Three Ways Restorative Dentistry Can Save Your Smile
- November 1, 2017
More than 90 percent of American adults will have at least one cavity in their lives.
By the age of 64, nearly two-thirds of Americans will have at least one missing tooth.
As we get older, it’s more likely that we will experience tooth decay or gum disease. As a result, it’s more likely that you will need restorative dentistry of some form or another.
Those are times when A Downtown Dental Group in Honolulu, HI is here to help. Our dentists, Drs. Wilfred and David Miyasaki, can rebuild your smile as good — or even better — than it ever was.
Below, we will be describing three services that could help you bring back your smile. If any of them could help you or someone you care about, call (808) 797-3680 or contact us online to request an appointment with us.
Dental Fillings For Your Cavities
With oral health as with overall health, prevention is the best strategy. It’s much better to stop tooth decay from developing than to have a cavity. If you do get a cavity (which is likely based on national statistics), then you will want to fix it as early as you can.
A dental filling is the fastest and simplest fix.
At one time, metal fillings would have been your only option. From a functional standpoint, gold or amalgam (mercury combined with other metals such as copper, silver, or tin) work well. They can be used to restore the function of your tooth, and they protect against further decay in that same tooth.
Today, we offer something that we think is better for our patients. Tooth-colored fillings are made from a composite resin. Like metal fillings, they protect against decay and allow your tooth to function normally again.
The difference, as the name suggests, is that our resin fillings are blended in such a way that look like part of your natural tooth. Unless you tell someone about your cavity, people aren’t going to know.
With our tooth-colored dental fillings, you don’t have to sacrifice your confidence in your smile for the function of your teeth. Instead, you can have both again!
Dental Crowns Can Rebuild Or Replace Teeth
Dental crowns can do a lot of good things for you and your smile.
If you have a large cavity, a dental filling may not be enough to repair it. If you have already replaced a filling multiple times, your tooth may no longer be strong enough for another one. In either of these situations, a dental crown would be a better option.
Dental crowns are like caps that fit over the natural crowns of your teeth. Crowns can be used to restore teeth to their original shape and size. In addition to repairing decayed teeth, crowns can fix cracked and broken teeth as well.
If you are missing a tooth (which again is statistically likely to happen to most people), then crowns can help fill the gap in your smile.
In this case, you would first get a dental implant to replace the root of your lost tooth. Then we can create a dental crown to fit on the implant, so you can have a complete tooth replacement.
Dental Bridges Replace Multiple Teeth
A dental crown and implant may be an excellent way to replace a single tooth. If you lose multiple teeth at the same time, a better alternative would be an implant-supported dental bridge.
Dental bridges are built by combining a series of dental crowns together. Getting a bridge will restore the appearance of your smile, the function of your teeth, and can reduce your risk for more tooth loss.
To support your bridge, we could place two or more dental implants (depending on how many teeth need replacing) in your jaw. After you heal, we would attach your dental bridge to your implants.
The natural-looking bridge would give you a confident smile and allow you to continue eating the foods that you love.
You Can Have Your Smile Back … And More!
With restorative dentistry, you don’t have to feel embarrassed to smile if something happens to one or more of your teeth. You can have your smile back. You can eat what you want to eat, too.
But first, you need to make an appointment at A Downtown Dental Group in Honolulu to schedule a consultation with us.