Restorative Dentistry Services: An Overview
Do you ever put off visiting the dentist because you feel self-conscious? If so, you’re not alone. We wish we could tell you just how much we understand that there are plenty of factors in managing your oral health and we’re here to help you reach your goals, not to judge.
Lost or damaged teeth is a frequent sight in this line of business and nothing we would ever bat an eyelash at. So too are periodontal disease, cavities, and chronic bad breath. Whether genetics, age, trauma or dental hygiene is the cause, we just love to restore our patient’s smiles and confidence.
Here are the top 5 general and restorative dentistry needs of our patients here at Acorn Dental in Marlton, NJ.
1. Dental Implants
Most dental implant patients are candidates for the most well-known type: the root form implant. This restorative dentistry device called a post, looks much like a screw and is surgically placed in the jaw bone where the root of the original tooth once resided. A root-form implant is a permanent restoration finished with a ceramic crown covering the dental implant. The natural properties of ceramic makes it an ideal material to not only mimic the coloring and translucency of teeth but also their strength. Once placed and healed, your new restoration is cared for just the same as your natural teeth.
2. Periodontal Therapy
What is periodontal therapy? It’s treatment for gum disease. In its earliest stages, periodontal disease general only affects the gums. If you have gum disease, you might notice red, puffy gums. Sometimes you’ll notice bleeding when you brush or floss.
As gum disease progresses, you may notice that it’s almost impossible to floss without shredding the string on rough protrusions below your gumline. Those protrusions that are like rocky outcroppings is plaque that’s hardened. It can only be removed by a professional cleaning at your dentist’s office. This professional cleaning might include scaling and root planing, depending on the severity of the situation.
Scaling and root planing is the removal of hardened plaque and the smoothing of the area below the gumline. In other words, when we’re all finished and you’re all healed, flossing will be smooth as butter.
3. Cavity Treatment
Aside from gum disease, cavities are the most common dental condition we see. Without treatment, a cavity will spread, weakening the affected tooth as bacteria responsible for decay invade and grow. These little bugs will eat away at enamel and feast on the underlying structures in your teeth. Eventually, this can result in infection. Initially, though, you may only notice some minor sensitivity. For some, the initial stages of tooth decay are undetectable without a dental X-ray.
Treatment for cavities is simple: we remove the decay and then replace the tooth substance lost with a filling. The filling, combined with a consistent dental hygiene routine, should help stop further decay.
When dental decay has weakened a tooth so much that a filling will only serve to cause more problems, the next solution is a crown.
Crowns are a custom-fabricated dental prosthetic placed over the natural tooth to restore strength and function. Dental crowns are one of the most versatile solutions in restorative dentistry. A tooth that has become either severely fractured or damaged by decay beyond what a filling can repair will often be restored with a crown. Often, crowns last for at least five years with proper care.
Dental crowns are also used over a dental implant to protect the post and give the appearance of a natural smile. Aside from being a restorative dentistry procedure, dental crowns can even be used when treating painful malocclusion and sensitivity caused by chronic grinding that has worn teeth down to stumps. Crowns can be used to restore height back to these worn down teeth and can also act as a protective shield for dental pulp and dentin that have become exposed through the wearing process.
Bridges are a popular tooth replacement prosthetic in restorative dentistry, made up of two crowns fused to either side of a false tooth called a pontic. These teeth are fabricated to match your smile and are discreetly fused in the places where teeth naturally abutt one another to create seamless addition.
The natural teeth on either side of the space created by the missing tooth will be reshaped in order for the supporting crowns of your bridge to securely fit over them. After being reshaped, measurements of your new bite will be taken using the intraoral camera and then, depending on the type of bridge and length needed, either sent off to the lab or in-office CEREC machine for fabrication. When the bridge is complete, it will be bonded to the prepared teeth for a permanent, beautifully restored smile!