If you are in need of a dental restoration in the greater Houston, TX area look no further than Dr. Jasmine Naderi and her team at Best Dental.
What is a dental restoration?
A dental restoration is any fixture that is placed into, over, or in replacement of a natural tooth to restore functional chewing and a pleasing cosmetic appearance. Dental fillings are the most common technique used to repair teeth that have been minorly damaged by decay. The most common type of dental restoration is a dental filling.
What is the purpose of a dental restoration?
The purpose of a dental restoration is to reinstate the structural integrity of a tooth or teeth that have been damaged by oral disease or injury. The development of a variety of restorative options has allowed dentists to address a wide spectrum of damage, including chips, severe fractures, even extensive tooth failure or loss. Ultimately, the right restorative care can improve the functional and aesthetic value of the smile.
Who are the best candidates for dental restorations?
A patient who has teeth that are damaged or missing, whether from disease, injury or other causes, is a candidate for restorative dentistry, which will restore overall mouth health and make teeth look aesthetically pleasing. Receiving proper treatment for damaged or missing teeth is essential in order to prevent further problems and eliminate difficulties with eating or speaking.
What are the different types of dental restorations?
There are several restorative options available. Which ones we use depends upon the patient’s overall health and personal preference, as well as your dentist’s recommendation. Available restorative dental treatments include:
- Dental Fillings
- Dental Crowns
- Dental Porcelain Fillings
- Dental Implants
What are partial dentures and full dentures?
Dentures are a common tooth replacement option through which biting and chewing capabilities can be restored. Traditional dentures, both full and partial, are removable fixtures that are held in place with natural suction and, in some cases, dental adhesive.
Partial dentures replace a set number of teeth and are secured onto surrounding natural teeth. Full dentures replace an entire arch, or both arches, with lifelike artificial teeth set into an acrylic or resin base.
What are crowns and bridges?
Crowns and bridges are often discussed together but are very different from one another. Dental crowns used to be referred to as “caps.” This was a good descriptor because this type of restoration literally caps a damaged tooth. Modern dental crowns are typically carved from high-quality dental porcelain, a durable material that most closely resembles natural tooth enamel.
A dental bridge is a type of restoration that is used to bridge a gap between two natural teeth. A bridge typically includes at least one crown, usually two. The crown acts as an anchor when situated over a natural tooth. Next to or in between crowns is a pontic, or artificial tooth that sits on top of the gums.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the most recent innovation in restorative dentistry. This type of restoration sits beneath the gums and acts as an artificial root. A dental implant is a tiny post made from surgical-grade titanium. One or more posts can be installed into the jawbone in a minimally-invasive oral surgery procedure. Over the course of a few months, the titanium cylinder becomes encased in bone, stabilizing it so it may hold a crown, bridge, or denture.
What are Porcelain Fillings?
Also known as Inlays and onlays, these could be described as expansive fillings. Each is used in a particular situation for which a standard filling cannot suffice. Both are made in a dental lab based on an impression of the prepared tooth. An inlay is a tooth-colored restoration that is bonded into the chewing surface of a tooth to repair damage caused by decay or injury. An onlay is a tooth-colored restoration that may extend over one or more of the cusps, or corners, of a tooth.