Restorative dentistry is the filling and/or replacing of a tooth or set of teeth to bring your smile back to its original structure and help prevent oral diseases in the future.
There are many reasons restorative dentistry may be needed. Some of these include tooth decay, cracked or broken teeth, missing teeth or teeth that are worn down. While we will always work to preserve your natural teeth, many times that just isn’t possible. That is when one of these options will be chosen to restore or replace your teeth, giving you back both a functional and beautiful smile.
Dentures are the most common form of restorative dentistry and can be used to replace one tooth or all of your teeth. Complete dentures are full replacements for the bottom, top or all of your teeth. Partial dentures are replacements for one or only a few of your teeth. Dentures are custom-made to fit your mouth and match your natural teeth and can be adjusted whenever needed for your complete comfort and proper function.
Composite fillings are a more natural-looking filling as they are made from composite resin that mimics the look of a natural tooth. The resin is strong and durable and is becoming a more popular choice for those who need a filling but would prefer not to have the silver or gold fillings in their teeth.
A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth so that the surrounding teeth don’t shift. Bridges are anchored to neighboring teeth with crowns to keep the bridge secure. When gaps are not treated properly, they can cause structural changes to your mouth and jaw, creating difficulty eating and speaking. Each dental bridge is made to fit the specific size, shape, and color you need to fill the gap in your teeth.
Inlays and Onlays
An inlay is used when a cavity is too large for a simple filling or the center of the tooth needs filling. An onlay is used when the cusp of a tooth must be filled or you would prefer this over a full coverage dental crown. Inlays and onlays are highly durable and offer a more natural look to your tooth fillings.
For more information about our restorative dentistry options at Cross, Lavinder, Quinn, & Park Family Dentistry, contact our offices today to schedule an appointment and find out how we can get your teeth back to their healthy proper functions.