Do you have broken, damaged, decayed, or missing teeth? Then you may be a good candidate for a restorative dentistry procedure. Whether it involves replacing missing teeth or repairing and strengthening existing damaged teeth, the goal of restorative dentistry is to bring beauty and function back to your smile. At Parkview Dental, we offer a full range of treatments to restore your smile. The best solution for you will depend on how many teeth are affected and your goals for the restoration.
Solutions for Fixing Broken or Damaged Teeth
Decay, trauma, and normal wear and tear can all cause damage to your teeth that needs to be repaired for optimal function and aesthetics. Below are the main solutions we provide for fixing damaged teeth:
Fillings, Inlays, and Onlays
When you have a cavity or minor damage to a tooth, a filling, inlay, or onlay may be used to restore its strength. A tooth-colored filling is typically used to restore a tooth after decay has been removed. When a tooth needs additional support an inlay or onlay is used. These restorations are custom-made to fit the damaged area of the tooth either by a dental laboratory or by using an in-office milling machine. Inlays are used to fix breaks or cavities that are near the center of a tooth while onlays are used to repair the entire chewing surface of a tooth including one or more cusps.
A crown is an excellent solution that restores strength and function to a tooth that is badly damaged or has been weakened due to root canal therapy. A dental crown is a cap that is crafted to fit over the entire tooth. At Parkview Dental, we use metal-free crowns so they blend in naturally with the rest of your teeth.
Tooth Replacement Options
Tooth loss can happen for many reasons, including decay, trauma, and advanced gum disease. No matter the cause of your tooth loss, there are several replacement options available that can restore the function, health, and aesthetics of your smile.
We can use a dental bridge to replace one tooth or several adjacent missing teeth. A bridge consists of a replacement tooth that is held in place by crowns that are attached to the two adjacent teeth, essentially bridging the gap left by the missing tooth.
Removable dentures used to be the only option for replacing a full arch of missing teeth. The denture is typically made from porcelain replacement teeth held together with a gum-colored acrylic resin. At Parkview Dental, we feature dentures made from durable, natural-looking Zirconia for an extremely natural appearance.
A dental implant is made up of a titanium post that is attached to the jawbone and serves as an artificial tooth root. A replacement tooth (or crown) is then attached to the implant for a secure, natural-looking restoration. In addition to replacing one tooth with a crown, dental implants can also be used to secure a dental bridge or full arch denture.
Dental implants are quickly becoming the most popular tooth replacement option because of the many benefits they offer. Since implants are attached to the jawbone they don’t negatively affect the surrounding teeth. In fact, they help maintain the health of the entire mouth by encouraging new bone growth around the implant, strengthening the jawbone. They are also the only tooth replacement option that can be cared for just like your natural teeth.
Contact Dr. Munro for Smile Restoration
If you have teeth that are missing or in need of repair the team at Parkview Dental can help. Our mission is to help patients of all ages achieve and maintain their best smiles. Contact Dr. Munro today to learn more about our restorative treatment options and find out how we can help restore your smile and your confidence.