5 Common General Dental Restorative Procedures That Give You A Great Smile
Most of the common procedures conducted in any dental service centre involve smile restoration. While enhancing the appearance of the smile, these procedures also help in enhancing the function of teeth. It also helps maintain the structure of the teeth.
For smile restoration, just as it is with any dental procedure, the first step is to conduct a thorough dental examination to assess the extent of the problem. Your dentist may also use an X-ray to get a detailed understanding of your teeth. There are many restorative procedures that are available to choose from. Depending on the severity of the issue, age, overall health, budget, and other considerations, your dentist will suggest the most suitable option for you.
The following are five of the most common dental restorative procedures that are routinely performed in dental clinics across the world.
The crown is somewhat similar to a royal crown – it serves as a ‘cap’ for the teeth. When a tooth needs protection, it is ‘crowned’ to make it stronger and more secure. Teeth can be broken, chipped or cracked – placing a cap helps prevent further damage to the teeth. The crown covers the portion of the damaged teeth above the gum line.
Crowns help alter the appearance of the damaged teeth, and it can be very useful to provide a proper shape to the teeth. It is not that dental crowns are placed only over damaged teeth, they are also be placed on top of implants to complete the procedure.
The crowns that are available these days are made of highly durable materials that have the same colour of natural teeth. With porcelain or ceramic crowns, you won’t even know that a restorative procedure has been done because they look really natural. Patients no longer need to feel self-conscious that they have dental crowns, they can simply go about their daily lives secure in the knowledge that it’s virtually impossible to tell the crowns apart from their natural teeth.
Dental Bridges and implants
Bridges and implants are also commonly used to restore the structure and function of teeth. Both these dental procedures help replace missing teeth. So which one should you opt for – bridges or implants? This is best left to the dentist who will recommend the most suitable option depending on your specific needs.
Bridges are fixed in the mouth, they literally serve as bridges in the gaps that are created by the missing teeth. The bridge is affixed in such a way that they stay in place even when you move your jaws to chew food or speak. The bridge prevents other teeth from moving into the gap created by the missing ones. Dental bridges are most appropriate typically when the adjacent teeth have fillings.
Implants replace the tooth root and are durable and long lasting. Implants are usually made of metals like titanium which fuse to the bone, and hence the high durability. Implants can also provide support for dentures. Since implants are placed in the gums, the health of the gums becomes a crucial factor in determining whether you are a good candidate for the procedure or not. If a patient has unhealthy gums, the dentist may first recommend treatment to recover gum health before staring on the implant procedure.
Dental fillings help fill up cavities in your mouth. Bacteria enters mouth through different ways, they multiply and create holes in the teeth and that is how cavities are created. Sugary drinks help bacteria to grow which in turn help create plaque and speed up the process. Maintaining good oral hygiene is important to avoid cavities, to prevent the spread of tooth decay, and to make sure that the fillings last longer.
The dentist will first remove the decayed material in the tooth, and then fill it. This helps make sure there are no bacteria left behind which can damage the teeth further. The most common types of filling are silver or mercury fillings. These days you also have the white coloured fillings which have the same colour as that of natural teeth. Almost all of the fillings are durable, though they may be small variations in longevity. When you have consultation with your dentist, you can have a discussion about the advantages and disadvantages of each type of filling and which one would be best suited for your needs.
Cosmetic dentures help replace teeth in a budget when you have many teeth missing, or you are not a suitable candidate for implants or bridges. When people have lost teeth, they experience difficulty in chewing food. The muscles of the face also sag and change the face of the shape, thus making them look older. Difficulty in speech is also a common problem with missing teeth.
Immediate dentures can be put on immediately after the damaged teeth are removed. Custom made dentures take time to make and dentists will work with the patients to make it comfortable for them. Impression of the teeth is taken to make the custom dentures.
Some adjustments will be needed to get used to dentures during which time you need to be careful about the food you consume. But after you get used to dentures, you can go back to your normal food routine. Minor soreness and general uncomfortableness can persist, but will get better with continued use.
A new advancement in micro dentistry is called air abrasion. This is new technique which involves a method that does not require drilling for teeth restorations. The spray used in this method helps remove the decay in the teeth, and they are sucked out using a specialised suction tool. Since air spray is used, there is generally less of vibrations and noise during the procedure.
The focus of this method is to try and retain all healthy parts of the teeth. This is generally suited for cavities that are not deep. After the tooth cavity is cleaned, the dentist would then apply filling to the teeth cavity.
Your dentist would be the best person to advise you on which of the above procedures are suited for your specific dental problem.
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