Solving Problems With Restorative Dentistry
We can define restorative dentistry as rehabilitation for teeth.
But restorative dentistry isn’t any one specific thing. It’s a collection of services that can be used independently or together to give something back to our patients.
For one patient, we may be rebuilding his smile. For another, we may be restoring her ability to eat, and for yet another patient, we may be doing both.
In a real sense, restorative care is one of the most rewarding things we do at Parkway Dental.
To find out if we can help you, make an appointment at our dentist office in Snellville, GA.
When Dr. Vakharia and Dr. Patel became dentists, they did so because they had a desire to help people. That perspective is shared by each member of our staff.
It’s why preventive care is a big part of what we do. If we can help you stop a problem before it starts, that easier for everyone.
If you do develop oral health issues, however, we don’t want you to lose hope. No matter how big or how small your problem, we have ways that could bring back your smile.
To illustrate that, we are going to list some of the problems we encounter regularly and how they can be treated.
◼︎ Infected Teeth
Like it or not, the bacteria that cause plaque and tooth decay live in your mouth. When left unchecked, they will eat into your tooth. As they eat deeper and deeper, they can reach the root canals or the pulp chamber.
In either part of your tooth, the bacteria can attack the soft connective tissue and cause it to become inflamed. This leads to an infected tooth and oftentimes pain.
To relieve the pain and repair the tooth, we can perform a root canal treatment, and then seal your tooth with a dental crown or filling.
Experts estimate that up to 36 million people in the United States are missing one or both rows of their teeth. The technical term for this is edentulism.
Odds are you know at least one person who has been affected by this kind of tooth loss.
The best way to deal with this condition is with implant-supported or implant-retained dentures. Both of these options use dental implants to provide a stable foundation of support for your dentures.
Modern dentures can be made with materials that look like natural teeth and are strong enough to function nearly as well as a healthy set of teeth.
Remember the infected tooth we mentioned earlier? This is how it starts with tooth decay that forms a cavity.
The earlier your cavity is detected, the easier it is to repair. A small cavity can be fixed with a composite filling. This kind of filling uses a tooth-colored resin to fill in the hole created by the decay.
With a large cavity, a filling may not be possible. If too much of the tooth has been eaten away, then you will need a dental crown instead. Dental crowns replace the natural crowns of your teeth.
Either of those treatments can stop the progress of the tooth decay long before your tooth becomes infected and a root canal treatment is necessary.
◼︎ Broken Teeth
Broken teeth happen more often than we would like, and we feel confident that most people who do get them don’t want any more.
Repairing broken teeth is similar to fixing a cavity in some ways. Dental crowns can be used to fix this problem as well.
Before we place the crown, however, we need to remove the weaker parts of your tooth. This is similar to removing the decay from your tooth. When your tooth is shaped into an abutment, we can bond a crown in place that looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth.
If your break is really more of a chip, then a dental crown may not be needed. The same composite resin we use for dental fillings can be used for dental bonding. In this procedure, the resin is layered onto your tooth then allows to dry and harden so your tooth looks like it always did.
Keeping You Smiling Is Our Goal
Our dentists want every person in and around Snellville, GA, to have a reason to smile. Even if your teeth need to be repaired or replaced, we would like to discuss how we might be able to help you get back your smile and more.