As you go through life, you may experience different things that affect how your overall smile looks. These may include tooth decay, a chipped tooth, or maybe a tooth extraction that has left a gap in your smile. When instances like these arise, your Leawood, KS, dentist can help with restorative dentistry options, which will help patients maintain their oral health and repair their smiles. Let us review some of the treatments we offer.
A dental bridge is one option for patients needing to close a gap because of a missing tooth or teeth. It is basically a false tooth (also known as a pontic). The teeth on the sides of the gap hold it in place. The four types of bridges are traditional, Maryland, cantilever, and implant-supportive. We can help determine which type you need based on where it will go in your mouth and your jaw structure.
A dental implant is similar to a small screw. They are often made from titanium and are biocompatible. They are placed into your jawbone where the roots of your teeth used to be. Over a period of months, your bone will fuse to them. After that process is complete, they are used for other treatments, such as bridges, crowns, and dentures.
A dental crown is designed to look like a natural tooth. They are custom designed and are used to cover teeth that are cracked, worn down, or that have cavities that a dental filling is not able to help. Crowns help prevent further damage to infected teeth. They are made from materials like composite resin, metal alloys, or ceramics. However, your Leawood, KS, dentist prefers porcelain ones because of their natural, lifelike appearance.
Full And Partial Dentures
If you have multiple teeth missing on your upper or lower dental ridges, then you may be a candidate for full or partial dentures. Both types are custom-designed, gum-colored, and sit comfortably on the ridge. Those with some teeth remaining may elect to have partial dentures. For patients with all their teeth missing, full dentures may be recommended.
Bonding And Contouring
These two cosmetic treatments offer different results. Bonding is done to restore the structure of a tooth. If a tooth has been chipped, for example, we will apply a biocompatible, tooth-colored resin to it. We will shape it to match your other teeth. If we are needing to resize a tooth, then contouring takes place. This is done by sculpting a tiny amount of enamel from a tooth.
Schedule A Consultation With Us Today
We want to help you maintain good oral health and restore your smile. 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.