The goal of restorative dentistry is to preserve as much of your your natural teeth as possible. There are a variety of options for restoration when you are considering repairing worn, decayed, damaged or missing teeth and restoring a healthy and beautiful smile. Depending on the nature of your problem, your Smile Source dentist can recommend the best treatment option.
Direct tooth restoration involves placing a filling into a prepared tooth cavity immediately. This procedure can be done in a single office visit. Your dentist chooses from a variety of filling options based on the type and location of the filling. For example, glass or resin ionomers are often used for replacements near the tooth root or other areas not subjected to heavy pressure from chewing. Typically, fillings will be tooth-colored and almost invisible once completed.
- Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and bridges are a common type of indirect tooth restoration. A crown covers the entire chewing surface of a tooth. A bridge is similar to a crown but can cover multiple teeth and even fill-in a missing tooth. A crown or bridge may require more than one office visit because the restoration must be fabricated in a lab. Some Smile Source member practices offer same-day crowns to complete simple restorations in just one visit.
- Full and Partial Dentures
Full and partial dentures are good option for patients who are missing multiple teeth. Dentures provide a functional as well as an esthetic benefit. Quality dentures that fit well will ensure that you are able to chew food thoroughly and speak clearly. It often takes several visits to your dentist to fabricate your custom fit denture, however, this investment of time is necessary to make sure your denture fits comfortably and performs well.