A great smile is the key to a great first impression. People who are confident tend to smile more, and those who smile more tend to feel more confident. It’s one great cycle. Taking proper care of teeth and gums is also important to good health. Bad genes, poor life choices, or even accidents can result in missing or damaged teeth and a host of health issues. If this sounds like your mouth, it is time to consider restorative dental work.
What is restorative dental work?
Restorative dentistry is the process that dentists use to help fix teeth. It’s an industry term that means you bring the mouth as a whole, back to how it should be. There are some basic tools available to dentists, including fillings, crowns, bridges, implants, and dentures. Here is a quick explanation on what each process or procedure is and how it helps fix the teeth.
- Fillings. Most people have a basic knowledge of what fillings are, but don’t realize they are a form of restorative dentistry. When a tooth has a cavity, the decay can go deeper into the tooth and cause infections, problems with the structure of the tooth, and a lot of pain. The dentist will clean out the decay and use the filling to fill the tooth. It hardens and functions just like the rest of your tooth while giving the structure the support it needs.
- Dental Crowns. A crown is like a cap for your tooth. Sometimes a dentist cannot simply clean out the decay and fill a tooth. If the decay is so bad that the tooth structure cannot be supported, the tooth is ground down to put a crown on instead. Crowns can also be used if a tooth is cracked or severely damaged but still has a root to it. They require no special care and look just like a tooth.
- Bridges. Another way to replace a missing tooth is with a bridge. This dentist will grind down the teeth on either side of the missing tooth and attach the dental piece to both sides. It has the appearance of three, separate teeth. This option does require a special type of flosser, water pick, or brush to clean, but it isn’t inconvenient to care for a bridge.
- Dental Implants. Dental implants are another popular way to replace missing teeth. The process to install takes a few appointments because the jaw must first be examined to make sure it is strong enough to hold an implant. A titanium post is placed in the gums and requires 3-6 months to properly fuse into the jawbone. Once the post is ready, a crown is attached, and the implant looks like an ordinary tooth.
- Dentures. For major restorative work, it is sometimes better to have dentures. There are more options than just the formerly known denture product though. Dentures in today’s dental environment can also be placed on dental implant posts. Dentures can also be a small row or teeth instead of an entire set too.
Why It Matters
There are many people wondering why it matters if their smile is perfect, but restorative dentistry isn’t just about beauty and symmetry. There are many risks to having missing teeth, including damage to the gums and any other teeth in the mouth. When there are missing gaps, the teeth will move around more in the gums and leave roots open to easier infection. Having teeth in the gums also helps to keep the jawbone healthy.
While Dr. Hazzouri will certainly make your smile beautiful and symmetrical, our office’s top concern is that your mouth is taken care of in every way possible. Having great oral health impacts your quality of life. If you are considering restorative dentistry in Wilkes Barre, PA or the Scranton area, come in and see how we can help.