Giving You Back Your Wonderful Smile
Dental Implants, Crowns, & Bridges
Dentists use a variety of techniques to restore your natural appearance and mouth function. Restorative dentistry usually falls into four main categories: fillings, crowns, bridges and implants. We use composite resin (a tooth colored bonding material) or ceramic to give your teeth a natural appearance.
Sometimes a cavity is large enough to weaken the tooth structure. In these cases, we use a crown, which is a cap placed over the tooth and cemented in place to provide structure and strength. We also use crowns to repair broken teeth.
Are You Missing Teeth?
If you have missing teeth, our restorative dentistry offers two options. We can construct a bridge and place it in the gap where you have missing teeth. Bridges are an excellent way to ensure that your other teeth do not shift out of place. Once we place the bridge, it functions just as your natural teeth do.
A dental implant is another restorative dental option used to replace missing teeth. We implant a metal anchor into the jawbone and then craft a false tooth that sits on that anchor. Over time, the bone grows into the anchor, and the dental implant has the form, function and feel of a natural tooth.
Caring for your Restorative Dentistry Work
Caring for your restorative dentistry work is no different than the oral hygiene you already do to protect your natural teeth and keep them looking their best. The best practices for oral hygiene include:
- Twice daily brushing.
- Daily flossing around crowns, bridges and implants.
- Avoidance of hard, sticky foods that might damage your dental work.
- Regular use of antibacterial mouthwash to fight bacteria and plaque buildup.
We may recommend that you use an electric toothbrush to get a more thorough clean around your restorative dental work.
The Ellicott Mills Difference
Restorative dentistry is not the same as cosmetic dentistry. Restorative dentistry is primarily designed to restore mouth function. Filling spaces caused by missing teeth can keep your other teeth properly aligned. Replacement teeth can also make it easier to maintain good oral hygiene as well as good overall health.
Having said that, restorative dentistry can definitely improve your appearance and fix any self-esteem issues you may have because of your missing or damaged teeth.
If you need restorative dental work, come see us at Ellicott Mills Dental. Our professional team is ready to review your case and get you on the road to restoration. Call today to book a free consultation or to schedule an appointment.