Teeth get damaged due to dental trauma, fractures, cracks, tooth decay, periodontal diseases, and advancing age. Dental restorations provide various ways of replacing or restoring missing and damaged teeth. They provide integrated management of oral diseases and restore the mouth to a functional and esthetic state.
What are the different types of dental restorations?
Crowns are the most commonly used dental restorations. They are tooth-shaped porcelain caps that cover worn-down and damaged teeth in order to restore them. Crowns also protect weak teeth by providing strength and resilience. These days’ crowns are also being used in cosmetic dentistry to enhance the color, shape, and size of natural teeth. They are also custom-made to suit the unique needs of each patient.
Dental bridges are also used to replace missing teeth. They close the gaps left by missing teeth and make your smile look symmetric and even. Dental bridges consist of an artificial tooth, called pontic, which is held in place by anchoring crowns on the teeth present adjacent to the gap left by missing teeth.
Tooth fillings are used to restore chipped, cracked, decayed. fractured, worn-out, and decayed teeth. The damage is drilled out and the filling is placed in layers and hardened using a special blue light. Tooth fillings help preserve natural teeth. Composite fillings or tooth-colored fillings are the most commonly used tooth fillings.
Dental implants provide the best solution for missing teeth. They are small titanium screws that are surgically planted below the gums and in the jawbone. These screws act as false tooth roots and are attached to a crown, bridge, or denture to restore the tooth structure above the gum line.
It is difficult to live with missing teeth and patients with all or few missing teeth experience a lot of problems in their daily lives like difficulty in chewing and speaking. Also, their self-esteem and confidence are hampered due to the presence of gaps in their smiles. Dentures are used to replace missing teeth. They comprise of a gum-colored base with artificial teeth attached to it. They snugly fit in the mouth and cover the gaps left by missing teeth. Dentures are custom-made using the impressions of your mouth and can be taken out and put back into the mouth at your own convenience.
Dental veneers are also widely used as dental restorations and have also become a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure. They are thin shells of ceramic or porcelain that are cemented to the topical surface of teeth to improve their color, shape, and size. Veneers are also capable of fixing cracks, chips, fractures, and teeth with gaps between them. They are custom-made and mimic the texture and look of natural teeth very easily.
Root Canal Treatment
The pulp chamber is present just below the dentin and houses nerves and tissues. On bacterial infestation, the pulp chamber becomes infected and requires immediate removal. The procedure to remove the diseased pulp and cleaning of the root canals is called known as a root canal treatment. Root canal treatment protects the tooth structure and preserves your natural teeth.
Dr. Sumeet Masaun and her team are committed to treating multiple dental health issues with the latest technology. She is dedicated to improving the health, function, and beauty of your smile. Pleasanton Smiles transforms the smiles of patients living in California, 94566. For further queries and doubts, schedule an appointment with us at 925.425.7114 or visit our office.