Posted On 4/18/2022 12:00:00 AM
by Bruce Kanehl
Patients with issues like cracked, fractured, missing, or decayed teeth may need dental restoration work to help improve their smiles. Fortunately, a number of treatment options are available to repair your teeth and return them to their pre-loss condition.
There are many types of dental restoration solutions, ranging from simple to complex. For instance, cavity fillings for tooth decay are relatively simple procedures. Conversely, installing implants to replace missing teeth is slightly more involved. The good news is, that advanced technologies make the dental restoration process much more comfortable and provide more realistic results, regardless of what treatment you need.
Here are the eight most common types of restorations.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, dental implants are now one of the most popular types of dental restorations. They are designed to function and look like your natural teeth, eliminating many of the issues associated with dentures, such as trouble eating and speech difficulties. Implants also prevent common side effects from missing teeth like shifting and jawbone loss. Implants are ideal if you have healthy gums and favorable bone support.
Inlay restorations are custom fillings made from composite material, gold, or tooth-colored porcelain. They’re a great alternative to conventional silver and composite fillings. Also, they’re a terrific solution if you have broken, fractured, or decayed teeth, or if you want to cosmetically enhance your overall smile.
Also known as a “partial crown,” an onlay dental restoration is a perfect choice if your teeth have larger cavities. Since less tooth structure is removed to place an onlay, this solution is often preferred by patients when compared to a crown.
Composite fillings are tooth-colored fillings similar to conventional fillings, except they’re more durable. Designed to withstand stress and resistance, they often last for 10 years or more. And because they’re the same color as the teeth, you will likely find them more visually appealing.
Dental crowns are caps placed on top of your damaged teeth. They protect, cover, and restore a tooth’s shape after significant decay makes the tooth impossible to fix with a conventional dental filling. Typically bonded to your tooth with cement, crowns are made to look just like your natural teeth.
If you have missing teeth, two types of dentures are available to replace them: partial and complete dentures. Unlike dental implants, you can remove dentures. We will fit you with full dentures if all your teeth are missing, and partial dentures if some natural teeth remain. While dentures can take some time to get used to, today’s newest styles are designed to look and feel as close to real teeth as possible.
Considered one of the most cost-effective methods for replacing missing teeth, a fixed bridge typically consists of two or more crowns that close the gap between two or more of your teeth. Bridges are a good option if your managing chronic gum disease, because they aren’t implanted directly into the gum tissue.
Root canals repair and save badly damaged or infected teeth, providing a better alternative to tooth extraction, during a root canal, we remove the tooth’s pulp and then clean and seal the inside of the tooth. Modern technology has made root canals far less painful than they were in the past.
Dental restoration treatments are ideal if you need a smile makeover. Whether it’s one procedure or a full mouth reconstruction, Kanehl Dental Group is equipped to handle it. To learn more about the latest dental restoration techniques and more about the dental services we provide, contact us online today or call us at 904.731.2162 to schedule a consultation.
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