Over time, our teeth become weaker from damage and wear and tear. Tooth decay, an extremely common dental condition, affects about 99 out of every 100 people at some point in their lifetime. Between decay and the everyday forces of biting and chewing food, many patients require dental restorations. Restorative dentistry involves removing damaged or decayed areas of teeth and replacing them with fillings or placing larger restorations over the tooth to prevent further damage or the spread of decay. Our experienced and gentle dentist, Dr. Gregory offers comprehensive restorative services.
Preserving Teeth and Restoring Oral Function
Unlike other parts of the body, which can self-repair, once teeth are damaged, they require professional care through restorations to promote proper oral function and preserve them from further damage. Restorative dentistry prevents dental conditions from worsening while restoring a tooth to its rightful size and shape.
In addition to placing crowns, fillings, and bridges, restorative dentistry also involves repairing the interior structures of teeth. When the sensitive structures inside the tooth, including the nerves and pulp are exposed to bacteria and debris, root canal therapy is needed to improve patient comfort and prevent a tooth from dying. Root canal treatment saves a tooth from extraction by cleaning away and removing infected materials inside the tooth.
Replacing Missing Teeth with Prosthetics
Many patients—especially in their senior years—lose teeth to gum disease and damage. When teeth are missing, chewing and speaking is difficult. Additionally, many negative psychological effects including depression and social anxiety occur with tooth loss.
Bridges, which are anchored to existing teeth, can replace a row of missing teeth. These tooth-shaped replacement teeth are made from porcelain, metal, or porcelain fused to metal. This type of prosthetic is not removable and replaces the structure of missing teeth above the gum line.
Dentures and partial dentures are another popular option for addressing tooth loss. Dentures replace a full set of teeth in the lower or upper jaw. Relying on the shape of the mouth for support, full sets of dentures rest on top of the gums and are removed for cleaning. Partial dentures replace missing teeth and are customizable to blend in with existing teeth.
Dr. Gregory also offers dental implants, which are permanent replacement teeth that restore a missing tooth above and below the gum line. With a titanium rod and a manmade crown, implants replace the roots and crowns of teeth. Implants are extremely durable and life-like.
To schedule an appointment for restorative dental services, contact our practice today.