Restorative dentistry is the practice of bringing your missing or damaged teeth back to a sound state, as if nothing ever happened. When a tooth is cracked, or decay has eroded some or much of the tooth’s enamel, a dentist can restore it to it’s most natural and fully functioning state by use of a tooth-colored dental filling.
Having a filling requires our dentist to first numb the tooth, so that your experience is as pain-free as possible. Then, we will remove the decay from the tooth. After all the decay is removed, we will reconstruct the tooth with a super strong filling material and light cure it so that it hardens. After some minor adjusting of the bite, you will be on your way.
Metal fillings of the past may be replaced with composite, tooth-colored fillings also, so this is an option every patient should consider if he/she has older, metal fillings that are starting to break down or look unattractive.
If there isn’t enough tooth structure to support a filling and restore a tooth properly, then generally a crown is highly recommended. A crown is a lab-made synthetic tooth, often consisting of all porcelain, metal fused to porcelain, or gold, which is permanently cemented on top of your reduced tooth. Crowns are often made of tooth colored porcelain in order to look as natural and life-like as possible.
Missing teeth can be unattractive, but thankfully, dentures in Indianapolis and dental bridges offer a solution to this common problem. Full dentures, partial dentures, or dental bridges are usually a fantastic option to replace a single or multiple missing teeth, as they look natural and improve the smile with just a few trips to our office.
Full dentures replace all teeth at the same time, and the dentures are created to match the patient’s facial profile. Normal functioning is returned to the smile when this option is selected. Partial dentures function in a similar manner, but are used when only a few teeth are missing. Replacing missing teeth can help you to eat and enjoy your meals again, and there are also numerous health benefits from properly chewing and digesting your food.
We understand that when a toothache happens, it’s an awful experience. If you need a tooth pulled or extracted, we can help. Our highly trained dentist performs most extractions and oral surgery on-site. That way, you don’t have to go anywhere else to have a tooth removed.
Contact our office today to begin the process of restoring your chewing function and/or your smile.