There are a variety of reasons to consider restorative dentistry. Many patients have restorative procedures because they need it to relieve pain or to repair damaged or missing teeth and improve functionality. Others are looking to improve their smiles by eliminating spaces between their teeth or replacing old, unattractive dental treatments. Whatever your reason may be, here is more information on the various procedures that Castle Rock, CO dentists Drs. Ryan and Skinner provide at Glow Comprehensive Dentistry.
When someone is diagnosed with periodontal disease or gum disease, it typically means that there is a bacterial infection of the gum tissue and the surrounding bone. If the bacterial infection is left untreated, it will begin to destroy the bone and surrounding gum tissue that supports your teeth. Over time, this will cause your teeth to loosen and could result in tooth loss.
Gum disease can be prevented by practicing quality oral hygiene at home, having your teeth cleaned regularly, and by eating a well-balanced diet. If periodontal disease goes untreated, it can be quite dangerous. Studies have shown that individuals suffering from periodontal disease have an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and even caner. That said, if you experience any discomfort or pain around your gums or teeth, you should schedule an appointment with either Dr. Ryan or Dr. Skinner immediately.
Implants are used in place of where a tooth would normally sit. They are attached to the jawbone as a place to hold an artificial tooth or bridge. Implants can also be used to anchor dentures. Implants are made to look and feel like regular teeth.
Appropriate bone density is necessary for dental implants, so not every person is a candidate for this type of restorative work. A strong immune system and religious oral hygiene are also important. If cared for properly, implants can last a very long time – even for the rest of your life!
Surgery is required for implants so patients will have anesthesia for the procedure.
Fillings are used to replace areas of a tooth that have been damaged because of decay or injury. Fillings are used to preserve the natural tooth and prevent further cavities. Fillings also help provide restoration of teeth’s chewing surfaces. If tooth fractures and cavities are caught early, they can usually be restored with fillings.
Advancements in technology now allow for the use of porcelain and composite materials that best match your tooth color so that fillings look natural.
Bridges are used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. When you have a tooth or teeth missing, it often results in bite or joint problems as your teeth shift. By replacing missing teeth, your ability to chew food will improve. Patients often elect a permanent bridge to avoid the hassle of removable dentures.
Where there is a missing tooth, bridges are usually attached to the two teeth on each side of the space. In the middle, an artificial tooth is attached to the bridge and fills in the missing tooth. The dentist will prepare the two teeth on the sides of the gap to receive crowns. A mold of the prepared area is then made to create your bridge. Once the bridge is ready, it is cemented to the prepared surface, which creates your “new” tooth/teeth.
Bridges are nice because they are not removed but stable and operate much like your natural teeth. They prevent teeth shifting and provide better ability to chew normally, which also helps to avoid problems with your joints.
Dental Crowns (Caps)
Crowns, which are also called caps, are used as a protection for decayed teeth or teeth that have been fractured. A crown covers your damaged tooth and brings it back to its original size and shape. During a crown procedure, the original tooth is cleaned of decay and an impression is made to create a model of the original tooth. A crown is then generated at a lab to be cemented onto the surface of the remaining tooth. Crowns are usually made out of tooth colored porcelain.
Crowns are very strong which helps to protect the remaining tooth that lies beneath. If the crown is done by a highly skilled dentist, it will fit perfectly and reduce the seams between the new crown and the tooth. This is important to reduce the likelihood of decay under the crown.
If crowns are done in a timely matter and before the underlying tooth fractures, you can usually avoid an expensive root canal. With the use of a crown, you can also avoid the possibility of fracturing your tooth, which could result in the need for the tooth to be removed and replaced with an implant or bridge.
Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding gum tissue. Depending on a patient’s individual needs, we offer three types of dentures at Glow Comprehensive Dentistry that will help improve the appearance and function of your smile.
- Complete Dentures – A type of denture that is fitted for the natural anatomy of your mouth, and replaces all of your natural upper and/or lower teeth.
- Partial Dentures – A removable partial denture that attaches to your natural teeth with clasps that keep them in place, completing your smile by filling in the spaces created by missing teeth. Your natural teeth are used as stable supports for removable partial dentures instead of dental implants.
- Overdentures – Giving dentures more stability and better fit, an overdenture is a type of denture that is placed over dental implants and typically “snaps” onto the implants.
Your dentures will experience some type of wear over time, and require regular maintenance as a result. Your dentures may need to be replaced or realigned to maintain a proper fit. The alignment of your jaw will slowly change as the bone and gum ridges shrink due to teeth extraction.
Tooth extraction involves removing a tooth from its jaw bone socket. Before either Dr. Ryan or Dr. Skinner consider performing a tooth extraction, they will make every effort to repair and restore your tooth. However, sometimes a tooth extraction is necessary to prevent further damage from occurring or because the tooth is no longer salvageable.