Restoration Options for a Beautiful Smile
There are various ways Dr. Fleming can replace missing teeth or repair a tooth’s structure that has missing parts. Repairing a tooth can involve filling it due to decay, or repairing a filling, which has become loose. Restorations that are more extensive include replacing a tooth, which has been knocked out due to an injury, or a tooth that has major damage to it. In most cases, it is always preferable to try to save a natural tooth.
Examples of restorations
Fillings - Dr. Fleming offers many different restoration materials to treat cavities that need filling. The most common of these are silver amalgam or tooth-colored composite resin fillings. The right filling for you will be determined by your preferences and the location of the cavity. This type of restoration is usually simple and easy and used to treat dental issue immediately.
Veneers - A layer of material (porcelain or composite), and are tooth-colored. They are bonded to the surfaces of the tooth, mainly the upper and lower front teeth. They help improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, cracked, unsightly, or uneven.
Crowns - Also called caps, they completely cover the chewing surface of the tooth, which has been damaged, chipped, or cracked. Typically, they are bonded with dental cement to a prepared tooth. Crowns can improve both the strength and appearance of the tooth. They can also be used to hold a bridge in place or to cover a dental implant. Materials used to make crowns can be gold, titanium, porcelain, or another ceramic.
Bridges - They are artificial teeth that are placed between natural teeth to fill in a gap if teeth are removed or missing. Your natural teeth that support the bridge are call abutments. A bridge can be cemented (fixed) into place in between these abutments, or they can be removable like dentures.
Implants - These are replacement tooth roots that are made of metal and surgically placed into the bone socket where a tooth is missing. The implant is covered with a replacement crown. Often considered the most stable type of restoration, it can last for many years, or if treated properly, a lifetime. The implants may also be used to replace several teeth and can be used to support a bridge or even a full arch of upper or lower teeth.
Dentures – A removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. Dentures are made from materials consisting of acrylic resins and can often be combined with metal clasps to keep the device securely in place. If you still have some natural teeth, it is possible to do a partial denture to keep your real teeth.
Contact Our Roanoke Rapids Office for Restorative Dental Care
If you think you could benefit from restorations, call our office today for an appointment and a consultation. Dr. Fleming can discuss with you which restorative dental treatment is the best to repair your teeth and to help you to continue to smile confidently.