Restorative dentistry diagnoses and treats oral health issues that have structurally damaged your teeth to restore your smile to good working order. Your smile can be damaged in several ways, including teeth that are decayed or fractured. Severe decay and injury can hinder your ability to chew and speak properly. What’s more, extensive decay can also spread to neighboring teeth and cause pain and inflammation. You may also experience severe tooth discoloration if your tooth pulp becomes infected. At Smile Now Dental Studio, our dentists can offer many treatments to treat problematic teeth and restore your smile’s natural appearance and functionality. The following are some of them:
A dental crown is a cap placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, and strength or improve its appearance. As a restorative prosthetic, a crown can resolve various issues ranging from a crack or chip to discoloration or misalignment. The crown may be made of several materials, including metals, ceramics, resin composites, and porcelain. Regardless of material, the size and shape of the crown will be customized to fit comfortably over the affected tooth.
A dental filling is a routine procedure that involves cleaning and filling up a cavity in a tooth. Cavities occur when bacteria erode tooth enamel, creating a hole or cavity. The dentist will first remove the decayed portion of the tooth and clean the affected area. After the cavity is completely clean, the dentist will fill the space with a filling material that will form a solid bond with your remaining tooth structure to prevent the material from being removed. The material will then be cured with a special light before the tooth is polished to restore your healthy smile.
Dental implants are posts surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace missing tooth roots. They are made from biocompatible materials like titanium that do not trigger an immune response in the body. The implant is integrated into the jawbone in a process known as osseointegration. This creates a strong, stable foundation for the restoration on top of it. Once the bone has healed around the implants and integrated them with the jaw, our dentist can attach the abutments. These abutments are connected to the implant posts with small screws, which can be removed if necessary. Your dentist will also temporarily restore the implant sites until the dental lab fabricates your final crown, bridge, or denture. This temporary restoration is usually made of acrylic. It fits over or around the final prosthesis to give you the appearance of a complete smile while your permanent treatment is being created in the lab.
A denture is a custom-made removable appliance that fits into your mouth and replaces one or more missing teeth. They are designed to stay in while you eat and speak but can be removed for thorough cleanings.
Complete dentures are used when all the natural teeth are lost or removed from the upper or lower jaw. They fit snugly over the gums to replace the missing teeth. On the other hand, partial dentures are used when you still have healthy natural teeth remaining. The partial denture fills the gap in your smile with artificial teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base that matches your surrounding gum tissue. It clips into place using your remaining teeth to hold it securely.
Patients who have lost their upper or lower teeth can benefit from implant-supported dentures as a permanent replacement alternative. An implant-supported denture is affixed to dental implants, which provides more stability and support. They are also known as implant-supported overdentures and are ideal for individuals who are missing all their upper or lower teeth. Overdentures can sometimes improve facial appearances in people who have lost a lot of bone in their jaws.
Root Canal Treatment
A root canal procedure is used to treat an infected or injured tooth whose dental pulp is damaged or infected. This infection can occur from deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the same tooth, a crack in the tooth, or trauma to the face resulting in nerve damage and the tooth dying. During a root canal procedure, your dentist will remove the damaged dental pulp. The root canal chamber will then be cleaned and sealed to prevent further infection. Depending on the tooth's condition during the procedure, the dentist may place a temporary crown over it to protect it until a permanent restoration can be placed.
Get in touch with Smile Now Dental Studio at 1282 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104, or call (626) 797-3451 to determine the best dental solution for you. Our practice offers various dental services to ensure our patients’ smiles look their best and stay healthy for life.