Have damaged or missing teeth? Incredible innovations in the dental industry have made it possible for patients to have artificial teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Gone are the days of uncomfortable dentures with metal brackets and false teeth that look like… well, false teeth.
Restorative dentistry aims to restore damaged or missing teeth with crowns, bridges, dental implants, or dentures. Artificial teeth help preserve bone structure and bite, prevent tooth decay, and maintain overall oral health.
Dental crowns and bridges can replace one or more missing teeth and are recommended for patients who have healthy existing teeth.
Implants are the most secure, long-lasting tooth restoration procedures but are also the most costly and invasive. However, the result is a natural-looking tooth that functions like real teeth and can last a lifetime.
Implants are typically made of titanium and are surgically fused into the jaw bone to form the anchor for an artificial tooth. Once the gums have healed over the titanium root, an attachment called an abutment may be placed to secure the artificial tooth in place. The realistic-looking crown is then placed on top to create a secure, lifetime solution for missing teeth.
Some of the benefits of dental implants include:
To be a good candidate for implants, patients must have a healthy bone structure and good oral health.
Depending on how many teeth need to be replaced, dentures are available in partial or full sets. Each pair of dentures are customized and carefully constructed to fit. Modern technology has made it possible for dentures to feel comfortable and look incredibly natural.
The different types of dentures include:
An important part of restorative dental care is the follow-up appointments to make sure artificial teeth are functioning as they should, the gums and any remaining teeth are healthy, and there are no signs of infection. Restorative dentistry can help patients get their confidence back and improve their quality of life.