Is Restorative Dentistry Right for Me?
Many patients can benefit from the help of restorative dentistry. Sometimes, patients go years without seeing a dentist and have a mouth full of problems that need help. We also see patients who experience trauma from an accident and who need several teeth repaired or replaced. Generally, if any of the problems listed below apply, you can benefit from restorative dentistry:
- Gapped, chipped, cracked, worn, or damaged teeth
- Severely decayed teeth
- Old, worn, or unattractive fillings
- Missing teeth
- Uncomfortable or unnatural-looking tooth replacements
Sometimes, we recommend extractions if there is no way to save one or more teeth or if their oral health is consistently declining. In the end, the best candidates for restorative dentistry are patients who want to improve the functionality and health of their teeth with the added benefit of an improved smile.
Treatments for Damaged Teeth
If you are unhappy because your teeth are gapped, chipped, cracked, worn, decayed, or otherwise damaged, Dr. Strober offers multiple options to repair them.
Porcelain veneers can work well for primarily cosmetic damage. They give your teeth a beautiful, healthy appearance and good function.
Ceramic inlays and onlays work well for significant tooth decay and other types of damage. These not only repair damage to your teeth, but they can also strengthen them. They blend beautifully with your natural teeth, too. Inlays and onlays are also great choices to replace problematic metal fillings.
However, a dental crown is the most effective treatment for repairing damaged teeth. A dental crown fits over a damaged tooth, giving it an entirely new surface that looks beautiful, healthy, and youthful. You might think a badly damaged tooth needs to be extracted, but a dental crown can save it in many cases. The saved tooth can serve you in good health and function for decades.
Treatments for Missing Teeth
Restorative dentistry gives us many options for replacing one or more missing teeth. The one that’s best for you depends on the number of teeth you’re missing and your goals for the appearance and function of your teeth after replacement.
Dental bridges can work well to replace one or more missing teeth. The classic dental bridge uses two of your natural teeth to support a replacement tooth between them. However, we can combine dental bridges with dental implants to replace more missing teeth. The optimum number of implants depends on the number of teeth we’re replacing, their locations, and the specifics of your bite.
The Denture Fountain of Youth® can replace an entire arch of missing teeth. Designed using the most recent innovations in cosmetic and restorative dentistry and bite science, this denture gives you a beautiful smile. The dentures fit comfortably and securely in your mouth, improving your bite force. Plus, the dentures restore youthful proportions to help your face look younger.
Snap-In dentures use dental implants to stabilize a denture. Removable dentures have better stability, comfort, and function than traditional dentures, but they’re easy to remove for cleaning and maintenance.
All-On-X is an approach to replacing an entire arch of teeth using a relatively small number of dental implants. With as few as two and as many as eight dental implants, you can get an implant denture that looks beautiful and achieves your functional goals. The more function you demand, the more implants you need, but this flexible solution lets you design the best one.
CeraSmile® is an advanced ceramic dental bridge that incorporates many of the insights of FOY® Dentures. The bridge attaches to dental implants for maximum stability and bite force.
Upgrading Old Tooth Replacements
In the past, we had fewer options for replacing lost teeth. This may have caused you to settle for a tooth replacement option that didn’t meet your needs. Or perhaps you were happy with your tooth replacement when it was new, but now it’s time to upgrade.
The most common upgrade people request is to move from traditional dentures to more modern implant dentures. People want to upgrade their dentures because they are:
- Not good for chewing
Any of the multiple dental implant solutions Dr. Strober offers can help you enjoy a better quality of life than you currently experience with traditional dentures.
Advantages of Restoring Your Teeth
The foundation of a beautiful smile has healthy teeth that function well. Restorative dentistry can help you replace and restore your teeth to complete health and function. When you opt for restorative dentistry, you can expect to experience a handful of amazing benefits like the ones listed below.