When you need restorative dental work, know there have never been more options for restorations that look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth.
Types of restorations
Fillings are the most common and simplest of restorative procedures. If fluoride treatments, products, and other interventions are not sufficient to prevent tooth decay, a filling may be needed to fill in the cavity created by this progressive condition. Fillings are made from a number of different materials, including highly esthetic tooth-colored composite resin or porcelain.
Inlays and onlays bridge the gap between decay that is too advanced for fillings and decay that does not require a more extensive procedure, such as a crown. For this reason, these restorations are considered a conservative alternative to crowns. Instead of applying the restorative material directly to the tooth in one visit like a filling, inlays and onlays are created in a lab as might be done with a crown. Those restorations known as inlays are applied in the center of the tooth, while onlays are applied when at least one of the cusps or points of the tooth are affected or when full coverage is required to restore the entire chewing surface.
Crowns are like a cap or thimble that is designed to fit snugly over the entire tooth structure. The crown is created from impressions and the shade is chosen to match the rest of the teeth. In some cases, root canal therapy may be needed before the crown is placed to clean out and remove infected tissue from the center of the tooth.
Bridges are designed to replace missing teeth. A 3-unit bridge includes the replacement tooth or pontic as well as a crowned tooth on each side of the pontic. Like the bridge you drive over, the two adjacent teeth are the supports that hold your new tooth securely in place.
Dentures can replace many or all of your teeth. Dr. Martin uses the best modern science and technology has to offer – Fountain of Youth Dentures™. This option uses neuromuscular principles, taking into account the muscles that support your jaws, to develop a cosmetic denture with many benefits, from optimal function to restoring youthful contours and smoothing wrinkles.
Implants are widely considered the preferred tooth replacement option. Like all procedures, implant-supported crowns may not be suitable for every patient. If they are determined to be the best treatment for you, a titanium post will be surgically placed into your jawbone. The implant fuses with the underlying bone, creating a strong foundation for your new tooth.
There are restorative dental procedures in Richmond VA to address whatever your tooth needs, to get you feeling better in general and feeling better about the way you look.
Last Updated - February 2016
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