Restorative Dentistry for a Healthier Smile
One of the highest priorities in dentistry is to save every tooth possible. The extraction and replacement of teeth is always a last resort because a natural tooth is always preferable to a prosthetic when it comes to function and health.
At Santee Dental Team, we hold this tenet in high regard and strive to use every tool and treatment at our disposal to preserve your natural dental structure. Whether eroded by tooth decay or marred with cracks and chips, the talented team at our Santee practice can develop a treatment plan tailored to your unique situation and save your smile.
One of the most common restorative treatments is the filling. Caries, more commonly known as cavities, are pockets within your teeth eaten away by the acidic bacteria in plaque.
The procedure involves removing the decayed portion of the tooth and filling the now-clean cavity with a composite resin. This not only prevents further infection, but it also restores the aesthetic appearance of your teeth, as modern resin filling material can be easily color-matched to the surrounding teeth.
When a tooth is more heavily damaged or decayed, saving the whole thing may not be a healthy or viable option. For instance, a cavity that goes untreated for too long may result in a tooth that is almost completely damaged above the gum line.
However, if the root is still healthy, the top of the tooth can be cleared of decay and capped with a beautiful ceramic prosthetic known as a crown. This crown is custom-made to match the color and contour of your surrounding dental structure and cemented into place over the remaining tooth to seal and protect it.
Restoring Missing Teeth
Losing teeth, whether through trauma or gradual decay, can be a harrowing experience. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers more solutions than ever to fill the gap in your smile.
Bridges are rows of multiple pontic teeth that can replace one or more adjacent teeth. They are anchored to the surrounding dental structure with crowns at either end.
Dental implants are the preferred form of tooth replacement, as the titanium post implanted in your jaw not only prevents accelerated loss of bone mass, it also provides a sturdy root to attach a prosthetic to, restoring the full strength of your bite.
No matter if you need a filling or full-mouth restoration, Santee Dental Team can give you the beautiful, healthy smile that you deserve. Don’t hesitate to call our Santee office today to schedule a visit with our talented dentists and the rest of our knowledgeable team.