Many people who have never lost a tooth wonder what restorative dentistry is. Restorative dentistry procedures extend a chance to restore teeth to those who are dealing with missing or damaged teeth. More specifically, it involves finding, treating, and preventing cavities and treatment for other oral conditions. Restorative dentists treat patients regardless of their age or medical background. However, adults and seniors are the ones who often seek the benefits of restorative dentistry.
At Covington Family Dental, our Covington dentists provide many kinds of dental restorations, including dental implants, bridges, dentures, full mouth rehabilitation, and other dental services like composite fillings, root canal, and more. We know how important your oral health is and dealing with a missing or damaged tooth is never easy. So if you or a loved one are dealing with the repercussions of missing teeth, we would like to help.
Tooth extractions are one of the most common dental procedures that many people choose to undergo. There are several reasons one might have to get their tooth extracted, with decay being the most common of them. A badly damaged tooth due to an injury or accident may need to be extracted if there is a chance of infection.
Impacted wisdom teeth are another major reason why many people have to undergo a tooth extraction. People between the ages of 18 and 26 are more likely to opt for tooth extractions due to emerging wisdom teeth. Tooth extractions are also fairly common among older people who need to remove weak teeth.
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Dentures are basically removable sets of crowns that can be used to replace more than one missing tooth. They are a standard solution for many people who lose their teeth to advanced periodontal disease. There are many kinds of dentures available these days. To name a few, there are partial dentures, implant-supported dentures, fixed partial dentures, and immediate dentures.
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Dental crowns are prosthetic teeth caps that can be placed on damaged teeth. They are typically used to restore the aesthetics and functionality of chipped teeth. They can also be used to cover cavities when fillings prove to be unreliable. They usually do not require special care or maintenance other than good regular hygiene.
Dental crowns can be made out of several kinds of materials, including some metals, resin, porcelain (the most commonly used), and ceramics. Our teeth can wear out over time leading to a bad appearance as well other issues like crossbite. They can lose their shape and color due to wear and tear. Crowns can restore a near natural appearance as well as shape, size, and strength of your teeth.
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Cavities can lead to bigger oral health issues down the line if not treated on time. This is one of the reasons why regular dental checkups should never be avoided. Dental fillings are used for a number of purposes, such as treating a cavity and repairing cracked or damaged teeth. Depending on the nature of the procedure, our dentist will choose from one of the many kinds of filling materials available.
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Dental bridges are another type of dental restoration that are used to restore multiple missing teeth. However, they rely on support from neighboring teeth to keep the replacement crowns in place. This is why dental bridges can be placed if the patient does not have healthy teeth on either side of the gap. They are more affordable than dental implants, however, they might not feel or look as natural as implants. The procedure of placing bridges does not take long and the healing process is quite short too, which makes them a good option for people who prefer not to go through invasive dental procedures.
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Dental Implant Replacement
Dental implants are a superior restorative treatment than other alternatives. Implants use titanium posts to replace your tooth root over which the crown will be later placed. In terms of reliability, appearance, and longevity, they are far ahead of other dental restorations. One of the most significant benefits of dental implants is that they preserve bone health. Unlike bridges or dentures, which will only replace the missing teeth, dental implants act as the root of the replacement teeth, thereby preserving the health of the jawbone.
Depending on the number of teeth that need to be replaced, dental implants can be divided into three types: single tooth implants, multiple tooth implants, and the All-on-4® Treatment Concept. Although they are slightly more expensive than other alternative treatments, they offer tremendous value in the long run. Not only are they easily manageable but cleaning them is much easier than bridges or dentures, since they do not require special tools.
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Root Canal Therapy
Root canal treatment is mainly done to preserve decaying teeth. If left unchecked, bacterial infection can reach the center of the tooth, called the pulp, and damage the internal blood vessels, nerves, and other connective tissues. This can endanger the life of the tooth and nearby healthy teeth and gum tissue as well. If overlooked, this infection can lead to advanced periodontal disease.
Patients usually need a root canal when the infection has spread to their tooth root leading to pain, swelling, and even bleeding in some cases. Root canal treatments are carried out by endodontists. They will carefully cut through the remaining part of the tooth to get to the pulp in order to clean and disinfect the area before sealing it shut. This will help the tooth heal and also prevent infection from setting in again.
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At Covington Family Dental, we value your oral health and will do our best to preserve and maintain it. If you are looking for dental services such as dental implant placement, fillings, crowns, bridges, or dentures, we have the best restorative dentists to help you with those treatments.
If you would like to speak with our staff or schedule an appointment over the phone, you can reach us at 253.499.6155.