Tooth loss is extremely common in adults, with more than 36 million Americans without any teeth and 120 million missing at least one tooth. Whether your tooth loss is a result of gum disease, tooth decay, injury, or cancer, restorative dentistry services from City Dental Clinic in Norcross, Georgia, can provide solutions to restore your smile. Call the practice to schedule an appointment with Ifeanyi Ezunu, DDS, and his team, or use the online booking tool to schedule an exam and discuss your treatment options today.
Restorative Dentistry Q & A
What is restorative dentistry?
Restorative dentistry describes procedures and services used to replace damaged or missing teeth to bring your smile back to what it was prior to the damage. Restorative dentistry at City Dental Clinic includes fillings, crowns, implants, root canals, and dentures to restore your teeth and prevent future oral health issues.
How are damaged teeth fixed?
Cavities are repaired with tooth-colored composite dental fillings at City Dental Clinic instead of silver amalgam fillings. These composite dental fillings promote long-term oral health while providing natural-looking results.
If tooth decay is extensive or the tooth is infected, your dentist may perform a root canal to remove infected tissues from inside the tooth and then cover it with a crown for long-term protection. The crown completely covers your existing tooth, restoring the original shape and strength. Crowns may be gold, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal.
If you need to rebuild or replace all of the teeth in your mouth due to injury or decay, a full-mouth reconstruction is the recommended restoration treatment. Each full-mouth reconstruction is unique to each patient’s specific needs and may include a number of restorative treatments, including veneers, dental bonding, crowns, inlays, onlays, or a variety of other options that replace missing teeth.
What if I need to replace missing teeth?
If you’re missing a tooth or teeth, our team sits down with you to offer replacement options. Potential restorative treatments to replace missing teeth include:
A dental bridge can restore your smile if you’re missing a single tooth or multiple teeth in a row. The bridge is nonremovable, anchored in place with two dental crowns. An artificial tooth, or multiple artificial teeth, are placed in the gap to restore your smile with natural-looking teeth.
Dental implants are posts made of titanium which are surgically placed in the jawbone at the site of a missing tooth. The post replaces the root and provides a structure for securing a dental crown. Implants are long-lasting, fixed solutions for missing teeth.
If your jawbone structure is too weak to support dental implants, your dentist may recommend a bone graft that involves transplanting a piece of bone from another area of your jaw or body to the jawbone.
Dentures are a form of restorative dentistry to replace lost or removed teeth. Dentures can replace all of the teeth in your mouth (full dentures) or can be used to replace a few missing teeth (partial dentures).
With just four implants, or sometimes six, you can anchor the dentures for all of the teeth on the top of your mouth or on the bottom. After your jawbone fuses around the implanted posts, they provide secure anchors for your top or bottom dentures, which means you don’t have to worry about your dentures slipping out of place.
To restore your oral health and improve your smile, call City Dental Clinic or use the online tool to schedule an appointment today.