Dental Restoration

Restorative

Dental Restoration Services Memorial City, Houston, Bunkerhill, Spring Branch

Filling Cavities, Adding Crowns, Bridges & More

One of the most common pieces of news a dentist gives a patient upon examination is that they a cavity. In fact, 90 percent of American adults get cavities. The good news is today cavities can be filled more quickly and painlessly than ever before.The incidence of tooth decay has significantly diminished over the years with the advent of fluoride and increased patient education. However, even under the best circumstances teeth can still decay and break requiring them to be restored.

Cavities are caused by plaque. Plaque causes decay and decay creates a hole in the tooth, which explains why they are called cavities. Whether the decay is new or is under an old filling or restoration, it needs to be removed. The most common sites for decay include the chewing surfaces, deep groves or near the gum line.

Reasons for Restorative Dentistry:

  • Repair unattractive spaces between teeth
  • Relieve dental pain
  • Repair damaged and decayed teeth
  • Replace missing teeth
  • Replace old dental restorations
  • Restore normal eating and chewing
  • Enhance the smile

Types of Restorations

  • Fillings
  • Partial and complete dentures
  • Inlays
  • Onlays
  • Crown and Bridges

Partial and Complete Dentures

A denture is a removal dental appliance to replace missing teeth and improve surrounding tissue support. There are two types of dentures – Partial and Complete. A Partial Denture replaces missing teeth and prevents other teeth from shifting. A Complete Denture is used when all teeth are missing. Partial and Complete Dentures can be stabilized with Implants and precision attachments. That gives stronger stability and support.

Reasons for Dentures

  • Complete Denture due to loss of all teeth
  • Partial Denture due to loss of several teeth
  • Enhancing one’s smile
  • Improve facial support
  • Improve chewing and speech

Crowns (Caps)

Crowns are full coverage restoration that bring teeth back to their proper look & function. Crowns can be made up of different materials: porcelain or a combination of porcelain with metal. The type that is chosen not only depends on the tooth’s location, but what the condition of the tooth is as well as the condition of the gums. There are three types to choose from:

• Ceramo-metal: This type of crown is usually the most economical. The disadvantage is that the metal part of it may cast a dark shadow if your gum line recedes. The metal may also affect the color of the porcelain.

• Ceramo-metal crown with porcelain butt join. This one can be more costly, but its better design hides the metal so there is less chance of the metal peeking through eventually.

• All – porcelain. An all porcelain crown looks most like a natural tooth and there’s no metal to be concerned about. That said, it’s slightly more susceptible to chipping. It also costs the most. But, really, at the end of the day who wants to risk that metal appearing if they don’t have to?

Gold

Gold is optimal for restoration despite its color. Thus if the tooth is well concealed, a gold rest will sustain the hard work it endures and its color wont offend.

Upside

  • When the tooth requires durability. Gold lasts at least 10 to 15 years and doesn’t corrode.

Down sides of gold:

  • it’s expensive
  • many patients don’t like the look of gold in their mouths
  • its placement requires at least two office visits
  • galvanic shock: The ADA notes that if a gold filling is placed directly next to a silver amalgam, it can cause a sharp pain, called galvanic shock.

Composite

Composites are by far the most subtle restorations. Compositions are sculpted either into a cavity or onto a tooth; then cured with a light procedure. It is also known as bonding or a bonded restoration. If the decay is minor, a composite is an excellent choice.

Veneers

Many patients desire a brighter, cleaner, more attractive smile but have chipped, stained, discolored or even slightly crooked front teeth. Often porcelain veneers can provide a new smile in a short period of time.

Porcelain Crowns

Also known as a cap, these crowns encase the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and shade. A crown strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. Porcelain crowns are highly durable and are designed to match the size, shape and shade of your teeth.

Porcelain Fixed Bridges

This non-removable appliance is utilized to replace multiple missing teeth. Made of porcelain, these bridges aesthetically resemble your teeth.