Losing or damaging one’s teeth can be traumatic and can make basic functions of life more difficult. Suddenly having gaps in one’s smile can make people ashamed and afraid to smile for a photo, socialize with others or lose their self-confidence. Fortunately, a restorative dentist can use the advancements in dental technology to restore the functionality and overall appearance of one’s smile.
How one can need a restorative dentist
For whatever reason an individual loses his or her teeth, a restorative dentist can help to go over the various options. While an accident can knock out or chip a tooth, an infection can lead to tooth loss as well. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, finds that from 2011 to 2012 “Among adults aged 20–64, 91 percent had dental caries and 27 percent had untreated tooth decay.”
While the early stages of tooth decay are preventable with proper dental hygiene and professional cleanings, if the decay advances to the later stages, tooth removal may become the only solution. The CDC also found that in the same year, around 19 percent of adults aged 65 and older had lost all of their teeth. For people in this situation and for those who have only lost one or several teeth, restorative dentistry is a possible way to help.
Restorative dentistry offers more than just the appearance of a full smile but can offer functionality as well. Some options for those interested in restorative dentistry include:
- Dental implants
- Dental bridges
While dentures can replace several or all of one’s teeth, they may not be as discreet or comfortable as one might like. Mouthhealthy.org describes what dental implants are, stating “Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your other teeth.” Dental implants and some of the other listed solutions are all possible long-term solutions to a damaged smile.
The process for a better smile
To begin, a patient will want to speak with a restorative dentist and receive a recommendation for the best treatment for his or her condition. Each patient has a unique set of teeth and may need a slightly different treatment that only a professional restorative dentist can provide.
If a dental implant is the best course of action, then the patient can restore a missing tooth efficiently and discreetly. The implant is made of titanium and other metals that “are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth,” mouthhealthy.org writes.
Once the implant fuses with the jaw bone, the dentist can then insert a dental crown on top. “The crown will be based on size, shape, color and fit, and will be designed to blend in with your other teeth,” mouthhealthy.org explains.
The dental implant is not only effective but will require the same amount of acre as any other tooth. All one has to do is brush and floss around it as one does with the other natural teeth. A dental implant will give all of the functionality of a regular tooth. “If you are replacing more than a single tooth, custom-made bridges or dentures will be made to fit your mouth and your implant,” mouthhealthy.org explains.
A personalized implant, bridge or denture will fit perfectly with one’s other teeth as the dentist will customize the piece to the patient's mouth. If you or a loved one has an interest in restoring a smile in appearance and functionality, call and schedule a consultation to find the best treatment.
Shoppingtown Dental Services
At Shoppingtown Dental Services in Dewitt, NY, we will customize your treatment to match your needs and schedule. Our professional staff creates a calm atmosphere for you during the appointment and treatment process. If you have any questions or are unsure of what is causing the pain in your teeth, do not hesitate to call us.
We will answer any questions and make sure you get all of the necessary information. We can help prevent damage to your teeth and set you on track for a lifetime of pristine oral health. At Shoppingtown Dental Services, your experience with us and your dental health are our prime concern.
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