Restorative dentistry refers to any dental procedure that restores or improves the function of your teeth. This includes fillings, crowns, bridges, dental implants, and dentures. At AC Dentistry, restorative dentistry procedures can also improve your overall oral health, and help prevent decay and disease.
Composite fillings (tooth-colored fillings) are an excellent option for restoring teeth that have been affected by decay or fracture. Composite fillings are metal-free and tooth-colored, making them an excellent choice for cavity fillings as well as cosmetic improvements. These fillings will blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth, making it possible for you to maintain the natural appearance of your smile.
Dental implants are titanium tooth root replacements that replace missing tooth roots. The implant serves as an anchor for an artificial tooth or a set of teeth. The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone and gum tissue. After it has healed, an abutment is attached to the implant. The abutment is a post that protrudes from the gum line. Once the implant and abutment have healed, the dentist attaches the artificial tooth or teeth to the abutment.
Dental Crowns and Bridges
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that can be placed over damaged teeth to restore their look and function. Crowns are sometimes used to cover dental implants or to anchor a bridge. Crowns can be made of a variety of materials, including porcelain, ceramic, and porcelain fused to metal. A dental bridge is a type of tooth replacement that is made up of an artificial tooth that is supported by a natural tooth or dental implant. A dental bridge includes one or more replacement teeth anchored to dental crowns on either side. These dental crowns fit over the healthy teeth on each side of the gap.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy becomes necessary when a tooth has sustained significant decay or has an infection. In such cases, your dentist may recommend a root canal, which removes the infected portion of the tooth and seals it with a crown. A root canal can relieve pain associated with a damaged or infected tooth. A root canal can also save a damaged tooth, which can ultimately save your tooth, your bite, and your smile.
A full denture is a removable prosthesis that replaces all of the teeth in the upper or lower arch. They are a great option for patients who want an affordable way to replace all of their teeth. Full dentures can be secured using dental implants or with an adhesive.
Partial dentures are the removable dental appliance that fills in the gaps in your smile. They are for patients who are missing several teeth. Typically, partial dentures are secured with clips or brackets. However, they can also be secured by dental implants.Partial dentures can improve your smile’s ability to bite, chew, and digest food. They can also provide support for your lips and cheeks, which can improve the appearance of your face.
To learn more about the perks of restorative dentistry, get in touch with AC Dentistry at 7350 Cahaba Valley Rd. #106, Birmingham, AL 35242, or call (205) 533-6799.