Protecting Your Smile with Effective Dental Restorations
Tooth loss or damage can have a serious impact on your oral health and overall quality of life. Restorations help to put an end to these consequences by helping to repair, replace, and restore your smile.
Dr. Richard C. Brown, DDS and his compassionate staff provide skilled restorative dentistry to residents in Carmichael and the surrounding Sacramento communities. Whether you need a simple filling or a more complex tooth replacement, we use our skill and experience to help you select and receive the ideal restoration for you.
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What Do Restorations Do?
A restoration is any service or dental appliance that helps to restore your tooth to its normal, natural function. There are a variety of restorative dental services, including:
- Fixed Bridges
- Dentures and Partial Dentures
- Dental Implants
At our office, we provide restorations of all types, with each service customized to your unique smile needs.
Who Should Get Restorations?
If you have damage to a tooth from accident or decay, or have lost a tooth to damage, gum disease, or another cause, a restoration can help. Without some kind of restoration to address the issue, your dental health can gradually get worse. Problems like infection, wear on teeth, and even tooth and bone loss are common consequences.
How Do I Choose the Right Restoration for Me?
There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to dental damage or tooth loss. To determine which restoration will best serve your smile, Dr. Brown and his team begin with a thorough examination of your dental health. This information helps the dentist to talk you through your options and make a recommendation.
Which restoration you choose will depend on many factors, including the type and location of the damage, your lifestyle habits, budget, and desired results. Having a better understanding of the different types of restoration can help you choose the one that makes the most sense for you.
When to Consider a Dental Filling
Tooth decay is an unfortunately common dental problem. When the bacteria in our mouths creates plaque and tartar, it wears away into the enamel, gradually destroying it. Fillings protect your teeth by sealing off the affected area, preventing further decay. They are the least invasive restoration option and considered a vital first step to helping you save your tooth.
What Kinds of Fillings Can I Get?
There are two main types of fillings: metal (amalgam) and white (composite). Metal fillings have been in use longer and are considered more durable. However, many patients today prefer the white fillings for their appearance, as well as rising concerns about the types of metals used in amalgam fillings.
Composite fillings do have other advantages. Because they can bond to the enamel and fill smaller spaces, the dentist can preserve more of the natural enamel when placing the filling. White fillings are also becoming stronger and more durable every year, and are quickly becoming as reliable as metal fillings.
Should I Replace My Metal Filling with a White Filling?
There are a few reasons why it might be a good idea to replace a filling. The dentist will discuss with you how your filling is doing, and whether replacing a filling now or later is the smarter choice.
Your filling might need replacement if:
It’s become chipped or cracked;
The seal on the tooth has failed, creating a leak into the enamel pocket;
You’re unhappy with the appearance of the metal filling;
You’ve developed an allergy to the metal, or are concerned about possible health effects.
Do I Need a Crown?
Crowns cover the entire tooth and protect them from outside damage and decay. The dentist typically recommends a crown when a tooth is vulnerable to damage from daily use or has a large restoration. If you are unsure of why you might need a crown, Dr. Brown and his team will be happy to answer any questions.
What Type of Crown Should I Get?
Dental crowns come in three main types, each with its own benefits.
Metal: The sturdiest type of crown, it can protect your teeth from decay and damage, and can withstand daily use. May use precious metals such as gold or silver.
Porcelain: A discreet restoration, porcelain is colored to match your surrounding teeth for seamless protection.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal: This restoration offers the strength and durability of a metal crown while maintaining aesthetics with its porcelain coating.
Choosing the right type will depend on several factors, such as whether the tooth being crowned is a front tooth or a molar, and what your preferred aesthetic is.
What are Crowns Used For?
Crowns are probably best known for protecting teeth that have had severe decay, but they have a wide variety of uses. You might receive a crown:
- After a root canal
- To protect a cracked or fractured tooth
- To preserve a large filling
- To support a dental bridge
- To restore a misshapen or worn tooth
- To complete a dental implant
Trying to Decide on a Crown? Here’s What You Should Ask the Dentist
- Should I choose a metal or porcelain crown?
- Does my insurance cover crowns?
- How do I care for my crown?
- How will a crown affect my smile?
Filling the Gap with a Fixed Bridge
When you’re missing one to three teeth in a row, a bridge can be a good tooth replacement option. Supported by the neighboring teeth, bridges provide a functioning tooth for you to smile, speak, and chew with.
What Types of Bridges are Available?
Bridges come in four different types. The best one for you will depend on several factors, such as the number of missing teeth and the location where the bridge will sit.
Traditional Bridges These consist of replacement teeth supported between two real teeth. The natural teeth are crowned to act as anchors for the replacements.
Cantilever Bridges Similar to a traditional bridge, but the replacements are only anchored to a real tooth on one side. This type is a good choice when a second support tooth is not available.
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Maryland (Bonded) Bridges
This bridge uses a wing-shaped framework to attach to the backs of the supporting teeth rather than using crowns. This has less impact on your real teeth, but may not withstand constant chewing. Generally recommended for the front teeth rather than for chewing molars.
The sturdiest and most permanent restoration, these bridges are held in place by an implant inserted into the jaw bone like a tooth root. Thanks to this support, there’s no need to alter the nearby teeth.
Why Replace a Missing Tooth?
The effects of a missing tooth are much more serious than simple aesthetic issues. When a tooth goes missing, chewing pressure causes the other teeth to shift into the empty space, ruining your alignment. Your ability to chew in that area is also diminished, which can cause digestive problems.
Furthermore, your jaw depends on stimulation from the tooth root to stay strong. Without the root, the jaw bone gradually shrinks in a process called resorption. This affects your facial structure, eating and speaking, and more.
Getting Your Smile Back with Dentures
Dentures have been around for centuries, and thanks to advances in techniques and materials, they’re more reliable than ever. Whether you need a few teeth replaced or an entire arch, a full or partial denture can be customized to fit your situation.
When Are Dentures a Good Idea?
Dentures can be effective replacements when you’re missing multiple teeth in your smile, especially if your remaining teeth aren’t as healthy. Missing several teeth makes it difficult for you to speak, eat, or smile confidently. Dentures provide realistic teeth to help you do and enjoy all the things you used to.
My Dentures Don’t Fit As Well As They Used To
If you’ve had dentures for months or years, you may notice they don’t fit as well. This can be due to many factors, including:
- Jaw bone loss
- Gum disease
- Teeth shifting
- Wear on the dentures
If this happens, make an appointment with Dr. Brown. He will evaluate your dentures to determine what has changed the fit, and what action needs taking. In some cases, a simple adjustment or reline can help the dentures feel more secure.
If the fit has changed significantly, a new set of dentures may be needed. It’s not uncommon for dentures to need replacing after several years of use.
New to Dentures? Consider These 5 Denture Care Tips
- Clean your dentures every day.
- Don’t use a normal toothbrush on your dentures. (It might scratch them.)
- Use a cloth or towel to protect your dentures from fall damage.
- Don’t let your dentures dry out.
- Always take your dentures to the dentist for repairs.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
A dental implant consists of three parts: the implant post, the dental crown, and the abutment that holds the crown in place. The implant is inserted into the jaw bone and acts as a tooth root. Because the implant is made of body-safe titanium, the bone actually fuses with the implant, making it strong and secure.
When placed correctly, a dental implant can last a lifetime. If the crown is ever damaged or dislodged, it’s a simple and painless process to replace.
What are the Benefits of Implants?
Implants offer a wide variety of benefits. They allow you to enjoy:
- Better strength and reliability
- Fully restored dental function
- Jaw bone preservation
- Bite alignment protection
- No slipping or poor fit
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
It’s important to determine that your oral structure can support dental implants. Dr. Brown performs a thorough examination to evaluate whether your implants can be placed successfully. He will go over your dental health in detail and explain how implants fit into your unique situation.
Dental implants require an overall healthy oral environment. If you have underlying health issues, such as gum disease, this will need to be treated first. Implants also require good jaw bone strength for support. If the jaw bone has shrunk, a bone graft can help to add density and ensure the implant is secure.
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Does it Hurt to Get Implants?
You don’t need to worry about feeling any discomfort during the implant procedure. As a type of surgery, you will be fully anesthetized while the implant posts are placed. After the procedure, your jaw and gums need a healing period while they accept the implants, which takes time. Be sure to ask what you can do during this period to minimize any discomfort.
Once you’ve fully healed and the implants are secured, you’ll return to our office to place your prosthetic crown, bridge, or denture. This simple process is done in a single visit and is completely painless.
Implants, Dentures, and Bridges: Which is Best for Me?
When it comes to tooth replacement options, all of them can help you enjoy better dental health and function. Choosing the best one depends on your unique dental structure. Dr. Brown takes the time to get to know not only your dental health, but your lifestyle and goals so that he can make the best recommendation for your unique circumstance.
If you’re considering tooth replacement, schedule an appointment with Dr. Brown. A thorough consultation is the first step in helping you enjoy a fully restored smile.
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At the dental office of Dr. Brown, we believe that no one should have to live with an unhealthy or incomplete smile. If you want a reliable and realistic solution to your dental issues, we have the skill, tools, and compassion to help. Call our office and schedule a visit today!