Figuring out what to do after losing some or all of your teeth can be a real struggle. Whether you opt for tooth replacement or another option is a big choice, and making the right decision for you can be difficult. Thankfully, recent advancements in dental technology give you more choices than ever when restoring your smile back to how it used to be.
Restorative dentistry combines treatments and techniques from multiple dental specialties to replace missing teeth and improve a person’s self-esteem and quality of life. Depending on your specific needs and your comfort level with dental procedures, you will have various options, from corrective dental surgery to applications and removable dental prosthetics.
Restorative dentistry can fix many different dental problems.
If you have a cracked or broken tooth, a crown is one way to restore the shape and function of the tooth and protect it from further damage. Dental bonding might be an option if you have several damaged and misshapen teeth. With this treatment, the dentist uses a material to reshape and mold the teeth back to how they should look, including matching the natural color of your teeth.
If you have lost teeth, then you have several options as well. For a few missing teeth, you may want to get a dental bridge to cover the area where the missing teeth were. For a whole arch or whole mouth full of teeth, removable dentures are a common choice to restore your smile and the ability to eat the foods you love.
If you’re looking for a more permanent solution to tooth loss, you might want to go for dental implants. You have a few ways that you can do this. For a single missing tooth, you can get an individual implant, or for multiple individual teeth that don’t make up an entire arch.
If you’re missing an entire arch or both arches of teeth and want permanent restoration, you can get full mouth dental implants and implant-supported bridges or dentures. Any of these choices is a permanent solution to tooth loss and should last several decades with proper maintenance.
As you can see, restorative dentistry offers many ways to fix your smile and give you your confidence back. You can work with the dentist to create an individualized plan for your smile restoration that matches exactly what you want and need.