“Restorative dentistry” is the term used when a dentist replaces missing or damaged teeth. The process might include fillings, crowns (also sometimes known as caps), bridges, or implants. The goal of restorative dentistry is to bring your natural smile back while simultaneously preventing further oral health issues.
If a single cavity develops a bad enough infection, it can destroy the entire tooth and cause bacteria to spread to surrounding teeth, as well as the jaw bone. One tiny crack in your tooth can cause severe pain and result in the tooth needing to be extracted entirely.
Dr. Michael Rice and his team at Oakmont General & Implant Dentistry understand the importance of restorative dentistry, and we pride ourselves on addressing our patients’ problems and concerns while giving them back smiles they love to show off.
Tooth-colored fillings (also known as dental composites) repair small fillings with material that blends naturally into the existing tooth so they aren’t detectable by other people. At our Santa Rosa dental office, we utilize clinically tested, bio-compatible white tooth fillings to repair cracked or decayed teeth. This method much preferred over the old mercury-based dental fillings that were known to fail or fall out.
You might need a dental crown if a tooth is damaged beyond the repair that can be provided by tooth-colored fillings. Rather than filling in cracks or small holes like composite fillings do, crowns are placed over the entire tooth and sit atop the gum line. They’re a reliable and long-lasting restorative dentistry option that we offer right here in our Santa Rosa dental office.
A dental bridge fills in the gaps of missing teeth by anchoring artificial teeth to neighboring natural teeth. Bridges are a cost-effective way to restore a patient’s smile if they’ve lost teeth. Bridges also give people back the ability to chew and eat regularly.
Dr. Michael Rice and the Oakmont dentistry team have the training and experience necessary to successfully place dental bridges and give you back the smile you’ve been longing for.
If you’ve lost several (or all) of your teeth, a bridge might not be enough to give you everything you need. This is where dentures come into play. Unlike bridges, which adhere to adjacent teeth, dentures are formed to your mouth and sit above the top or bottom gum line, giving you the appearance of a full set of teeth without causing you to endure any invasive procedures. Dentures are different from dental implants because dentures are not permanent and do not stay in your mouth; rather, they get removed for cleanings and when you’re sleeping. Dentures are more cost-effective than implants, and they’re a great option if you need more teeth replaced than what a bridge can take care of.
To learn more about these restorative dental procedures, or any other services we offer at our Santa Rosa dental clinic, please feel free to reach out to us at any time to schedule an initial appointment. Dr. Rice and our team at Oakmont General & Implant Dentistry look forward to meeting you!