Restorative Dentistry in Cary, NC
Restorative dentistry services are offered to patients suffering from oral health problems that require professional care. Some restorative services overlap with cosmetic dentistry as they improve a patient’s appearance in addition to restoring optimal function. Restorative dentistry involves the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of oral diseases, and includes services like fillings, crowns, dentures, and bridges.
Most people require at least one filling in their lifetime. Fillings are generally used to treat cavities, but they may also be used to repair worn, cracked, or broken teeth. During a filling, the tooth is numbed up. Next, decay is removed from the affected tooth. Dr. Qureshy will then restore the tooth with a composite (White) filling. Finally, a bite check will be performed to ensure that your teeth comfortably align.
A dental crown or ‘cap’ is a type of restoration that fully cups the portion of a tooth or implant that lies above the gum line. Once in place, a crown becomes the tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns are cemented into place so that they look and function just like your real teeth. Crowns are often used to strengthen and repair damaged teeth or to improve the tooth’s outer appearance, such as its shape, color, or uneven alignment. They can usually be done same day or within 5 days.
Dental bridges fill the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Consisting of two or more dental crowns, a bridge literally ‘bridges’ the gap by placing two or more crowns on either side of the gap. These teeth act as anchors and are known as abutment teeth. In the spot with the missing tooth, a false tooth is placed. The false tooth is known as a pontic and can be made from porcelain, alloy, gold, or a combination of these materials. With bridges, you restore your smile and your ability to properly speak and chew. They can be completed in about 5 days.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. There are two basic types of dentures: partial and complete. Partial dentures are generally used when some natural teeth still remain. Complete dentures are designed for patients with no teeth remaining. Facial sagging can occur when you’re missing numerous teeth, causing you to appear older than you really are. Dentures can help restore a more youthful facial structure.
Restorative dentistry is often used to restore missing, lost, decayed, of insufficient tooth structure. If you’re struggling with these types of dental issues, talk to Dr. Qureshy today about restorative dentistry.