Restoring Your Smile
Sometimes our oral health can head downhill in a big way, one thing leading to another. Restorative dentistry with Dr. Kalil and Dr. Kress is designed to treat and repair or replace diseased, defective, and damaged teeth. Although not an overnight solution, the various possible procedures included in restoring your teeth will return function and give you back an attractive smile. This is not to be confused with a smile makeover — that is a series of cosmetic treatments intended to improve the aesthetics of your smile. Dental restoration is necessary to save your smile.
How would I know if I need dental restoration?
Usually involving the placement of prosthetics, these are the issues restoration patients have:
- One or more missing teeth
- Cracked or fractured teeth
- Stained teeth that don’t respond to whitening
- Teeth with infected dentin
- Decayed teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Widely spaced teeth
- Worn enamel
What procedures are involved in dental restorations?
Every patient’s condition is unique, but these are the various procedures we may use in your restoration:
- Tooth-colored fillings— These replacements for silver amalgam replace decayed areas with composite resin that is virtually invisible in a tooth.
- Porcelain inlays and onlays— Inlays are placed on the chewing surface of a tooth. Onlays replace the chewing surface and at least one of the cusps. They may extend down the tooth side.
- Crowns— If a tooth can’t be restored with a filling, inlay, or onlay because there isn’t enough healthy structure remaining, a crown is placed over the tooth. This returns strength to the tooth. They are also used to anchor bridges and placed on a tooth that has had a root canal.
- Porcelain veneers— Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are placed on the fronts of the teeth. They can mask minor flaws such as chips, cracks, size issues, and permanent discoloration (such as from tetracycline).
- Composite bonding— This use of composite resin can allow us to reshape a tooth that is chipped or misshapen.
- Dental implants— The best replacement for a missing tooth, dental implants are based on a titanium screw that is placed into the hole from the former tooth root. The jawbone then grows around the implant, making it a part of the jawbone. A post is then attached to an artificial tooth atop that. Implants look and function exactly like a natural tooth.
- Bridges— These dental prosthetics are used to bridge a gap between a missing tooth or two. Crowns are placed on the teeth on both sides of the gap, with the prosthetic with the artificial tooth or teeth in between.
- Dentures— If the patient has no remaining teeth, or if his or her teeth are so decayed and damaged that they need to be extracted, dentures may be required. They may replace the entire arch or just some missing teeth (partial dentures).
If you have extensive damage or issues with your teeth, call the team at Kalil & Kress at (603) 880-7004 and schedule a consultation. We can restore your smile and give you back functioning, beautiful teeth again.