As a provider of restorative dentistry in Ocean Springs, we focus on providing solutions to restore and save teeth that have become damaged. In years past, a damaged tooth may have been pulled, but now we want to save the tooth if possible. This is because each tooth and root provide necessary stimulation to the jawbone. If the tooth is removed, that stimulation is lost, and the body thinks the jaw is no longer serving its primary function. The process of resorption may begin, where the body will start leaching calcium out of the jaw for use in other areas of the body. This can give people a sunken and aged appearance as the facial structure is no longer as strong and dense as it once was. Restorations can help prevent this common problem.
When you first visit our office, we will examine your damaged tooth and also take x-rays. This way, we can create a plan to address any physical damage we can see while also helping the roots below the surface. Many people are unaware that when a tooth becomes damaged in an accident, the roots may also be damaged. This can create some discomfort and the need for a root canal. Fortunately, we can help with both, so when your tooth is restored, it will feel fantastic and regain its full functionality.
As a restorative dentistry office, we have multiple solutions for fixing damaged teeth. The one we suggest will depend on the extent of the damage, the goals you have for your smile, the time you have to commit to your recovery, and your budget. As such, we encourage you to visit our office for an examination and consultation. In the meantime, here is what you should know about a few of the procedures we offer.
Dental crowns. This is perhaps the most well-known and popular restoration because of how durable it is. A crown is a cap that surrounds the tooth entirely. This way, nothing can actually touch the damaged tooth. It can be made in all-metal, ceramic-on-metal, and all-ceramic. You can select the material you want to use based on where the crown is located. For the most part, we place all-ceramic crowns on front teeth and ceramic-on-metal when the tooth is used in the back. With proper care, crowns will last for many years.
Dental veneers. A veneer can also perform restorations for the front teeth. A veneer does not surround the tooth but is bonded to the surface of it. As such, less enamel must be removed before placing it. Simultaneously, many people use dental veneers to improve the appearance of their smile. Since it covers the portion of the tooth you can see, a veneer can cover dark stains, close gaps in between teeth, and change the shape and size of them.
Dental bonding. A bonding procedure can be completed in under an hour and look perfectly natural. With this solution, we place bonding material on a clean tooth, shape it into place, and harden it with a dental light. The result is a durable and natural-looking restoration.
If you need restorative dentistry, we encourage you to call our Ocean Springs office and schedule a dental exam.