Caring for your teeth and gums is vitally important, but despite doing this, you may have a severe dental health problem that requires a special restoration. There are times that Dr. Wendy Willoughby, DDS will tell you that a dental restoration is necessary to save a tooth, but you may also want restorations for aesthetic reasons. Here are some of the most common reasons for needing a dental restoration:
• Chipping a tooth during an accident or while chewing hard food
• A large cavity in a tooth from extensive decay
• Dislodging a tooth during an accident
• A severe infection in a tooth that requires a root canal
• Grinding your teeth until the enamel is cracked
• Having acid reflux that leads to erosion of the dental enamel
• Stained teeth from smoking or consuming certain foods
• Periodontal disease that leads to a loss of teeth
• Total loss of teeth due to a severe health problem
• Poor dietary habits that lead to decayed or soft teeth
The goal of restorative dentistry is to repair a tooth as much as possible so that it will function normally and look beautiful. In the past, dental restorations were primarily made to restore function with metal materials, but today, dentists want to create an aesthetically pleasing smile. In addition, it is important for the dental restoration to work properly with the other teeth in your mouth, and it shouldn’t cause any problems with daily activities such as chewing food or talking.
What Are the Different Types of Dental Restorations?
Dr. Willoughby offers a large assortment of dental restoration procedures, and these are customized to fit each patient correctly. In addition, most dental restorations are made to match the color of the other teeth in the mouth or if all of your teeth are being replaced with dentures or dental implants, then the dentist will create dental crowns that are in a color that looks great with your skin tone.
Some dental restorations only take a few minutes to place into a tooth, but other restorations require several hours or weeks to place in your mouth. Dr. Willoughby will collect medical images and molds to make dental restorations. Some of the information is analyzed by computer software to make the restorations that will fit correctly and look attractive. You may need surgery before a restoration because you have an infection or damage that requires repair first. If you are interested in learning more, the educated staff at Chestnut Family Dentistry in Asheville, NC would be more than happy to help! Contact us today to schedule your consultation!