What Are the Reasons for Dental Restorations?
There are many reasons why you may need a dental restoration:
Decay. If there’s tooth decay in one area of your mouth, it could spread to another part if not appropriately treated. This will cause pain and discomfort as well as bad breath. It also makes eating difficult because food gets stuck between the decaying areas. A dentist can remove this with a filling that stops further decay from spreading.
Trauma. Sometimes accidents happen when we least expect them. These injuries include things like broken fillings, chipped enamel or cracked crowns. The best way to treat these types of problems is through restorative dentistry. We use materials such as composite resin and porcelain fused to metal. Both have been proven effective at repairing damaged teeth.
Aging. As people age, their teeth naturally become more brittle and prone to breaking. In some cases, they might even crack due to normal wear and tear. To prevent this from happening, we recommend regular checkups so any issues can be identified early on. Then, once a problem has occurred, our team can provide restoration treatments.
Signs You Need a Dental Restoration
If you notice any of the following signs, then it’s time to visit us for treatment:
- Painful chewing
- Difficulty biting into foods
- Bad breath
- Cracked or missing teeth
- Chipping or discoloration around the edges of your teeth
How Do I Know Which Treatment Is Right for Me?
The first step toward getting a dental restoration is visiting us for a consultation appointment. We are here to help you.
Types of Dental Restorations Available in Broken Arrow
We offer patients an array of dental restorations, including:
- Dental fillings
- Dental crowns
- Dental bridges
- Inlays and onlays
- Composite bonding
- Dental Implants
Dental fillings are small plastic discs placed into cavities where decay exists. When placed correctly, they seal off the cavity, preventing bacteria from entering and causing infection. There are two main types of dental fillings available: amalgam (metal) and composite. Amalgams were once considered the gold standard but have come under fire for being potentially toxic over time. Composite resins are now preferred because they don’t contain mercury and are less noticeable than metal fillings.
What are dental crowns? Crowns are made out of either ceramic or porcelain material and cover the entire visible portion of the tooth to give the tooth strength after significant tooth decay. They’re usually recommended after extensive decay occurs around the edges of the tooth. Because they look natural, they blend in better than traditional fillings. However, crowns do require additional preparation before placement.
Dental bridges can replace missing teeth by bridging the gap with an artificial tooth. Dental bridges require the adjacent teeth to the gap to be shaved down to fit the restoration. Dental bridges can improve chewing efficiency and reduce stress on surrounding teeth.
An inlay is used to repair minor damage that’s already present within your existing tooth structure. An overlay covers up larger defects. Onlays are similar to inlays, except they extend beyond the original surface of the tooth. They’re often used to restore multiple surfaces of a single tooth.
This procedure involves using special adhesives to bond together pieces of tooth structure. Bonding helps strengthen weak spots in teeth and prevents future fractures. It also allows us to create custom shapes and sizes.
If you’ve lost one or several teeth, implants may be able to help. What are dental implants? A dental implant is a titanium post surgically inserted into the jawbone. After healing, the bone grows around the post, creating a solid foundation for replacement teeth. This process takes about six months in most cases. Once healed, the new tooth can then be attached permanently. Dental implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth.
Replace Your Metal Fillings
Do you have old and outdated metal fillings? Have you been told that they are failing or need replacement? Or do you feel self-conscious about them when you smile? If so, we recommend replacing them! We use state-of-the-art technology to remove these fillings safely and effectively. We will replace your old and outdated metal fillings with new composite resin fillings. These materials are more durable and longer lasting than their predecessors. You’ll notice no difference between your current filling and the new ones.
Are you ready for dental restoration? We’re ready to help you! Call us now to schedule an appointment.