The very first order of business for any dental office is to keep a close eye on our patients’ teeth and gums through regular cleanings and exams. In this way, we can catch problems as early as possible, then get them fixed before they can cause any further harm.
Restorative dentistry is all about that follow-up. Whatever is wrong with your teeth, gums, jaw, or TMJ, we are here to restore it back to complete health.
Restorations repair missing teeth, broken teeth, cracked teeth, chipped teeth, infections, and the decay of cavities.
Available Treatment Options
Fillings are one of the most common—and certainly most well known—treatments in restoration dentistry. To put it simply, a filling is a patch in the tooth. When a small portion of the tooth has decayed, a composite resin will fill in the space once occupied by that decayed material.
Crowns are less well known, but no less necessary or common. Sometimes the decay or breakage of a tooth cannot be fixed with a simple patch job. It is too extensive, and therefore requires a treatment that is a little more extensive. Crowns fit the bill, here.
They are essentially a cap that covers the entire surface of the tooth with a new unbroken, perfectly-fitted surface. A crown seals away the sensitive interior of the tooth from dangerous bacteria or painful temperature changes.
Inlays and onlays are something of an in-between. If the tooth is too damaged for a minor filling, but doesn’t necessarily require an entire crown replacement, this is the way to go.
Bridges do what they sound like they do. They form a dental bridge over an area where a tooth has been lost. In fact, bridges are exactly like crowns, except that crowns are singular, one-tooth-at-a-time deals. Bridges cover multiple adjacent teeth.
Root canals are not as terrifying as they’ve been made out to be. A root canal procedure is simply the restoration of a cavity that has occured in the root of the tooth, rather than the crown. A thin, flexible tool is used to clean out the damaged area, after which a deep-tooth filling will be applied.
Dental Implants are one of the most popular, most permanent, and most durable options available to replace missing teeth. A dental rod will be placed where the tooth root used to be. Then a crown is attached to the top. These restorations bring full function back to your mouth and keep your gums and jaws healthy all at the same time.
Implant-supported Dentures are a great way to have your bite restored with a full set of teeth that you don’t have to take out, glue in, or remember to bring with you on a trip. A few strategically placed implant rods will support the entire denture structure with minimal inconvenience.
Broken, Cracked, or Missing Teeth? Ask About Restorative Dentistry in Lake Jackson
If you have damaged or missing teeth and would like to learn more about our restorative dentistry options please give us a call, text, or email via the contact form on this page. We serve patients throughout the Lake Jackson and Angleton area!