Restorative Procedures To Help Your Smile
While your teeth can stand up to huge amounts of wear and tear, they are, unfortunately, not indestructible. Regular, everyday use means that teeth are often susceptible to chips, cracks, decay or other aesthetic or functional issues. However, restorative dentistry gives you the chance to renew your worn or compromised teeth, improving both their look and their performance. Find out more about restorative dentistry and which procedures can help your smile with Dr. Jeff Kendrick at Heritage Dental Associates in Fayetteville, GA.
What is restorative dentistry?
General dentistry is often split into several branches. One of these branches is restorative dentistry. Restorative dentistry focuses on restoring the teeth’s natural function and aesthetic appearance after they have become damaged, worn or lost altogether. Restorative dentistry procedures often overlap with cosmetic dentistry procedures.
Common Restorative Dentistry Procedures in Fayetteville, GA
- Dental Implants: Dental implants replace a missing tooth and its root. Your dentist will place a small, titanium post into the jawbone under your missing tooth. This post, called a fixture, holds the replacement tooth firmly in place and keeps the bone stimulated, reducing the risk of bone atrophy. Implants can replace one or several of your teeth or hold a full denture in place.
- Crowns: Dentists often use dental crowns to protect a compromised tooth from further damage. Crowns often cover a tooth which has undergone root canal therapy, but can also hold a dental bridge in place, stabilize a tooth after receiving a large filling, cover a dental implant to replace a tooth or strengthen a cracked or damaged tooth.
- Bridges: A dental bridge replaces a missing tooth. A dental crown on either side secures the bridge to the natural teeth surrounding the gap. Filling in the gap keeps the teeth from shifting to accommodate for the extra space and aligns the bite to make eating and chewing easier.
- Dentures: Patients who have lost all or most of their teeth benefit from dentures. Partial dentures utilize any remaining natural teeth and use them as anchors to stay in place. Full dentures replace a full arch of teeth, using gravity or suction to stay in place. Implant-supported dentures use several dental implants throughout the arch to hold it in place.
For more information on restorative dentistry or how it can benefit you and your smile, please contact Dr. Jeff Kendrick at Heritage Dental Associates in Fayetteville, GA. Call (770) 460-9795 to schedule your consultation for a restorative dentistry procedure with your dentist today!