Restorative dental procedures improve smiles affected by tooth decay or damage. Dr. Carl Horchos of Chestnut Dental Associates in Downington, PA, shares some information about a few common restorative techniques.
Improving the function and appearance of teeth
A variety of restorative treatments is used to repair damage and transform teeth marred by imperfections, including:
- Fillings: Fillings, one of the most important restorative procedures, protect teeth after decay has been removed. Silver amalgam or composite resin filling materials seal the hole in your tooth, which not only makes it possible to chew on the tooth but also prevents bacteria from invading it.
- Crowns: Crowns slip over teeth and provide superior protection and stability for damaged teeth. They're created using an impression of your mouth to ensure that your new restoration fits perfectly. Crowns are often recommended if your tooth breaks due to a blow to your mouth or a crack, or if your tooth has been weakened by a dental procedure. Although crowns provide the protection damaged teeth need, they can also conceal flaws, such as oddly shaped or pitted teeth or teeth that have become discolored due to side effects from antibiotics or other medications.
- Bridges: Would you like to replace a missing tooth? Bridges, an excellent tooth replacement option, feature artificial teeth suspended between two crowns. After Dr. Horchos checks the fit of your new bridge in his Downington office, he'll permanently attach your bridge to your teeth to ensure that it doesn't slip or move when you eat.
- Dental veneers: Dental imperfections don't always affect your entire tooth. If you're concerned about a chip in the front of your tooth or don't like the gaps between your teeth, you'll want to consider veneers. These tooth-shaped pieces of porcelain are bonded to the fronts of your teeth, providing excellent coverage for discolorations and minor flaws.
- Dentures: Removable dentures can help you regain your ability to eat your favorite foods if you've lost all of your teeth. Depending on the number of teeth you've lost, you may want to choose full or partial dentures.
Protect your smile with restorative dental procedures. Call your Downington, PA, general dentist, Dr. Horchos of Chestnut Dental Associates, at (484) 364-4292 to schedule your appointment.