(Re)Make The Most Of Your Smile

July 29, 2016

We all deserve a second chance.

If no one ever got a second try or attempt, think of how little we would accomplish in life.

We’ve all made mistakes, and hopefully, we have learned something from those experiences.

When we make a mistake with our teeth, however, this can pose a problem. We aren’t sharks or alligators, so we aren’t going to grow a new tooth if one falls out or gets damaged.

On the other hand, decades of research has made restorative dentistry better than it’s ever been. Whether you need a single tooth repaired or every tooth in your mouth replaced, it can be done.

And if you live in or near Medford, OR, we welcome you to come to Hillcrest Family Dentistry for your restorative treatment.

What Is Restorative Dentistry?

You probably realize that restorative dentistry includes a range of services.

The goal of restorative dentistry is two-fold.

The first goal is to restore the function of your teeth. In a real sense, your teeth are the start of your digestive process. You use your teeth to separate your food into manageable bites. Then, you use your teeth to chew that food, which is a way to grind it into even smaller pieces that can be handled by your stomach.

The second purpose of restorative dental care is to recreate your smile. Our smiles say a lot about how we feel.

A person who smiles easily usually is considered confident, friendly, and trustworthy. A person who doesn’t like their teeth, regardless of the reason, may not smile as frequently. That too can shape how people feel about that person.

Some Basic Restorative Procedures

You know restorative dentistry is an umbrella term that covers a lot of things. So, let’s talk about some of the specific reasons you may need restorative care.

► You Have A Cavity.

As common as cavities are, they can still make us self-conscious about our smiles. Tooth decay affects more than 90 percent of American adult during their lives, but there are multiple ways to address this problem.

The first is with dental bonding. This uses a composite material to fill in the opening created by the decay. This material more closing matches the color of teeth, which makes it less noticeable than other kinds of fillings.

For large cavities, a dental crown would be a better option. To get a dental crown, we remove the decayed and weakened parts of your tooth to form an abutment. Then we design a dental crown for you. It will look like one of your natural teeth when it’s bonded in place.

► You Lost A Tooth.

Lost and missing teeth are a more common than they should be. It’s not as common as tooth decay, but it happens more than you may realize.

It’s also why people have been replacing teeth with a number of things (such as stones, seashells, and bones) for centuries. Fortunately for our patients, modern materials are more lifelike and stronger than ever.

Porcelain dental bridges are one way to fill the gap in your smile. To get a bridge, we reshape both teeth on either side of your missing tooth like we do for a dental crown.

The bridge is made by connecting three dental crowns together and bonding the crowns on each end to the teeth that have been reshaped.

And a complete tooth replacement start with dental implants. Modern dental implants are made of titanium, and they are embedded in your jaw to replace the root of your missing tooth. Once the implant is in place, we can place a dental crown on the end to create a new “tooth” for you.

If you are missing multiple teeth we can use multiple implants to support a dental bridge as well.

► You No Longer Have Teeth.

More than 30 million people in the United States are missing a complete row of teeth. Once upon a time, dentures were your only option to replace them.

Today, however, you can get implant-supported dentures. By placing multiple dental implants in your jaw, we create a stable base for your dentures. This makes your dentures stronger, which means they act more like real teeth.

To put that another way, you can eat more of the foods you like with implant-supported dentures are much closer to a true teeth replacement than dentures alone.

Do You Have Questions About Restorative Dentistry?

You may be wondering if dental restoration could recreate your smile and the function of your teeth. The best way to find out is to schedule a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Vareldzis, at our office in Medford, OR.

To do that, use our online form or call 541-930-8036 to make your appointment at Hillcrest Family Dentistry.

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