What is Restorative Dentistry?
The term "restorative dentistry" refers to the management of oral health issues and restoring the mouth to a functional and aesthetic state. Restorative dentistry helps repair your teeth, gums, and other surrounding structures. The following restorative procedures help rejuvenate and protect your overall oral health:
- Fillings are among the most common restorations. Teeth can be filled with composite, silver amalgam, or gold.
- A crown is a prosthetic cap that is placed over a tooth to restore shape, strength, and appearance.
- Implants replace a tooth from the root to the crown. Implant posts are typically made of titanium and placed into the jawbone and topped with a prosthetic crown.
- Dentures are a fixed or removable prosthetic that replaces two or more teeth in a row. They often are made of acrylic resin and then combined with metal components for added strength.
- Bridges are prosthetics designed to bridge a gap created by one or more teeth are missing. They are anchored to the two teeth on either side of the gap by crowns.
Reasons for Restorative Dentistry
Restorations can be customized to meet your unique needs. There are many reasons you may need one or more of these procedures, including:
- Filling in unattractive spaces between teeth
- Improve or correct an improper bite
- Prevent the loss of a tooth
- Relieve dental pain
- Repair damaged and decayed teeth
- Replace missing teeth
- Replace old, unattractive dental treatments
- Restore normal eating and chewing ability
Types of Restorative Dentistry
At Billings Bridge Dental Centre, your dentist wants you to be confident about your smile.
A few types of restoration services the Centre offers are:
- Dental implants
- Dentures & Partial Dentures
- Fixed Bridges
- Root Canal Therapy
- Composite Filling
- Crowns (caps)
What Are Dental Implants?
Despite advancements in dental care, millions of Canadians still suffer from tooth loss. The leading causes of this are tooth decay, periodontal disease, or injury. In the past, the only treatment options for tooth loss were bridges and dentures. Today, dental implants are now an option for many people.
Dental implants can replace your tooth from the root to the crown and provide both function and aesthetic value. Implants provide a permanent solution for missing teeth and are easy to care for. Brush and floss as usual and be sure to attend your twice-yearly dental check-ups.
How Successful Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants generally have up to a 98% success rate, depending on the location they are placed in. With dedicated care, implants can last a lifetime. Implants are surgically placed in your jaw, providing stimulation to the bone to help prevent loss of density and maintain a youthful facial appearance.
What Is the Dental Implant Process?
To determine your oral health and if you qualify for the procedure, a dental implant treatment will consist of multiple appointments:
Your dentist examines your gum health and any adjacent teeth to determine whether extraction or periodontal treatment is necessary before implants are placed.
Your jaw bone quality is also checked to determine whether you need a bone graft to improve your jaw integrity.
After placing the implant post, you will need some time to heal. During that time your final restoration will be fabricated at a professional lab.
You will have a final appointment for the placement of your permanent crown. After your implant procedure is complete, we recommend that you visit us for cleaning and preventive measures every six months.
What Are My Implant-Supported Options?
Implants can be used to replace one tooth or several. The type of implant will depend on the number of missing teeth needing to be restored.
Implant- Supported Crowns - Implanted crowns can replace one lost tooth permanently and effectively. The crown will be colored and shaped to match with your teeth to deliver a beautiful result.
Implant-Supported Bridge - For extra stability, an implant may be connected to your bridge. An implanted bridge utilizes one post that is connected to your new teeth.
Implant-Supported Partial Denture - To restore several, but not all your teeth on one arch, implant posts are carefully placed then connected to your customized partials.
Implant-Supported Full Dentures - When you're missing all your teeth on your top or bottom arch, implanted full dentures are a good choice. After four to six implants have been placed and healed into your gums and jawbone, dentures can be connected.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants have many benefits that include the following:
- Dental implants help preserve your facial structure and reduce the chance of other dental issues as well as a sunken facial structure.
- Dental implants prevent adjacent teeth from moving and reduce the chance of losing more teeth.
- Dental implants will help you gain back the confidence to converse, eat, and smile while out in public without all the worry of your dentures shifting.
- Implant supported restorations don’t require any special attention. You can eat almost all foods and resume a regular oral health care routine.
What About Traditional Dentures?
Partial and complete traditional removable dentures are still viable options for replacing your missing teeth. Talk to your dedicated dentist at Billings Bridge Dental Centre about your out-of-pocket costs and benefit coverage for removable restorations and other treatments for gum disease or extraction when considering dentures. You may be a candidate for dentures if you're missing teeth or are scheduled for several extractions, or if you have bone loss.
How Long Does It Take to Get Dentures?
Traditional denture appointments on average take 2-3 visits with additional appointments for extraction or gum treatment if needed. We take digital impressions and send them to a professional laboratory to create your final denture plate and then schedule your next appointment approximately two weeks later. When your dentures are complete, your dentist will make any necessary adjustments and teach you how to clean your restoration effectively. We encourage prevention follow-up exams to check for any needed repairs or adjustments.
Rebuild Your Smile with Dental Restorations
A damaged or incomplete smile can have a strong effect on your quality of life. Fortunately, you can enjoy a fully functional, natural smile thanks to the effective treatments of restorative dentistry.
Billings Bridge Dental Centre enjoys helping Ottawa residents create healthier smiles and improved overall oral health. Your dentist provides personalized treatment to help you enjoy a complete and healthy smile for a lifetime.
Could your smile be in better shape? Find out what we can do for you with restorative dentistry!
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