At Davis Dental Practice, we offer restorative dentistry. Restorative dentistry is the practice of restoring both the function and form of your mouth. Many issues can plague you. Your teeth might suffer from decay or infection, both of which can then lead to tooth loss. Or, you might have an accident that severely damages your teeth. Any of these issues can impact the basic, but important, functions of your mouth such as eating or speaking. Restorative dentistry deals with these issues head on, returning your mouth to its former healthy and beautiful state. Here are some of the restorative dentistry options we offer.
Your teeth are constantly under attack by oral bacteria. Without proper oral care, these bacteria can thrive. They feast upon leftover food and sugars left behind from beverages. As they eat, they produce acids that erode the enamel (the hard exterior) of your teeth, creating cavities. Unchecked, cavities will only continue to grow. In some instances, erosion can go all the way through the enamel and into the dentin, which is where hollow channels that lead to the roots of your teeth reside. If bacteria get inside the tooth, you may wind up with a whole other problem.
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Tooth loss is a big deal. Without your teeth, eating and speaking, things that were once done naturally and easily, suddenly become a chore. Not only that, but your jawbone suffers consequences too. Your jaw depends upon the roots of your teeth to stay strong, as they stimulate the bone and signal your body to send essential nutrients.
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A partial denture is a removable appliance held in place by gripping the remaining healthy teeth, usually with metal clasps or wires.
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Dental bridges are fixed appliances that will work to restore the structure and function of your teeth after tooth loss. These appliances are non-removable, so they will become a permanent part of your smile. There are many different types of bridges, and we can help you to choose the option that is right for your unique dental needs.
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While minor damage to teeth can be fixed with veneers or bonding, larger issues, such as those that compromise the integrity of your tooth, require something that can lend strength and support. Instead of removing the tooth, which would require a bridge or other solution to prevent other issues, a crown can be placed.
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Partial Crowns (Inlays and Onlays)
Inlays and onlays are used to restore portions of the tooth, or to strengthen a tooth. They are alternatives to using fillings or a crown to restore the integrity of the tooth.
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Bonding is a procedure where we apply a tooth-colored composite material to a tooth, shape it, allow it to harden and polish it. It can be used in certain situations where a tooth has been damaged or become stained.
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A "root canal," or endodontic therapy, is a procedure available to save a tooth that is infected and would otherwise require extraction. There are many reasons that teeth can become infected, including: cavities, previous large fillings, crowns, cracks, trauma and extreme wear.
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