Dentures are an inexpensive, quick restoration method if you’ve lost one or more of your natural teeth. We offer both full and partial dentures at your Spring, TX dentist.
Partial dentures are built with a metal and plastic framework that holds one or more false teeth and attaches to your remaining healthy teeth. If you have only lost a few teeth and your remaining teeth are healthy, these are a good option.
Full dentures, on the other hand, should only be used if you’ve lost most or all of your teeth. This is because your remaining teeth all must be extracted before treatment, as the dentures are built to fit tightly over your gums, and natural teeth will only interfere with the fitting process.
Cavities are a form of early-stage tooth decay. When you don’t adequately brush and floss, food particles get left behind. Bacteria in the mouth then feed off of the sugar and convert them into acids that attack your enamel, causing erosion. Over time, this develops a hole in the tooth, known as a cavity. Certain factors increase your risk for cavities, such as:
There are three main restorative solutions for missing teeth – dental bridges, dentures, and dental implants. A dental bridge is used to replace up to 4 consecutive missing teeth and is fixed in place. This will fill in gaps in your smile and prevent shifting teeth and orthodontic problems. Bridges last for 5 to 7 years, on average.
Dentures are removable teeth that can replace a few or all of the teeth in the mouth. They are very affordable and suitable for most patients. Dentures are a great option for extensive tooth loss and last for 5 to 15 years.
However, bridges and dentures are unable to prevent bone loss – but dental implants can.
Dental implants are titanium posts that are embedded into the jawbone to restore teeth from the crown to the root. This restores stimulation to the jawbone so that the existing bone is preserved through the continuous regeneration of bone cells. Dental implants last for 25 years to a lifetime and are held firmly in the jawbone with the implant so that they never move. Implants can replace a single tooth or all of the teeth with full arch implants.
Restorative dentistry repairs damaged, broken, and vulnerable teeth, and restores your smile. When you suffer from decay or dental trauma, restorations are necessary to save the tooth from extraction.
Crowns can hold a broken tooth together and reinforce its strength so it won’t break under chewing forces. Root canal therapy has a 95% success rate in restoring infected teeth to health. This prevents complications from infection such as sepsis or the loss of a tooth.
When teeth are lost, you suffer from irreversible bone loss that changes your facial structure and bite. By placing dental implants, you can avoid all of these problems. Even when you aren’t a good candidate for dental implants, dentures and dental bridges restore patients’ tooth functionality such as chewing and speaking clearly.
Minor damage to a tooth can be repaired with dental bonding or a filling. However, severe damage such as a broken tooth will require a dental crown to hold the leftover pieces of the tooth together and to protect it from breaking even further.
Crowns are made of strong, highly durable materials that last for many years. By placing a crown over your tooth, it will not be as weak or vulnerable to damage when you chew. When a tooth has been severely damaged, we need to take x-rays to look for signs of an infection. If an infection is present, you will need a root canal treatment before receiving a dental crown.
Repair or Replace Damaged Teeth With Restorative Dentistry
If you have cavities, signs of infection, missing teeth, or damage, restorative dentistry can repair your smile so you can regain full functionality. Contact us at Consultants In Dental Aesthetics to schedule a consultation with Dr. Landry or Dr. Dela Cruz.