Restorative dentistry , I mean, certainly cosmetics is a part of that. I mean, when you're restoring teeth for dental reasons, for functional reasons, when you get into the front of the mouth, that also entails cosmetics as well. Then but when you're truly doing restorative work and I'm talking about more than just one tooth, I'm talking when you're missing many teeth and when you're restoring a dental arch when you're missing several teeth upper or lower and you can restore by placing dental implants and putting crowns or some type of a fixed denture on that or you can be doing extensive crown work where you're restoring a lot of missing teeth by doing either bridge work or crowns on implants, things like that.
It's just not the teeth. You have to look at the mouth as one unit. It's not 20 teeth, 28 teeth. It's one system that needs to work in harmony and it has to work in harmony with the muscles at the face, with the angle of the jaw and the muscles that coordinate the movement the movement of the jaw with the upper teeth that are fixed. All of that has to be taken into account when you're putting this puzzle back together that took 20 years, 30 years to get to the state that it's in by the time they get to a dentist. You want to restore that within a week or two.
Having to make sure all those systems, the musculature, the angles of the jaw, the function of the jaw, and the aesthetics, all are going to work correctly. It's a large undertaking but it's for me, certainly one of the most enjoyable and challenging parts of the dental practice.
Bacteria living off tiny food particles (especially sugar) can cause tooth decay, creating holes in your enamel called cavities. Cavities weaken your teeth, make them sensitive to heat or cold, and can put your tooth at risk for a painful infection. We can repair the damage in several ways. Our tooth-colored fillings fill in the damaged area without ugly metal. Inlays and onlays, meanwhile, can seal up the damage, especially within the cusps of molars (inlays) or onto the sides (onlays).
Sometimes, the damage caused by tooth decay is too big for a filling, inlay, or onlay. In these cases, a dental crown is a great choice. Crowns are caps made to look and feel like your real healthy teeth. They fit snugly over the visible part of your tooth, improving its look while sealing up any damaged areas. And if you’re missing a tooth, a dental bridge uses a pair of dental crowns to hold a replacement tooth in that space.
Accidents and trauma to a tooth can cause the pulp inside of the tooth to get inflamed. If left untreated, it can cause a lot of pain and create an abscess. You need to get rid of the inflamed part of the pulp, which is exactly what root canal therapy can do. Our dentists will make a small hole in your tooth, remove the inflamed part, fill it with an inert material, and then seal it with a dental crown.
If your teeth have small chips or cracks, you really need to cover the damage so it doesn’t get any worse. Dental veneers are thin shells made to look like your healthy teeth. Our dentists bond them to the front of your teeth, quickly improving their appearance while sealing up any damaged areas so they don’t get worse.
It’s sad, but not every damaged tooth can be saved. If the infection or tooth decay has gone untreated for too long, it might be much better to remove the tooth. That means you’ll need a replacement, and dental implants are beautiful, durable ways to replace a missing tooth. You have more than one option, too! We have regular implants and mini dental implants, which are smaller in diameter and ideal for patients with a thin jawbone. Mini dental implants are a fraction of the cost of traditional implants and require less chair time.
Your teeth might be tough, but they’re not perfect. Cavities, accidents, and infections can damage your teeth and cause a lot of pain, but our restorative dentistry can help. For more information on restorative dentistry, or to schedule your next appointment, call our office today at 703-297-4353 or use our convenient online form.
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