Ask a Dentist: What Are My Options for Dental Restoration?

Dental Restoration Charlotte, NC

If you have dental problems, whether cosmetic or structural tooth damage, there is likely a dental restoration you can opt for in order to correct the problem. There are different options available to make a tooth whole again. The choice of restoration depends on the nature of the problem.

Determining factors for choosing a dental restoration option

When a patient visits the dental office, the dentist will consider different factors before choosing the best procedures for them. For instance, if it is tooth decay, the dentist will check the teeth to know the extent of it. If the damage is severe, the decay may have extended to the tooth roots, meaning a large portion of the tooth is rendered useless. In this situation, the patient may be eligible for indirect tooth restoration. For minor issues, the area of damage can be repaired with a direct restoration.

A direct dental restoration can generally be completed in a single office appointment. The procedure requires replacing small damaged areas on the tooth structure with composite resins. The dentist will suggest indirect dental restoring if the tooth structure cannot support dental functions. In this case, the dentist will determine the method and materials that will be most effective for the situation.

Dental restoration options

Below are options for restoring a damaged tooth:

Fillings

Tooth decay is caused by bacteria, poor oral hygiene, a high sugar diet and the patient’s susceptibility to cavities. Failure to treat decay promptly will cause it to spread and result in structural issues that require more complex treatments. The dentist can provide composite resin fillings for cavities in a single visit. Ceramic can also be used as it is more durable and long-lasting, but they usually require two dental appointments — for creation and placement.

Crowns

A crown completely covers a structurally impaired tooth — one with extensive damage that cannot be fixed with a filling. It restores the appearance and function of the tooth. The crown can be produced from porcelain fused with metal or full ceramic. The dentist will help the patient decide the best option for their case.

Dental bridges

A bridge is a term used to describe one or more crowns held together to cover or restore multiple damaged or lost teeth. Bridges can restore the smile and help the person chew better. Dental bridges can be anchored to the teeth on both sides of the gap or to a dental implant.

Dental implants

When a tooth is too damaged to be saved, a dental implant is an effective tooth restoration option. The implant system replaces the tooth structure completely, down to the root. The procedure requires the surgical placement of titanium implants into the jawbone and allowing them to fuse (osseointegration). After that, the dentist will attach a replacement tooth. They do not require prepping adjacent teeth and they play a crucial role in stopping jawbone deterioration and the dysfunctional chewing that comes along with missing teeth.

The bottom line

If you need a dental restoration and want more information, contact our dental office to schedule a consultation appointment. The dentist will work with you to determine the best option to restore your smile.

Request an appointment here: https://artdentistrync.com or call ART Dentistry at (704) 405-1523 for an appointment in our Charlotte office.

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