If you need to rebuild your smile or replace multiple teeth, restorative dentistry is here to help. Restorative dentistry is a type of dentistry that allows us to restore smiles that have been plagued with oral health issues and even cosmetic flaws. At Young Family Dental, here is what we use restorative dentistry to correct.
What is Restorative Dentistry?
Restorative dentistry is the integrated management of oral health problems and restoring the mouth to a functional and esthetic state. OralB explains that restorative dentistry is also known as prosthodontic dentistry. The goal is to preserve natural teeth as much as possible. Replacing missing teeth with a dental implant, bridge, full or partial dentures, can help promote dental health. When you fill in the empty spaces in your mouth, you work to prevent cavities in the remaining teeth as plaque buildup can’t occur as easily.
In recent years, implants have proven to be one of the best options for replacing missing teeth. An implant acts just like a natural tooth by using a titanium root screwed into the bone to hold a crown or denture above the gumline. These implants look like natural teeth and can last a lifetime if properly cared for. Dental implants are best for people with one or more missing teeth or those who have damaged, decayed, or broken teeth that can’t be repaired.
Dental bridges are used to close a gap in your teeth by inserting one or more false teeth. The false tooth is supported on either side by crowns that fit over your existing healthy teeth to help keep the false tooth in the correct place. Dental bridges are usually made of porcelain, so they look extremely similar to your other natural teeth. However, if you prefer, there are bridges made out of other materials as well.
Full or Partial Dentures
Living without teeth is not an option for most people, so you need to replace them. When you need to replace several teeth, a denture or partial denture is usually what we will recommend. A full denture will replace all of your upper and/or lower teeth. However, if you still have some natural teeth remaining, we offer partial dentures to replace only the ones that you have missing.
Preventing the Need for Restorative Dentistry
While we have all these modern advancements in dentistry that help us restore your smile, there are things you can do to try and prevent needing these services. Our teeth are meant to last a lifetime. MedlinePlus offers these tips on how to properly take care of your teeth:
- Floss at least one a day. You should floss after brushing your teeth to remove plaque that is left behind in those tight spaces where a brush can’t reach.
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Brush for at least two minutes each time.
- Use fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride helps strengthen and repair tooth enamel and can prevent tooth decay.
- Replace your toothbrush/toothbrush head every three to four months, but sooner if needed. A toothbrush needs to be replaced when the bristles begin to fray. Further, if you’ve been sick, it’s best to change your toothbrush once you’re healthy again.
- Eat a healthy diet. You are less likely to get gum disease if you eat healthy foods.
- Avoid sweets and sweetened drinks. Eating and drinking excessive amounts of sugar can increase your likelihood of cavities. If you do eat or drink sweets, be sure you are thoroughly cleaning your smile soon afterwards.
- Do not smoke.
- Keep dentures, retainers, and other appliances clean by brushing them regularly. If needed, talk with your dentist about soaking them in a cleansing solution.
- Schedule regular checkups with your dentist. You should make an appointment for an exam and clean every six months to maintain the best oral health. If you have oral health conditions already, you may need to visit the dentist every three to four months for a thorough cleaning.
Make an Appointment with Young Family Dental
At Young Family Dental, we are here for you no matter where your current oral health stands. If you have missing teeth, our dentists will work alongside you to give you your smile back through restorative dentistry services. To learn more, make an appointment at one of our five convenient locations today. You can find us in the following Utah areas: West Jordan, American Fork, Riverton, Orem, and Saratoga Springs.