“Restorative dentistry” is the term dental professionals use to explain how they replace missing or damaged teeth. Fillings, crowns (“caps”), bridges and implants are common restorative options. The goal is to bring back
your natural smile and prevent future oral health issues.
Dentists use dental fillings to restore teeth damaged by dental caries (tooth decay). Dental caries are caused by microorganisms that convert sugars in food to acids which erode the enamel of a tooth, creating a hole or cavity. The dentist cleans out the decayed part of the tooth and fills the opening with an artificial material (a White-filling) to protect the tooth’s structure and restore the appearance and utility of the tooth.
Crowns / Caps:
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth — to cover the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
Why Is a Dental Crown Needed? A dental crown may be needed in the following situations: To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth, To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down, To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left, to hold a dental bridge in place, To cover miss happened or severely discolored teeth, To cover a dental implant. To make a cosmetic modification.
Partials / Dentures:
A partial denture is a dental appliance that replaces one or more missing teeth, receiving support and retention from underlying tissues and some or all of the remaining teeth. A removable partial denture (RPD) is a denture for a partially edentulous patient who desires to have replacement teeth for functional or aesthetic reasons and who cannot have a bridge (a fixed partial denture) for any reason, such as a lack of required teeth to serve as support for a bridge (i.e. distal abutments) or financial limitations. With this type of prosthesis patients can remove and reinsert it when required.
Cosmetic dentistry / Veneers:
Cosmetic, or aesthetic, dentistry focuses on improving appearance and facial self-image by correcting the alignment, shape, and color of teeth. Dental professionals who offer cosmetic options can improve the appearance of stained, chipped, and misshapen teeth, and correct uneven gums and replace old fillings with nearly invisible filling materials. The purpose of cosmetic dentistry is to improve the appearance of the teeth using bleaching, bonding, veneers, reshaping, orthodontics/ Invisalign. All this services are available HERE!
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic treatment done to improve the appearance of teeth. Teeth are whitened to remove the effects of coffee, cigarettes, and other substances that permanently stain or discolor teeth. Medications such as antibiotics like tetracycline may discolor teeth. Fluorosis, a condition caused by absorbing too much fluoride, could affect tooth color. Furthermore, aging also causes teeth to loose their bright color.
Patients should have a dental exam before starting treatment. The dentist can advise the patient about the most appropriate procedure. The treatment may be done in the dental office or at home with guidance from a dentist.