Losing teeth as an adult is something that it is hard to be fully prepared for. Whether you’ve had teeth knocked out in an accident, had some removed due to dental health issues, or have lost them in any other way, the impact of this loss can be mentally testing and physically demanding. As a child, losing teeth is a sign that your adult teeth are coming in. As an adult, you know that there isn’t going to be another one along in a moment. Even when a tooth has not been lost entirely, decay can leave it in a condition where it is unfit to perform its usual role.
The idea of restorative dentistry is to overcome these issues; quite literally, when a tooth – or part of a tooth – has been lost, this dentistry will restore your teeth, your mouth, your smile to their former glory. By one process or another, the dentist can replace the lost tooth or teeth in a way which will allow you to smile with confidence, eat foods that were off the menu, and regain much of what you lost along with those problem teeth.
When you have lost teeth, it’s not just the empty space they leave behind that can be a stressful reminder. Biting can be a painful process; smiling can become difficult and somewhat confidence-sapping. In time, the absence of teeth can even change the shape of your face and can destabilize your oral well-being; in some cases, it can put other teeth at risk. So it is all the more important that you have an option in restorative dentistry. The procedures that you can look for include the following:
Crowns: A crown is placed over a damaged or partially lost tooth to strengthen the tooth in question and to reinforce your dental structure. Your dentist will take an impression of the existing tooth, the crown will then be made in a lab and you can then have it fitted and cemented to the gum.
Dental implants: Implantation involves fixing a metal root into the jawbone, onto which a replacement tooth can then be attached. Due to the durability of the new root, this procedure allows replacement teeth to be fitted in a stable way which will last – and they will both look and act like ordinary teeth, allowing you to regain confidence.
Bridges: When tooth loss has left you with a gap, it is important to “bridge” that gap, and this is why dental bridges are so named. Crowns are fitted on the teeth on either side of the gap, with a replacement tooth or teeth then placed in the middle, anchored by the crowns. This solution allows the replacements to behave very much like normal teeth.
Fillings: If the outside of the original tooth is left intact but the inside is damaged by decay, then restorative dentistry may well involve simply treating and removing the decay and placing a filling in the hollow. An Escondido, California dentist can use fillings which are made from plastic, resin, porcelain or even metals like gold and silver to allow the teeth to regain the structure they had before.