Restorative Dentistry in Southeast Springfield, MO
Often despite our best efforts at taking care of our teeth, restorative treatment is necessary. Whether you need a cavity filled, cosmetic bonding, a dental crown, dentures, or a dental implant, White Smiles Family Dental can design a custom treatment plan that will quickly restore the form and function of your smile.
Treating dental caries is one of the most common procedures most dentists do. Almost everyone will have at least one cavity in their lifetime.
Unlike the dark gray amalgam fillings of the past, today’s modern advancements in dentistry include the use of tooth-colored fillings. Made of a composite material—usually crushed glass and plastic—tooth-colored fillings are made to match your tooth, so it is virtually undetectable.
There are other advantages to using composite fillings as well. Because they bond directly to the tooth, less of the tooth structure needs to be removed to place these fillings. Composite fillings are also less likely to expand and contract than amalgam fillings, making them more durable and less likely to cause the tooth to fracture.
Dental Crowns and Bridges
Dental crowns are tooth covers that can repair a tooth that is damaged or misshapen. They are cemented into place to completely cover the prepared tooth, restoring your ability to chew properly. Crowns are fabricated to match the color of your teeth so that they will blend in seamlessly for a natural look.
After we treat a tooth with a root canal, it is usually capped with a dental crown to strengthen the tooth.
People who are missing one or more missing teeth can benefit from a dental bridge, which is a natural-looking prosthetic that fills in the space left behind. It attaches to the teeth adjacent to the gap in your smile, protecting your healthy teeth from shifting. A bridge will also enable you to chew correctly and speak without feeling self-conscious.
The same composite material used for tooth-colored fillings is also used cosmetically to repair teeth that are cracked or chipped. Cosmetic bonding can also fix gaps in the teeth.
Whether you are missing one tooth or are entirely edentulous, it’s crucial to replace missing teeth. Even just one missing tooth can compromise the health of the rest of your teeth. When there is a gap in your smile, your other teeth will gradually shift to try and fill in that space. Over time, this can cause issues with your ability to bite down properly and can ultimately lead to even more tooth loss.
Options today for tooth replacement include dental implants and dentures. Both will restore your ability to chew properly and smile comfortably.
Call White Smiles Family Dental for Skilled Restorative Dentistry
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, don't wait to get in touch. We can create a plan to restore your smile—and your self-confidence. Call us today!