There are several influencing factors when determining your need for dental restoration, including: self confidence levels, tooth and gum health, and overall oral function. The most common reasons people need to get dental restoration procedures involve issues such as tooth decay, chronic teeth grinding (bruxism), and blunt force trauma. Tooth decay is caused from consuming large amounts of foods that are high in sugar, causing acids to form on our teeth, breaking them down. The causes of teeth grinding can vary from stress, anxiety, missing teeth, crooked teeth, an abnormal bite, and sleep disorders. Getting to the bottom of the cause of the teeth grinding is essential in preventing future problems, regardless of whether you ultimately get a restoration or not. Blunt force trauma is caused by anything that puts too much pressure on the teeth, for example getting into a fight, a car accident, or a bad sports injury can cause them to break, crack, or fall out. If you suffer from any of these predetermining factors, it is likely you need, or would greatly benefit from, dental restoration.
Now that we have gone over the common reasons and causes for dental restoration, it is time to cover your options.
Tooth-colored fillings can be used to treat teeth that have small amounts of decay in order to prevent the bacteria from spreading further and causing more damage. Composite fillings are one of the more common types of fillings due to their natural appearance and durability. They are usually constructed from ceramic or plastic resin that has the ability to take on any tooth shape and color, making them very adaptable and customizable. For people suffering from abrasions, cracked teeth, or large cavities, dental crowns are an excellent option as this creates a strong shield, and reinforces the damaged tooth without having to remove or replace it.
In cases where there is a bad tooth or gum infection present, getting a root canal is one of the preferred methods dentists use to help save your teeth and prevent the infection and damage from spreading. If you have completely lost one, many, or all of your teeth, don’t be afraid; there are options for you. Bridges, dentures, and dental implants are very effective options to restore teeth, allowing you to be able to eat and function normally. Dentures are a full set of false teeth that adhere to the gums that can be removed daily; dental implants are more permanent structures that replace the entire tooth from root to crown. Dental implants are more stable and longer lasting than dentures, however dentures give you the freedom to remove them and change them out more easily. For teeth that are chipped, broken, cracked, stained, crooked, gapped, worn down, discolored or misaligned, veneers can fix it! Even if you don’t necessarily have problems with your teeth, you can vastly improve your smile by electing to get veneers.
If you are one of the millions of Americans that are not blessed with having a perfect smile, or suffer from one of the many teeth and gum maladies that are present in our society today, finding a reputable, qualified dentist or oral surgeon that offers dental restoration services can honestly change your smile, your confidence, and your quality of life.