This branch of dentistry uses an integrated approach that borrows from other fields in dentistry to help repair and restore a damaged or diseased tooth. You may hear your Durham dentist also refer to it as prosthodontic dentistry, which still implies the same thing. The goal is often to preserve the natural tooth as much as possible, and thus treatments will always try to recreate the look, feel and function of natural teeth.
Usually, the type of restoration treatment used will depend on both physical and fiscal factors, i.e. your health and financial capability. Your dentist will evaluate your case to see if the damaged tooth has a chance if saved, or if maybe extraction is the best option. You will also have to discuss your budget so that the dentist gives you options that are within your price range. Not all restorative treatments are covered by your dental or health insurance and therefore you sometimes have to dig into your pocket for certain procedures.
Your teeth may need restoration because they are worn, decayed, damaged or are missing. Depending on the nature of the problem, you may be getting any of the following procedures;
This treatment offers benefits to patients that have suffered tooth decay. it involves the dentist removing part of the tooth that is decayed and then fills up the hole with filling material. There are a range of materials used in tooth filling and they include silver, gold and porcelain. Fillings can also be used when a tooth is cracked or broken. However, for the treatment to be effective the hole to be filled shouldn’t be too big, otherwise the tooth will not be able to support the filling.
Dental implants are very effective for replacing missing teeth. A titanium post will be fused to the jawbone to serve as the root and then it is covered by a crown that serves as an artificial tooth. placement of the titanium post involves a surgical procedure which is performed by an oral surgeon or your regular dentist. You need to have healthy gums and jawbone to qualify for the procedure. In case you have gum disease, it will have to be treated first and if you lack enough bone mass, bone grafting will be done to prep you for the procedure.
Dental crowns are tooth-like caps that are worn over a damaged tooth and then cemented into place to improve size, shape and function. Crowns also offer protection and support to teeth weakened by decay or trauma. They are also used to cover implants or hold bridges in place. Crowns are made from a range of materials that include porcelain, composite resin, metals, ceramics and stainless steel.
This is a tooth replacement procedure that consists of a replacement tooth and a crown on each side. The parts are cemented together so that the crowns provide support to the replacement tooth, once fitted on both sides of the gap. The teeth to wear crowns need to undergo some prep work to provide a snug fit.
if you are missing more than one tooth in a row, removable partial dentures are used. The replacement teeth are held together by wires which are then attached to existing teeth for anchorage. Partial dentures can be removed for cleaning and to allow you properly brush and floss.
For broken, chipped or cracked teeth, your dentist in Durham may suggest veneers. These are thin layers of tooth-colored materials that are applied onto the surface of a damaged tooth and then sculped into the desired shape and size. Veneers can be made of composite resin or porcelain.
Other restoration treatments include inlays/onlays, tooth bonding, root treatments and gum rebuilding.
Once you have your teeth restored, you need to continue practicing good oral hygiene habits. This is especially important if before the restoration you were not paying enough attention to caring for your teeth. make sure to brush at least twice a day and floss daily. Also go for your routine dental check-ups as it is only through these visits that problems can be detected and treated while still in the early stages.