Restoring a damaged or missing tooth is an essential part of having the smile of your dreams. Whether the restoration is big or small, that restoration will end the spread of decay and infection. It will provide you with a way to keep your smile healthy and strong for years to come.
After all, that is the goal for our smiles, is it not? You want to keep your natural teeth for as long as possible, and restorations allow you to do that. Today, we want to talk about the levels of restorations available to you so that you can see that no matter how large your problem is, we can offer you a solution!
Just about every person in this country has at least one dental restoration already. In fact, we believe that about ¾ of every high school graduate has already had at least one filling, and most have had more than one! So that’s where we would like to begin: dental fillings. The most basic dental restoration available to you!
Small restorations are fundamentally important because they stop the spread of decay. Your tooth has come under attack from bacteria, which has formed a cavity. If we don’t place a dental restoration, we are leaving your tooth at risk to be lost completely. Here at Plano Smile Studio, we use only the best materials for restorations, which is why we use composite fillings.
A composite filling is made of a resin material, which is a mixture of glass and other plastics to create a strong bond on the inside of your tooth. We use this same material for other functions, but it works perfectly to hold bacteria at bay and create a strong bond for your tooth. On top of that, the filling itself can be made to match the color of your teeth, which means no more embarrassing dark spots in your smile!
Sometimes a filling is not enough. When an entire tooth is missing, we need to perform a different sort of restoration. We can use a dental bridge, but we find that most of our patients and staff prefer the dental implant solution for it’s beauty, function, and longevity.
A dental implant is a small titanium post that will be inserted into your jawbone. We will then attach a beautiful crown to the top of the implant to complete the restoration of your missing tooth. The result is completely permanent and fully functional making this the only single tooth restoration on the market of its kind.
Entire Smile Restorations
Now that we’ve talked about a cavity restoration and a single tooth restoration, we want to talk about what we do when your entire arch of teeth are missing. You cannot live without teeth because they allow you to eat and speak, so when you reach this point of having no teeth, we want to act quickly to give you a solution that will work for you!
For most of our patients, the answer is a set of dentures. Dentures are the most popular full-mouth restorations available. Dentures have been around for centuries, and we are always finding ways to improve them. You have probably heard the horror stories of slippery or poor-fitting dentures, but we can take care of that problem with the assistance of dental implants! That’s right, those little titanium posts are at it again. This time, they are providing a secure foundation for your dentures to connect to.
Where Does Your Smile Need Help?
We have covered a lot of territory today. From the basic use of a filling in a cavity to the use of dentures, we have the ability to restore just about any tooth that comes our way! The best way to catch those problems early, however, is to maintain routine appointments.
With routine appointments, we can prevent cavities before they begin, heal teeth before they need to be removed, and protect your natural teeth before it reaches a point of being a total loss. Restorations are great, but we prefer to not need them at all!
Contact us today to get started with your next cleaning and exam. We would love to help you have the happiest, healthiest smile of your life! Let’s get started now!