Dental restorations are procedures to repair a damaged or decayed tooth. Restorations can be made from a number of different materials, including amalgam, composite resin, ionomers, metal alloys, porcelain, and porcelain-fused-to-metal.
The type of dental restoration that you may require is ultimately determined by your dental professional. Dental restorations, however, are available in such a wide range, that health, financial, and esthetic concerns can all be considered in order to find the restoration that is right for you.
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Older patients often suffer from a number of dental problems, including discoloration and weak or missing teeth. There are many treatments available for problems that affect the elderly, including bleaching and cosmetic restorations for stained or misshapen teeth; dental implants, dentures and partial dentures to replace missing teeth; and fluoride applications to counteract dry mouth.
Dental bonding can improve the appearance of chipped, broken, cracked and stained teeth and fill in spaces between teeth. Dentists apply a thin layer of tooth-colored composite resin to the teeth to restore chips and cracks, fill in gaps or cover stains, and provide patients with a more attractive and functional smile.
First, a thin layer of plastic material is applied to the tooth's surface. Then the dentist sculpts the bonding material to the desired shape and bonds it to the tooth using a special light. The bonding material comes in many colors so it will be possible to match the shade of your teeth. Once the plastic has hardened, it is polished until it is entirely smooth. The dental bonding procedure takes one to two hours and its results last about 10 years.
Dental crowns are natural-looking, tooth-shaped caps that cover a damaged or missing tooth, restoring a full and beautiful smile. These caps are cemented into place to provide both strong and visibly appealing replacements for natural teeth.
Dental crowns can be used for a variety of different reasons, including to:
- Protect weak teeth from further damage
- Restore a broken tooth
- Cover a tooth with a large filling
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Cover a dental implant for a missing tooth
Dental implants provide a stable base for replacement teeth that look, feel and work like natural teeth. With dental implants, a person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat and smile with confidence. Dental implants can replace one tooth or several missing teeth.
Dental implants are cylinders made of titanium that are surgically implanted into the jaw. The jaw bone grows around the base of the implant, while the top protrudes through the gums. Once they are secure in the jaw, the posts serve as anchors for tooth replacements such as fixed crowns and bridges and secure removable dentures.
Patients who have lost their natural teeth due to decay, periodontal disease or injury can suffer from related problems including further decay, difficulty eating and speaking, and drooping of facial muscles. Full and partial dentures replace the missing teeth both aesthetically and functionally, providing support and restoring the smile. Full (complete) dentures are used when all of the natural teeth have been lost, while partial dentures fill in the gaps between natural teeth. The gums, dentures and any remaining natural teeth will need to be cleaned regularly to prevent staining, sores and plaque build-up.
Invisalign® is the invisible way to straighten teeth without braces. Using advanced 3-D computer imaging technology to project tooth movement, Invisalign® creates a series of clear, custom-made aligners (repositioners) that gradually move your teeth. You wear each aligner for about 2 weeks, moving to the next set, until the goals you agreed upon with your dentist are reached.
Mouth reconstruction involves restoring all of the teeth in both the upper and lower jaws through the use of restorative materials like crowns, bridges, veneers and dentures. This treatment is not the same as a smile makeover, which is usually performed for cosmetic purposes. Instead, mouth reconstruction is a necessary treatment performed to preserve the patient’s oral health.
This treatment may be performed on patients who have missing or severely damaged teeth caused by:
- Injury or fracture
- Acid erosion
- Tooth grinding
Missing teeth leads to serious dental problems and can significantly inhibit a patient’s ability to eat and speak. It is important to seek restorative treatment for any missing teeth, but especially when most or all of the teeth are damaged.
The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is the small joint located in front of your ear where your skull and your lower jaw meet. The TMJ moves every time you talk, yawn, chew or swallow. It is one of the most frequently used joints in your body.
There are three classifications of TMJ Disorders:
- Internal Derangement of the Joint This occurs due to a dislocated jaw, displaced TMJ disc or injury to the lower jaw
- Degenerative Joint Disease This occurs due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or a perforated TMJ disc
- Myofascial Pain Disorders When pain and discomfort in the muscles around the jaw joints, neck and shoulder occurs, this can cause TMJ dysfunction
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