Restorative Dentistry in Ballwin MO
Restorative dentistry focuses on teeth that need to be repaired or replaced. The goal of restorative dentistry is less about the cosmetic side of things, and focuses more on the functionality of your teeth and the overall health of your mouth.
With that being said, restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry
do often go hand-in-hand, because many restorative procedures will not only make your teeth and mouth healthier but they will make your smile look better.
If you’re unsure about what restorative dentistry actually covers or if it’s the right solution for you, we’ve broken it down into categories for you.
Take a look at some of these common restorative procedures. You don’t have to suffer with teeth that are painful, unsightly, or hindering your everyday way of life. By scheduling an appointment with our office, we can offer a consultation to give you clearer information about the type of restorative procedure you might need. In the meantime, let’s look at some of the options.
Dental crowns are used for a variety of reasons, but their main purpose is to cover the surface of a tooth to help return it to a normal size and shape. Not only will that help your tooth to look better, but it will allow it to function without pain.
Crowns can be used to cover implants, to restore a broken tooth, to protect your teeth from cracking, or even to attach to a bridge, among other things. Depending on which tooth needs a crown, you can choose from a few different materials, including gold alloy for your back teeth or full porcelain for teeth that are more exposed when you smile.
A bridge is used when you’re missing one or more teeth. Think of it as a way to “bridge” the gap between the space of your missing tooth. Bridges are often an alternative to dentures when you don’t need all or most of your teeth replaced, but just a few.
Traditional dental bridges are quite popular because of their durability and strength. They also look just like real teeth and can help to restore your natural bite and prevent shifting often caused by missing teeth.
Dentures are probably the most commonly-known type of restorative dentistry. The truth is, more people have dentures than you might think, and that includes people of all ages!
Dentures are used to replace missing teeth and tissue. They are removable, and you can choose from either complete or partial dentures, depending on the state of your teeth and the health of your mouth.
If you have already lost some of your teeth or it is determined after a dental appointment that many of them need to be removed, you may be a perfect candidate for dentures. They can absolutely restore your smile and improve the overall health of your mouth. It can take a bit of time to get used to dentures, but they are designed to perfectly fit your mouth and add to your lifestyle, not make things difficult.
Dental implants are the perfect solution for a missing tooth. Not only are they designed to look exactly like the rest of your teeth, but they can help your other teeth from shifting out of place, causing problems with your bite.
Implants don’t stress the teeth adjacent to them, like a bridge can sometimes do. Additionally, they are a permanent, fixed solution that you never have to worry about removing or taking extra care of. You’ll simply care for your implants the same way you would with your other teeth. In fact, they can last a lifetime if you take proper care of them!
Most people don’t necessarily think of root canals as a restorative form of dentistry. But, root canals are used to save your existing teeth, so they don’t have to be extracted.
No dentist wants a patient to have to lose any of their teeth. Keeping your real, permanent teeth is always the goal. Sometimes, however, teeth are too rotten or they’re affecting your oral health in such a way that they need to be extracted.
If a dentist believes a tooth can be saved, a root canal may be performed. If you have pain while you’re eating, sensitivity to hot or cold foods, or consistent pain in your mouth, you may need a root canal as soon as possible in order to save your affected tooth.
A root canal procedure starts with X-rays to determine where there is an infection, and how far it goes. If it’s determined that the procedure is needed, a root canal simply allows the dentist to remove the infected pulp from the tooth, so it stops decaying and doesn’t spread further.
If you’ve heard negative things about root canals in the past, try to clear your mind. Thanks to advancements in anesthesia and numbing agents, you will be as comfortable as possible during the procedure.
Whether you just need a dental cleaning or a full mouth reconstruction, Dr. Postol can help.
In some cases, a full reconstruction of your teeth is needed in order to improve your oral health and restore your smile. Maybe you’ve neglected your teeth for years. Or, maybe you didn’t have the means to access adequate dental care.
Whatever the case, full-mouth reconstruction is nothing to be ashamed of. It typically involves several different types of treatments to ensure you’re getting the best solutions to restore your oral health. Full-mouth reconstructions can consist of crowns and bridges, fillings, inlays, and implants. It typically takes several different appointments in order to complete a reconstruction. But, by the time we’re finished, you will have a healthy mouth, you won’t have to live through daily pain when you’re doing things like eating, and you can be confident in your beautiful smile.
If you’re considering any type of restorative dentistry or you’d like more information, feel free to contact our team. Dr. Kevin F. Postol
will be happy to discuss your options when it comes to the restoration of your teeth, so you can feel confident in making the best decision for the health of your mouth.
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