Restorative dentistry in Litchfield Park, AZ, is used to return your mouth and teeth to their optimal condition, health, and function. This means restoring a tooth that has suffered from damage due to decay or trauma back to its normal shape and function so that it’s less susceptible to further issues down the road. For example, if a cavity were to occur on your tooth and your dentist found it during a routine exam, they may recommend filling it to prevent further damage to the surrounding area. If you weren’t aware of this problem and the cavity was left untreated, the decay would spread to nearby teeth and cause cavities in those as well. This is why it’s important to keep up with your biannual exams and cleanings so that any potential problems can be addressed before they get worse.
When your dentist recommends restorative dentistry in Litchfield Park, AZ, there are several different types that may be used depending on the severity of the problem.
Types of Restorative Dentistry in Litchfield Park, AZ
If you have a cavity, our dentist will clean your teeth and fill the affected teeth with a tooth-colored resin to restore your tooth’s function and beauty. Composite fillings match the color of your natural teeth, while amalgam fillings are a more noticeable grey shade. There are different types of fillings, and the material of your filling used will affect how long it will last in your mouth.
A dental crown, also known as a cap, fits over a damaged tooth to restore its appearance and function. Crowns can replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining to hold a filling or can be used to protect a tooth after a root canal. These crowns are made to match your natural tooth color for a discreet and natural-looking smile.
A bridge is used to span the space of missing teeth. Bridges are anchored by the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. The replacement tooth is fused to the bridge to fill the gap and restore your smile.
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the front teeth. Porcelain is a durable material that resists stains and is stain-resistant, unlike your natural enamel. Because of this, your veneers will stay looking white and bright for longer periods of time than natural teeth do. The veneer procedure requires little to no preparation of the natural teeth involved.
A dental implant is a permanent tooth replacement option that functions, feels, and looks just like a natural tooth. They offer many advantages that make them a worthwhile investment. An implant replaces both the root and the crown of the tooth. When a tooth is lost, the roots are no longer stimulated, so the bone begins to deteriorate, and the gums begin to shrink. With a dental implant, the post is placed into the jaw and then topped with a prosthetic crown to completely replace both the visible portion of the tooth as well as the root of the tooth.
Please visit our dental practice at 551 E. Plaza Circle STE. C, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340. To schedule a consultation with our dentists, call us at (623) 935-1155 or book your appointment online.