There are several ways you can repair damaged or missing teeth. There are traditional dental treatments, such as fillings and advanced restorations, such as root canals and dental implants. Restorative treatments help repair teeth that have been damaged or lost due to tooth decay, chipping or accidents.
Here are five of the most common dental restoration treatments.
Unsightly metal fillings can be replaced by natural-coloured fillings to improve the look of your smile and allow you to laugh with confidence. Dental composite fillings can be used for filling new cavities, replacing metal or amalgam fillings, repairing chipped teeth and also can help to remove gaps between teeth.
Traditionally fillings were made of silver metal filling material. Nowadays they are made of white ceramic materials to match your natural tooth color. The use of these composite materials, which can reliably bond to the tooth, means that it can provide a very hard wearing and highly attractive result.
A Crown, or porcelain crown, is a cap, cover or restoration to replace the missing portion of a tooth. There are many reasons for crowning teeth. These can be due to aesthetic considerations but most are due to a lack of remaining tooth structure. Crowns are an ideal way to rebuild teeth which have been broken or decayed teeth. The crown fits right over the remaining part of the tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape and contour of a natural tooth.
A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain used to cover the front of a tooth. A thin layer of enamel from the front and side of the tooth is replaced with a layer of ceramic porcelain. It’s a simple procedure, which can improve the appearance of your smile. Veneers can be used to change the shape and color of your teeth and hide discolouration and close unsightly gaps with little or no work being needed on the tooth itself.
Root Canal Treatment
When a tooth is damaged or diseased, a root canal treatment may be your option. A root canal is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth is infected through decay or injury. You may feel pain or discomfort in the early stages of infection. The procedure involves the removal of the inflamed, infected nerve from inside your tooth, carefully cleaning the root canal space and placing a root filling material inside it. The root canal system is sealed to allow healing to proceed and to prevent re-infection occurring.
Tooth loss can occur due to decay or an accident. When this happens, the issue isn’t only cosmetic. If the structure of your teeth becomes compromised, it can affect the health of your entire mouth. Advances in dental implant technology have made it easier to replace damaged or missing teeth with a long lasting, comfortable, and natural-looking smile.
Dental implants are a remarkable treatment that not only restores your complete smile, but can also help your jawbone to heal from the damages of tooth loss. Dental implants are medical fixtures meant to replace the root of a tooth. These prosthetics are used by people that only have one or two missing teeth, but can also be implemented in conjunction with dental bridges to replace entire rows of teeth (the All-On-4®).
Whether you need to repair a chipped tooth or replace a missing tooth, give us a call at (661) 822-3727 and we can provide a thorough examination and provide you with a treatment plan to suit your needs.