Restorative dentistry focuses on preserving natural teeth as much as possible. However, there are many different reasons why teeth can become damaged over time, ranging from tooth decay and periodontal disease to a sports injury or car accident.
Whatever the cause and severity of the damage, we can help you regain the function and appearance of your natural teeth. There are several different options to explore, ranging from repair to complete replacement.
The Biomimetic Approach
Biomimetic dentistry is a modern treatment for weak, fractured, or decayed teeth that focuses on tooth conservation. Rather than cutting the tooth down to install a crown, biomimetic dentists try to preserve the natural tooth as much as possible, by removing only the decayed area. Biomimetic procedures may include inlays, onlays, and veneers that restore the esthetic quality and function of your natural teeth.
This treatment may be appropriate if the damage to your teeth is relatively limited. Compared to other more invasive dental procedures, patients are often happier and spend less money on biomimetic procedures.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays are used to repair small amounts of tooth structural damage, caused by decay. In the past, inlays were made from gold. However, modern inlays are usually made from a tooth-colored material, such as ceramic, porcelain, or a dental composite. They are bonded securely to the tooth, and look completely natural.
Onlays also fit inside the tooth, but they cover a larger area in order to replace one or more cusps. Like an inlay, modern onlays are often made from a tooth-colored material that will blend in with the appearance of your natural teeth.
A crown is a cap that completely covers the outside of a tooth that is cracked or broken. Traditional crowns are usually made from gold or dental porcelain over a metal frame.
It takes about 2 weeks to make a traditional crown. However, at Smile Dental Center, we can manufacture crowns on-site. This dramatically reduces the waiting time and the inconvenience of getting a crown manufactured. You can come in with a damaged tooth, and leave a few hours later with an installed crown that is perfectly fitted to your mouth.
Inlays, onlays, and crowns are all used to repair teeth that are badly damaged or decayed. To decide which is right for your specific situation, contact us to schedule a consultation.
Dental bridges “bridge the gap” created by one or more missing teeth. The remaining teeth on either side of the gap are covered by a crown, creating an anchor for a set of false teeth that fill the space in-between. Dental bridges can be supported by your natural teeth or by dental implants.
Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth. Unlike dental bridges, dentures do not rely on existing teeth to provide structure and support. Your dentures can replace all of your teeth, or just a section.
- Traditional dentures: Are made from an acrylic base that is attached to a set of artificial teeth. They sit on top of your gum. Some people have difficulty with traditional dentures, because the appliance can shift while they eat or talk. This movement can sometimes lead to mouth sores, or other discomfort.
- Implant-Supported Dentures: These dentures attach securely to a set of dental implants. This keeps the denture firmly in place, while exercising the jawbone. Implant-supported dentures can be either removable or permanent.
For many people, restorative dentistry becomes necessary as they get older. We can help you replace missing teeth, and restore damaged teeth so that they remain healthy for a longer time. Contact us today at 203-712-7726 to schedule your appointment.