What is Restorative dentistry
Restorative dentistry is the study, diagnosis and integrated management of diseases of the teeth and their supporting structures and the rehabilitation of the dentition to functional and aesthetic requirements of the individual. Restorative dentistry encompasses the dental specialties of endodontics, periodontics and prosthodontics and its foundation is based upon how these interact in cases requiring multifaceted care. Dr. Wilgus deal with the two main types;
Tooth Colored Bonded Fillings
Composite resins are tooth-colored, plastic materials (made of glass and resin) that are used both as fillings and to repair defects in the teeth. Because they are tooth-colored, it is difficult to distinguish them from natural teeth. Composites are often used on the front teeth where a natural appearance is important. They can be used on the back teeth as well depending on the location and extent of the tooth decay.
Less tooth structure is removed when we prepare the tooth, resulting in a smaller filling than that of a silver amalgam filling. Composites are bonded, or adhesively held in your tooth, making a more conservative repair. This bonding also helps to strengthen a tooth that has been weakened by decay.
If the restoration is large or the recurrent decay is extensive, there may not be enough tooth structure remaining to support a replacement filling. In these cases, the filling may need to be replaced with a crown.
Crown & Bridge Therapy
Crown and bridge treatment will restore lost teeth, support remaining teeth and help you maintain optimum dental health. If you’re faced with tooth loss, crown and bridge treatment may be the right restorative dentistry option for you. This long-term solution can help prevent the cycle of problems that can occur when just one tooth is missing, such as shifting of the remaining teeth, decay, and periodontal disease and bone loss.
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A crown – sometimes called a “cap” – is a tooth-like covering placed over a carefully prepared existing tooth. Used to strengthen, restore or improve the appearance of your natural tooth, a crown is placed on an individual tooth much like a thimble over your finger. In addition to being used to strengthen a tooth to accommodate the attachment of a fixed bridge, crowns serve many functions. One of the most common is to support the tooth when there is no longer sufficient tooth structure left to place a filling. Crowns may also be used to protect the structure of a tooth that is fractured or broken.
A bridge is a custom device anchored to neighboring teeth that replaces one or more missing teeth. When a lost tooth is replaced with bridgework, the teeth on either side of the missing one must be prepared as crowns to serve as abutments to hold the prosthetic teeth in place. Crowns and bridges are most often made from superior materials such as semiprecious or precious metals, porcelain or a combination of metal fused to porcelain. Both appearance and function are considered when selecting the material most suitable for you.
Losing a permanent tooth – whether it’s due to dental decay, periodontal disease, injury or accident – can cause many serious problems for your neighboring teeth. Because the support and chewing forces are altered, the remaining teeth may begin to shift. The opposing tooth above or below the lost tooth can begin to move up or down and out of socket, which can accelerate periodontal disease and further break down the bone structure. If the missing tooth is not replaced, more teeth may eventually be lost due to the improper forces exerted during chewing.
Crown and bridge treatment reverses the negative impact of missing teeth in a variety of ways:
- Restores and maintains the natural bite
- Prevents unnatural stress on other teeth
- Keeps opposing teeth in their proper place
- Prevents shifting and tilting of adjacent teeth
- Discourages further dental decay and periodontal disease
- Enhances your smile, speech and chewing function
Once we determine that crown and bridge treatment is necessary, a series of appointments will be scheduled for you. It is important for you to keep all of these appointments to prevent any delays in treatment. At the first appointment, we complete a thorough oral examination, including an evaluation of your dental history. Any necessary x-rays are completed at this time.
During the restorative procedure, we first anesthetize the area to be treated. Next, we carefully shape and contour the tooth or teeth to be crowned to allow the crown or bridge sufficient space for proper fit and appearance. If a laboratory crown or bridge is chosen, we make an impression of the area. Finally, we make an impression of the area and fit the teeth involved with a temporary crown or bridge to protect them until your next appointment.
At the following appointment, we evaluate the final crown or bridge for proper fit before placing it permanently, making final adjustments if necessary. Other factors we carefully consider at this time include:
- Aesthetics – color match and appearance
- Function – chewing and biting accuracy
- Tissue compatibility – the contour of the bridge must conform to the surrounding tissue in a natural, healthy position
Make Your Visit Painless and Comfortable
In addition to complete services in cosmetic dentistry, we also provide alternative sedation for patients who require extensive dental work or suffer from dental anxiety. Gone are the days of avoiding necessary dental procedures simply out of fear.
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