Whether you’re familiar with the types of dental restorations available or you’re just starting your research on restorative treatment, there are a growing number of methods to renew your smile and dental health. As dental technologies advance and these new options become available to patients, it’s important to inquire about them when you see the dentist.
As of now, the following restoration options are commonly offered, either directly by the dentist, or in conjunction with a specialist.
Dental crowns are used in many restorative and cosmetic situations. Most often, a patient receives a crown when decay has damaged their natural tooth, which the crown protects from further deterioration. Additionally, a crown can be placed when a tooth is cracked and becomes weakened.
In cosmetic applications, dental crowns offer an aesthetic revitalization of one or more teeth that detract from the patient’s smile.
Dental bridges are appropriately named based on the method in which they replace a missing tooth, as they literally bridge gaps after a tooth is lost. Comprised of two anchoring crowns and a replacement tooth, each of these crowns is permanently affixed to healthy neighboring teeth.
Dentures provide patients missing most or all of their teeth, with a restorative treatment that allows them to regain dental function and confidence in their appearance. A denture is a custom-molded prosthetic that is unique to each patient. A full denture can replace a full arch of teeth, while a partial denture replaces several missing teeth throughout either arch.
Many patients are unaware of the fact that each of these types of restorations can be affixed to dental implants, which offer a solution for those who are missing one or more teeth and completely mimics the structure a natural tooth. This permanent tooth replacement option provides strength, durability, and the appealing look of a healthy smile.
In instances where implant support is used in conjunction with dentures, patients find their restoration to be much more comfortable and stable.
If you’re seeking or researching restorative dental options, Dr. Gowey and team are here to help you learn about the various treatment methods and how each could benefit you. Please don’t hesitate to give our team a call!