Restore Your Smile’s Health, Function, and Beauty
Since good dental health is a continuous effort, the most important aspect of dental care is prevention. If an issue develops, then your continued efforts will become more complex as you treat and manage the condition. With the right restorative dentistry procedure, however, we can minimize the damage of destructive dental issues to preserve and restore your smile’s health, beauty, and function.
Common Dental Health Threats
The outer layer of your teeth is called enamel, and is made almost entirely of extremely resilient mineral crystals (mainly calcium and phosphate, with a mix of various other minerals). Underneath this layer is a material called dentin, which makes up the main body of a tooth. When enamel and dentin are damaged, the injury will grow worse from the pressures of biting and chewing. When the layers are compromised by tooth decay (the bacterial infection that causes cavities), then the tissues and nerves inside the tooth can become vulnerable. Infectious oral bacteria can destroy these tissues (necrotic tooth infection), and potentially spread through the tooth’s roots to the surrounding tissues, bone, and teeth.
Why Your Teeth Can’t Restore Themselves
Unlike other parts of your body, your teeth possess only a small number of living tissues, none of which possess the cells needed to self-repair damaged or infected tissues. When a tooth is injured or infected with a cavity, then any damage it incurs will be permanent. To compound matters, the issues that typically cause dental damage will continue to grow worse once they develop until they are treated professionally. The key to effective dental restoration lies in the intricate construct of your teeth, and in the nature of the issues that can threaten them.
What Restorative Dentistry Entails
Fixing tooth damage and treating tooth infections are cornerstones of most restorative dentistry treatments. When teeth are cracked, fractured, or broken, they can usually be restored and protected with lifelike dental crowns after having been cleaned and sanitized. To treat infected teeth, we often employ tooth-colored dental fillings, or for severe cavities, root canal treatment, to stop decay from leading to tooth loss. In extreme cases, if the tooth cannot be saved, then tooth extraction and replacement could be the most beneficial option.
Despite the advanced restorative dentistry treatments at our disposal, saving teeth often requires your own quick action. Even slight hesitation can allow dental issues to grow severe enough that one or more of your teeth are lost, or require extraction. When it occurs, replacing lost teeth is vital to maintaining the health and integrity of the rest of your smile. The severity of your tooth loss, and the specific pattern (if you’ve lost more than one tooth), will determine which is the best tooth replacement option—i.e., a dental bridge, dentures, or other prosthetic supported on one or more dental implants.