Prevention is the most important aspect of general dentistry. However, when you can’t prevent tooth decay, gum disease, tooth damage, or other issues from forming, restorative dental treatment may be the best way to prevent your dental health from growing worse. Restoring or replacing a tooth that is damaged, excessively worn, knocked out of place, or lost due to dental disease can improve your long-term oral health and prevent the need for more extensive restoration later. Because some restorative procedures may require multiple visits, we are specially equipped to make dental restoration easier for patients with special needs and who require sedation or treatment in a hospital setting.
Cavities are the most frequently-occurring chronic dental issue, and they result from a condition known as tooth decay. Caused by excessive oral bacteria, tooth decay gradually destroys your tooth’s structure, starting at its surface (a layer known as tooth enamel). Tooth fillings are designed to replace the tooth structure that you have lost to tooth decay, “filling” the cavity that has formed to reinforce the tooth’s strength and integrity. Using biocompatible composite resin, your dentist can create a discreet tooth-colored filling that doesn’t shine noticeably when you speak and smile.
Teeth that suffer severe damage, or that have received an especially large filling, are often good candidates for durable, custom dental crowns. When a tooth’s structure is compromised, it cannot heal or repair itself. However, with a dental crown, which is placed over the tooth to protect it from further damage, your tooth can remain in place despite the damage that it has sustained. At Children’s Dental, we often recommend porcelain crowns that are designed to match the specific color, shade, and texture of your healthy, blemish-free teeth.
Bridges and Dentures
When you’ve lost one or more teeth, the results can affect your smile’s permanent appearance as well as the health, integrity, and balance of your bite. If you don’t replace a lost tooth, then issues such as shifting teeth and increased risks of tooth decay and damage can lead to heightened risks of further tooth loss. To rebuild and protect your smile after tooth loss, your dentist can recommend a custom-designed bridge, partial, or full denture, depending on the severity of your condition. A dental bridge consists of one or more adjacent replacement teeth that can close the gap in your smile left by tooth loss. A partial denture can be designed for more extensive cases of tooth loss, while full dentures are recommended for patients who have lost all of their teeth on their upper or lower dental ridges.
Schedule a Restorative Dentistry Consultation
If one or more of your teeth are afflicted with decay, noticeably worn down, damaged, or lost, then speak with your dentist about how best to restore your smile. To schedule a restorative dentistry consultation, call Children’s Dental in Galveston, TX, today at 409-744-4551.