A lot of us take a healthy smile for granted, until we experience problems. Missing or damaged teeth can cause pain, embarrassment, and reduced self-esteem. They can also lead to serious nutritional deficiencies and other health problems. Having even one missing or damaged tooth is much more than a cosmetic consideration. It’s a serious health issue that should be addressed through restorative dentistry.
The doctors and staff at John’s Creek Dental Excellence are experts in the field of restorative dentistry, and provide restorative dental procedures to dental patients in the John’s Creek community.
What is Restorative Dentistry?
Restorative dentistry is the integrated management of oral health and the restoration the mouth to a fully functioning and beautiful state. The goal of restorative dentistry is to preserve as much of the natural dentition as possible. This is done by using the best options in tooth restoration while integrating the most appropriate replacement options for missing teeth.
Important Techniques in Dental Restoration
Depending on the patient’s needs, a dentist skilled in restoring smiles might use techniques that include:
- Veneers, or thin tooth colored porcelain shells bonded to the tooth’s surface. Veneers help protect the surface of the tooth while improving the appearance of the tooth.
- Crowns, which are tooth shaped coverings placed over the natural tooth to protect and preserve it.
- Fillings, to preserve the tooth.
- Bridges, which are natural looking prosthetic teeth that fit into the mouth “bridging” gaps where natural teeth are missing.
- Full and partial dentures, which are natural looking artificial teeth affixed to a flesh colored based fits into the mouth and over the gums.
- Dental implants, which replace a missing tooth and root structure with a permanent dental structure.
Why Choose Restorative Dentistry?
A beautiful smile is invaluable. Not only does it make us look and feel confident, it also helps preserve our overall health. Gaps in our teeth create areas that are very vulnerable to plaque-causing bacteria build-up which can lead to further tooth loss. Bacteria is also linked to increased health risks such as diabetes and heart disease. Even one missing tooth puts extra stress on the remaining teeth, making them vulnerable to damage. Not having as much surface area for chewing can cause foods to be improperly chewed, which leads to choking hazards and nutritional problems.
While restorative dentistry might seem like an “extra” that could be delayed, delaying this care could end up costing you much more in additional health and dental care.
If you have missing or damaged teeth, restorative dentistry is probably a great fit for you because a properly balanced bite is much more than just a pretty smile. Contact us today at John’s Creek Dental Excellence about restoring your smile and your health!