Common Teeth Restorative Treatments
Restoring the dental structure using different procedures is the focus of restorative dental treatments. Missing, chipped or damaged teeth are replaced using the treatment. Providing support to adjacent gum tissues is also an integral part of the different treatments. It is not enough that only the teeth are restored by placing artificial teeth. When teeth are lost and proper support is not provided to the remaining teeth, they would shift their position.
Most of the time, restorative teeth treatments are considered as aesthetic treatment. Treatments generally focus on both restorative and aesthetic treatment. All types of treatments are generally provided in dental clinics – involving treatment of teeth, gums, and jaw and face area of the face.
General oral health of a person is restored using different treatment procedures. The focus of the treatments is restoring the functionality of the teeth and also improve appearance. Besides this, these treatment options also provide a more permanent solution to dental issues. Dental health affects the overall health of a person and it is important that proper care and attention is given to dental issues.
Restorative treatments can be direct restorations or indirect restorations. Direct procedures can be done immediately and can be done in a single visit. Indirect procedures mostly involve placing customised prosthetics on the teeth. This would involve more than one visit to the clinic as prosthetics are made according to the needs of the client.
Dental fillings are given to give back the shape and function of teeth. Teeth get decayed due to bacterial infection. This will affect the inner area of the teeth. This is cleaned by the dentists using specialised tools and then the inner region is filled up. This will help to stop further damage to the teeth. There are different fillings available – gold, silver, amalgam, porcelain fillings. Fillings are chosen based on individual preferences and also oral health of each person. To know if a filling is needed, dental consultations are necessary. X-rays are also used sometimes to check the extent of damage to the teeth.
When natural teeth are lost due to irreparable damages or injury or old age then dentures are prescribed. They mimic the natural teeth in form and structure and give confidence to the wearer. Losing teeth affects the speech of a person, facial muscles sag due to the loss of teeth, remaining teeth would change position due to lack of support from adjacent teeth. Dentures maybe prescribed as a complete set or they maybe placed only on the lower or upper row only. Dentures maybe placed on the same day the teeth are removed or after a few weeks’ time after the gums heal after teeth extraction.
Crowns and Bridges
Dental crowns are manufactured teeth. They are placed on top of the damaged teeth. It is made of porcelain or ceramic mostly as they will imitate the natural colour of the teeth. The decayed portion of the teeth is removed and then crowns are placed. This will help to restore the shape and also the function of the teeth. Bridges are also used in restorative treatment, they provide great support when teeth are missing. The gap where the teeth are missing is given support by these bridges. When more than one tooth is missing bridges are the preferred type of treatment. The type of treatment suited for each person is decided after examining and getting comprehensive information on oral health.
When teeth fall out, another method of restorative treatment is using dental implants. These implants offer support to teeth. They are placed in the jaw bone and act as the root of the teeth. False teeth are placed on the implants sometimes immediately after the implants are placed. Some dentists will wait for few months for the area to heal before placing the implants. As these anchors are placed in the jaw bone not everyone is suited for this procedure. Dentists will check the health of the gums before they decide on this treatment. If suited they usually provide a durable solution for restorative care. Crowns can be placed on top of these roots and they will be as good as natural teeth.
Restoration and cosmetic procedures go hand in hand in dental bonding. Chipped or fractured or broken teeth are given shape and structure using this method. Tooth coloured resin is applied to the damaged tooth. Shaping and colouring of this resin can be done to make sure that they match natural teeth. This procedure does not take much time and can be usually completed in a single consultation. It is not just for repairing teeth that this treatment is used. Some have gaps between teeth, these gaps can also be filled using dental bonding. This supports the teeth and keep them in place and avoid misalignment of the teeth.
Covering the surface of the teeth using porcelain coverings is what this process involves. There are different types of dental veneers to choose from. Applying them on the front surface of the teeth does not change the shape of the teeth or its thickness as these veneers are very thin. Giving proper shape to the teeth, restoring discoloured teeth can be done using this procedure. Teeth are prepared to accept this covering and then the veneers are placed. Usually this procedure gets completed in two dental consultations.
Depending on the need of the person, different restorative treatments are available. The best suited option is decided after a dental consultation with the dentist. Oral health of the person, hygiene practices that have been followed all effect on the type of treatment that is prescribed. It is important to note that even after treatment is done, it is important that good hygiene practices are followed. Discolouration of teeth or implants falling out due to infection in the mouth are all common if one does not follow good cleaning practices. Food habits also need to be checked to ensure good oral health.
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