Restorative Dental Care in Little Rock
Restorative dentistry is used to restore the proper function of teeth. From fillings and crowns, to bridges and dentures, there are numerous pathways to restore teeth to their healthiest possible function. This term is used to describe any method to replace or repair missing or damaged teeth.
The dental experts at Arkansas Family Dental implement the methods of restorative and cosmetic dentistry synergistically. We will work to provide you the best possible functionalities of your teeth, and take it a step further to help you achieve your vision of a perfect smile through cosmetic dentistry.
The foundation of a perfect smile begins with restorative care. When every tooth is properly functioning, you avoid pains and unpleasantries surrounding your mouth. Chewing food easier, eliminating gaps that cause alignment issues, and having a cleaner and healthier mouth overall are a few of the results achieved through restorative dental care.
Crowns are tooth-shaped covers or caps that act as dental restorations for fractured, weak, or otherwise misshapen teeth. They can also be used to support a filling or bridge and cover a dental implant. A crown is placed over the damaged tooth, which protects and strengthens the tooth’s structure. By placing a crown over damaged teeth, you can return to normal functions like chewing food or simply having an even bite again.
A bridge is a series of crowns fused together used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. They are permanently cemented to your existing teeth and can be fabricated with porcelain, a combination of porcelain and metal, or gold. A bridge can be used to “bridge” the gap between real teeth and missing teeth. Function is restored in the mouth since the bridge will work just like your real teeth, while also keeping the rest of your teeth aligned.
Full dentures are removable prosthetic teeth appliances that restore smiles for patients who have lost all of their teeth, whether on the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both. Some denture wearers utilize adhesives or dental implants to stabilize dentures during everyday use. With modern denture technology, your teeth can both look and feel natural.
Essentially removable bridges, partial dentures are made to replace missing teeth. They are made of a molded acrylic plate that mimics your gums and holds false teeth. This attaches to natural teeth on either side of a space by metal or acrylic attachments. While dentures will improve the function of your mouth, patients find them to be not as similar to their own teeth as crowns and bridges. They also require more upkeep to take care of; however, partial dentures can be a more cost effective option.
Fillings are used to fill fissures in the teeth after cavities have been removed due to decay. They can be made using silver-colored metal amalgam or tooth-colored resin. A filling is used to fill an area where a cavity has been removed, thus restoring the tooth’s function and preventing infection from spreading.
Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. Each implant consists of a metal post placed into your jawbone, which is then capped by a crown. They can also be used to retain and stabilize dentures. Dental implants are the closest you can get to full restoration of a tooth.
If you have any concerns about damaged or missing teeth, contact us today to set up an appointment. Through an oral exam, we can help develop a game plan with the best recommended pathway for your individual needs. Through restorative dentistry, you can live the life you want. Smiling, laughing, and eating confidently without worrying about your teeth is just a phone call away.