A dental restoration is a procedure used to repair a damaged tooth. Restorative procedures are used to improve the appearance of a damaged tooth or to prevent tooth loss by treating an infection. Restorative dentistry is a branch of dentistry that deals with diagnosing, preventing, and treating oral diseases to restore teeth to proper function. When one or more teeth are lost, restorative dentistry can help restore both the aesthetic appearance and function of the smile. Tooth loss can occur due to periodontal disease, tooth decay, or trauma.
There are many different types of restorations available to treat tooth loss, such as dental crowns, bridges, dental implants, and more. A dentist can discuss the best option for the patient based on their needs, budget, and oral health.
Missing teeth should be replaced as soon as possible in order to help prevent the loss of other healthy teeth and to maintain the proper function of the mouth. When even one tooth is missing, the teeth surrounding the space can move or tilt into the empty space, which can cause problems with chewing and speaking. Missing teeth can also result in a change in the bite that can lead to problems with the remaining teeth. Additionally, without adequate structural support, the jawbone can slowly deteriorate over time. This can result in changes to your facial structure, such as sunken cheeks and a prematurely aged appearance.
If you are missing any teeth, it is important to visit your dentist as soon as possible to discuss treatment options. For most patients, the best treatment for their missing teeth will be fixed bridges, partial dentures, or full dentures. Fixed bridges and dentures are removable restorations, while dental implants are a permanent restoration option. To determine which treatment option is best for you, it will be determined how many teeth are missing, how much bone is present, and the condition of your gums. Feel free to contact our dental office today to schedule a consultation with us to see which treatment is the best option for you!
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