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Restorative dentistry is all about restoring the general functionality and appearance of your teeth. If your teeth are chipped, crooked, or broken, then restorative dentistry services can help you fix them. As such, restorative dentistry services are some of the most medically necessary procedures out there.

Restorative dentistry covers a wide range of dental problems. It can help you keep your teeth aligned and healthy, it can treat issues like gum disease and dental decay, it can fix broken or chipped teeth, and it can generally boost your confidence by replacing missing teeth or broken teeth.

Sun Ridge Smiles offers a wide array of restorative dentistry services such as dental crowns, dental bridges, tooth colored fillings, root canals, dental implants and dentures, snap-on smile, gum disease treatment, and dental bone grafting. Please continue reading for a brief discussion of these restorative dentistry services.

Dental Crowns

Dental Crowns are caps attached over your existing teeth to protect the underlying teeth, strengthen them, and to cover up all deformities and anomalies like cracks. As such, dental crowns can be considered a cosmetic or restorative dentistry procedure, depending on why you’re opting for it. One of the most common reasons to get dental crowns is to protect or strengthen a tooth after a root canal. During the procedure, the dentist has to shave your tooth down to a small stub and then attach the dental crown over it. Dental crowns may be made of porcelain, composite resin, ceramic, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or even silver amalgam or gold. Different types of dental crowns are used for different types of teeth.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are a series of fake teeth (called pontics) that are supported on either side by dental crowns or dental implants (called abutments). Dental bridges are suitable for those who want to replace a series of missing teeth. For example, if you’re missing two or more teeth in a single stretch, then dental bridges are the ideal replacement options. You can get dental bridges made of composite resin or porcelain. Depending on the type of dental bridge you’re getting, the dentist may have to file down the surrounding teeth so dental crowns or implants can be put in place to support the dental bridge.

Tooth Colored Fillings

Cavities are extremely common — most people get cavities at some point in their lives. In most cases, cavities don’t hurt or cause any discomfort. However, they become breeding grounds for bacteria and can eventually lead to dental decay and bacterial infection. If left untreated, the cavity spreads and expands till the infection spreads to your pulp chamber or roots, necessitating serious procedures or even potential tooth extraction. Tooth-colored fillings are the best way to fill up the cavities and prevent bacterial decay from occurring. The dentist simply applies a tooth-colored material like composite resin or porcelain in the cavity to fill it up. As the name suggests, tooth-colored fillings look just like your actual enamel and most people can’t tell the difference.

Root Canals

Root canals are necessary if a bacterial infection or dental decay spreads inside the pulp chamber and infects your tooth’s pulp. When that happens, the dentist has to drill into the tooth and remove all of the infected pulp and nerves. Following that, the dentist fills up the excavated hole and reinforces the weakened tooth with a dental crown. This procedure is necessary because it’s your last chance of saving your tooth — if the bacterial infection spreads to your tooth’s root, you may need to get your tooth removed.

Dental Implants and Dentures

Dental implants are the best possible replacement for missing teeth. This procedure doesn’t replace the tooth’s crown like dental crowns and bridges — instead, it replaces the missing tooth’s root. It creates a strong foundation for the replacement teeth. During the procedure, the dentist screws a metallic framework into the jawbone of the missing tooth. Your jawbone naturally grows around the post in a few months, thereby rooting the metallic post in place. Following that, the dentist can attach dental crowns, dental bridges, or dentures to the implant. This is the best way to replace missing teeth because the replacement teeth look and function just like real teeth.

If you’re missing several or all of your teeth, dentures are the best way to replace them. Dentures refer to oral appliances with fake teeth attached to a pink gum-colored base. You have to wear it in your mouth to give the appearance of a full set of teeth. However, dentures often come off or fall off while speaking or eating. That’s why you can also get your dentures attached to the dental implants so you have a perfect replacement for your entire set of teeth.

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Snap-On Smile

Snap-On Smile is a completely reversible and removable appliance that you can simply pop into your mouth to give the impression of a full set of perfectly straight and even teeth. You can wear them even if you still have all of your teeth. The dentist doesn’t even have to modify your tooth’s structure. You simply wear the fake teeth over your existing teeth and it completely transforms the aesthetic appearance of your teeth, hiding all possible anomalies and deformities.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is a condition in which the accumulation of plaque and tartar on your teeth leads to dental decay and bacterial infection. The infection spreads to your gums, which leads to the formation of a pocket of space between your gums and your teeth, leading to gum recession. Gum disease also causes sensitivity, bleeding gums, cavities, and other issues. If you’re suffering from gum disease, you need to treat it immediately with procedures like scaling and root planing, root canal, or other procedures depending on the extent of gum disease.

Dental Bone Grafting

Dental Bone Grafting is a procedure in which the dentist places grafting material — derived from another part of your body, another individual, an animal, or synthetic materials — into the empty socket of your missing tooth. This is done to either support your missing tooth’s bone structure or facilitate bone regeneration if you don’t have enough bone structure. This is necessary because you need to have enough bone structure to get dental implants.

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Sun Ridge Smiles offers some of the best restorative dentistry solutions to transform your teeth. For more information, please schedule your restorative dentistry session today.