Life happens, and things may have affected your teeth that you would like to change. Maybe you got a tooth chipped. Or perhaps decay has worn down some of your teeth. Whatever the situation, your Leawood, KS, dentist can rebuild your smile through restorative dentistry. Specific treatments are available to help you avoid losing a tooth. Here are some of the options we offer to our patients.
A crown looks like a tooth. It is custom designed and placed over ones that have large cavities when a filling is unable to help. It can also be placed over a cracked tooth or one that is worn down or if you have had a root canal. Their function is to prevent further damage to the infected area. Porcelain crowns have a natural appearance and are preferred, though they can be constructed from other materials like ceramics, metal alloys, or composite resin. A variety of factors, like mouth location, gum tissue, and visibility, will determine what kind of material is used.
If you have a gap because of a missing tooth, then a dental bridge may be an option for you. A bridge is basically a pontic (a false tooth) that is held in place by teeth on each side of the gap. There are four types of bridges: traditional, cantilever, Maryland, and implant-supportive. We will determine which type you will need based upon our diagnosis when you visit our Leawood, KS, office.
Bonding And Contouring
These two treatments, while cosmetic, achieve different results. With bonding, we restore a tooth’s structure. For example, if it has been chipped, we apply a tooth-colored, biocompatible resin to it, sculpting and shaping it to match the rest of your teeth. Contouring is when we sculpt a small portion of the enamel from a tooth to resize it.
Imagine a small screw. That is what dental implants are. They are biocompatible and usually made from titanium. We place them into your jaw where roots used to be. Your bone fuses to them over time. After that happens, they are used for other procedures, such as crowns, dentures, or bridges.
Some patients may have multiple teeth missing on either their upper or lower dental ridge. For those who do, dentures may be recommended. There are two types of them: partial and full. Both are custom designed. Partial dentures fit around teeth that are remaining, while full ones have a gum-colored base that sits comfortably on a dental ridge.
Contact Us For More Information
Restoring your smile and helping you maintain good oral health is important to us. To learn more about our restorative dentistry options, schedule an appointment with us by calling Dreem Dentistry in Leawood, KS, today at 913-681-5500. We also serve patients who live in Overland Park and all surrounding communities.