged tooth can be “fixed” in one of two ways. A repair will replace what was decayed, broken or damaged. Repairs can be fillings or even crowns.
The objective for a tooth restoration is to return that tooth (or sometimes several teeth) to health, regaining its natural appearance and function. We also look for longevity and durability. Optimal restoration of a tooth or teeth involves diagnosis, including the identification of underlying factors that contributed to the problem. Correction of those factors and the carefully designed and executed result produce a restoration that we expect will be comfortable, attractive, and last a long time.
There are many types of dental restorations that Dr. Ferrell can offer patients. We can help you find the option that best meets your dental needs and the goals you have for your care. The result? As we said, a smile that is healthy, attractive, comfortable and lasts a long time.
What Restorative Dental Services Do We Offer?
When you have a tooth that has been damaged by decay, fillings are used for the repair. After the decay is removed, the tooth-matching composite resin is placed in your tooth. Composite resins seal your tooth to prevent decay from recurring. The lifetime of a composite resin filling is variable, depending on its size, location, the care with which it was placed, and the health of your mouth.
Crowns are placed to restore shape and the chewing ability for seriously damaged teeth. A dental crown covers over and around a tooth; it may be made of gold, gold and porcelain, or today’ strong and durable porcelain ceramics. Porcelain ceramic crowns can be beautifully made so they are nearly invisible to the eye and chew like normal teeth.
For patients who are missing one or more teeth, a dental bridge can be used to fill the space, providing the chewing ability and a more attractive smile. Spaces caused by missing teeth are ugly!
Dental bridges may be fixed or removable. A fixed bridge is secured permanently to the adjacent teeth. Removable bridges are actually a form of a denture and are removable for oral hygiene.
Dental implants are used for the replacement of one or more missing teeth. The great advantage of dental implants is their strength and versatility. A dental implant replaces the root of a tooth. A variety of dental restorations can be held in place by an implant, the restorations are usually retained by tiny screws. An implant can hold a single tooth. Several implants can support a fixed bridge or a removable partial denture. Multiple implants can hold a full arch of teeth in place.
While dental implants have made it miraculously possible to replace teeth, they must be cared for like natural teeth.
Patients who are missing the majority, or all, of their teeth as a result of aging, decay or trauma often choose to replace them with dentures. Our practice offers both partial and full dentures, based on the number of teeth being replaced.
Full dentures consist of one upper and one lower denture, each with a full set of replacement teeth attached to plastic material that fits over the gums. A partial denture is a bridge replaces just some teeth. Partial dentures usually have clasps that hold on to remaining natural teeth. There are several different types of partial dentures available today. Both full and partial dentures are custom-made to fit your gums and bite for comfort and to give you a smile that you love.
Root Canal Treatment
When a tooth has become infected, we can often save it from extraction by performing root canal treatment. The inside of the infected tooth is cleaned and sealed. A dental crown is often required to preserve tooth function. Teeth that have been restored with root canal fillings can provide years of service.
Let us help you Restore Your Smile Back to Health
Our full-service practice is known for offering dental solutions that change people’s lives, restoring their ability to laugh, smile, eat and simply enjoy the benefits of a healthy, beautiful smile. If you suffer from missing or damaged teeth, or another oral health problem that gets in the way of your daily life, talk to one of our dental professionals to learn about your treatment options.
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Contact us today to schedule your appointment at (303) 586-1036.