There are many types of tooth restorations. Damage to a tooth needs to be fixed and that is what a tooth restoration does, fix the tooth and restore function. In many cases a tooth restoration will actually replace an entire tooth or even multiple teeth, depending on what is needed for the case. It cannot be overstated how important it is to take care of your teeth. If damage does occur to your teeth it is important to do something about it quickly, this way it is cheaper and easier and your tooth stays in better health.
Tooth fillings are examples of partial tooth restorations. A filling replaces a small area of tooth lost to a cavity. A cavity is an area of decay on a tooth caused by acids released from harmful bacteria in the mouth. If those acids reach the tooth pulp it can cause an infection and severe toothache pain. The cavity must be cleaned out and then plugged up with a filling to prevent future damage. A crown replace all of the visible tooth structure. This is used when the extent of the damage requires a more secure dental restoration.
When teeth are lost full tooth restorations are needed. The best way to replace a tooth is with a dental implant. A dental implant is surgically placed in the bone and a dental crown placed on top, creating a long lasting, strong and realistic tooth restoration. While more expensive initially implants can actually be cheaper over the course of a lifetime than other options such as a dental bridge. A dental bridge uses the adjacent teeth as anchors for a false crown. The disadvantage of this technique is that the adjacent teeth must be cut down to accommodate crowns and over the years have a great deal of stress placed on them, sacrificing their health.
In some cases tooth restorations need to replace multiple teeth or even a full arch of teeth. Dentures are used to replace a full arch and partial dentures replace multiple teeth in an arch. While these options restore the ability to eat and speak they do have problems. After tooth loss bone loss occurs and this means that your mouth changes and dentures that once fit perfectly become extremely uncomfortable and loose. Dental implant dentures utilize strategically placed implants to firmly secure the dentures and make it more like you still have your natural teeth.
If you would like to learn more about your tooth restorations options and would like to speak with an Atlanta dentist, please consider the Atlanta Dental Group PC. Our dental office has over 45 years of combined experience serving Atlanta’s dental needs. Our dentists and staff are dedicated to our patients’ good health and well being and our goal is to make your visit as pleasant as possible. You are welcome to join our family of patients, whatever your dental needs may be. If you would like to schedule a dental consultation with any of our Atlanta dentists, call us at 404-874-7428 to make an appointment.