Do you have chipped, damaged, infected, or missing teeth? Restorative dentistry can repair the function and aesthetics of your teeth. Leaving a damaged or missing tooth untreated can cause more decay, pain, and advanced dental problems. Cracked and missing teeth can even affect your ability to chew your food properly and cause digestive disorders.
At Kent Burnett, DDS in Corvallis, we offer a range of restorative treatments to heal the function and appearance of your smile. Depending on your unique dental condition, we might recommend one or more of these treatments to heal your smile: fillings, crowns, bridges, dental implants, and dentures.
Candidates for Restorative Dentistry
Any patient suffering from broken, infected, missing, or traumatized teeth can benefit from restorative dentistry. However, patients with certain conditions are more likely to experience damage that requires restoration:
Teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Teeth grinding, formally called bruxism, puts a lot of pressure on your teeth, which can lead to chipped, cracked, and even missing teeth. Sometimes caused by TMD, jaw clenching also puts unnecessary stress on your teeth and can endanger your dental health.
Crooked or misaligned bites. Uneven, crooked, and misaligned teeth are more likely to experience damage. Crooked teeth are harder to clean and harbor bacteria, directly leading to decay and damage. Uneven bites can also cause poorly distributed pressure when chewing, which can cause chips and wear.
Athletes that play contact sports. Athletes that participate in contact sports or more likely to suffer from dental trauma.
Patients with uncontrolled diabetes. Uncontrolled diabetes is directly correlated to advanced gum disease and tooth loss.
Patients with neglected dental health. A lot of the time patients who neglected their teeth when they were younger by not brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist every 6 months are more likely to experience infected and damaged teeth.
Restorative Dental Treatments
From chipped and cracked teeth to missing teeth and gum disease, there are many different causes and types of dental damage. It is important that you treat these dental issues as they occur.
Leaving dental diseases untreated can lead to more extensive damage, which can end up costing you more pain and money down the road. Depending on your conditions, we might recommend one or more of the following restorative treatments:
Restoring Teeth with Fillings
Fillings are the most popular restorative treatment. Fillings use an amalgam or composite material to treat cavities or restore the tooth’s surface.
Composite fillings are the most popular cavity treatment, since they are the same color as the tooth surface and look natural.
Before using a composite filling for a cavity, first the decay will need to be removed, the remaining tooth will then be filled-in with the composite material. Composite fillings can also be used to fix cracks and fractures.
Dental bridges are used to restore the appearance of missing teeth. As we mentioned earlier, crowns are also used in a dental bridge.
Bridges are made up of two crowns with a replacement tooth in the center. The replacement tooth is called the “pontic.”
The crowns of the dental bridge are placed over the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth, and the pontic spans the gap of the missing tooth. Before a bridge can be placed, the adjacent teeth will be shaped down, so the crowns can be placed comfortably over the teeth.
Crowns restore a tooth’s surface by covering the entire tooth. Crowns can restore the function and appearance of severely damaged, chipped, or cracked teeth.
The most innovative type of dental crown is made out of porcelain. Externally, dental crowns look just like real teeth. However, the middle of a crown is a hollowed out center, custom made to fit over the existing tooth.
Dental crowns are a versatile restorative treatment. Dental crowns can be used to restore large fillings, in which there is not enough tooth structure to support the filling, fractured teeth, and weakened teeth.
They can also be used in conjunction with other restorative treatments, like dental implants, root canals, and bridges.
With dental implants, the crown is placed over the titanium implant post. Crowns are also often used to cap misshapen and discolored teeth that have undergone root canal treatments.
Dental veneers are used to restore the appearance of your front teeth. They can function to restore cracked, uneven, chipped, or permanently discolored teeth. Dental veneers are custom-made to the perfect shape and color for your smile. The most popular kind of dental veneer is made from porcelain veneer. After your custom-made veneers are made, they are then cemented over the top of your teeth.
Dental implants are the most effective options for replacing missing teeth. With dental implants, a titanium post is placed in the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth. Once the implant post is securely healed in the mouth, a crown is placed over the implant, providing a natural looking restoration.
Dental implants are more secure, comfortable, and natural-looking than dentures. They also preserve your existing dental health by stimulating jawbone growth when you chew, aiding the neighboring teeth and gums.
Choose an Experienced Corvallis Dentist For Your Dental Restoration
Dr. Burnett and the entire team at Kent Burnett, DDS in Corvallis are committed to preserving and restoring your smile. With over 20 years of experience, our team understands the importance of helping patients feel comfortable during their dental visits, while providing the most effective dental treatments. Restore your smile by calling our experienced team today to schedule a consultation 541-588-1100.
Initial Visit & Forms
As a convenience to our patients, all the necessary forms are available to be downloaded, filled out either as a fillable PDF or printed and completed by hand. Either way you will save time at your initial visit by bringing the completed forms to your initial visit, along with a list of any medications you are currently taking.