If you’ve been looking for ways to restore your teeth and improve their overall health and aesthetic appeal, then dental restoration may be the answer. From fillings to bridges and dentures, there are a variety of procedures available that can help bring back the natural shine, make targeted adjustments to teeth size or shape, repair chips or cracks in the enamel, strengthen weakened teeth, and more. In this blog post, we will explore the different types of dental restorations available. Read on to learn everything you need to know about dental restoration options!
Fillings are used to fill in cavities caused by tooth decay. Fillings can be made from a variety of materials including composite resin, gold, silver amalgam (a mixture of metals), porcelain, and glass ionomer cement. Fillings typically last from five to seven years, depending on the type of material and the amount of wear and tear they endure. To extend the life of your filling, maintain good oral hygiene habits such as brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and seeing your dentist regularly for check-ups.
Crowns are an option when more extensive damage has been done to the tooth structure or when a large filling does not adequately support the remaining tooth structure. Crowns are made from a variety of materials including porcelain, gold, and stainless steel. On average, people who take good care (including brushing twice a day and flossing regularly) of their crowns can expect them to last around 10 years.
A bridge is used when there is more than one missing tooth in the same area of the mouth. The bridge consists of two or more crowns that are attached to surrounding teeth to fill in the gap caused by missing teeth. They should be evaluated by a dentist every 6 months to check the fit of the bridge, the fit of the abutment teeth, and any signs of decay or damage.
Implants are an ideal way to replace missing teeth when they cannot be replaced with traditional bridges or dentures. Implants involve placing a titanium post into the jawbone and then attaching a prosthetic crown onto it. Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime, provided they are cared for properly and maintained with regular dental visits. Since the implant is placed directly into the jawbone, it can be expected to remain in place as long as the bone remains healthy and strong.
Dentures can be used to replace multiple missing teeth in either entire rows or just certain areas of the mouth. Dentures can be either full (replacing all the teeth in an arch) or partial (replacing only a few missing teeth). Dentures are made from a variety of materials including acrylic, metal, and porcelain. To improve their longevity, regular check-ups and cleanings with a dentist are recommended. In addition, soaking dentures overnight in a cleaning solution can help prevent bacteria build-up or discoloration.
No matter what type of dental restoration is needed, it is important to consult with a dentist to discuss what options are best for your individual situation. The dentist will take into account factors such as cost, aesthetics, and durability when recommending the appropriate treatment plan. At Herndon Dental Arts, we strive to deliver dental excellence with the most gentle and comfortable care possible. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your dental restoration!