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6 Restorative Dentistry Procedures Explained

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Many patients fear going to their dentist, but going in for oral checkups is as important as any doctor visit.

About 80% of adults receive one or more types of restorative dentistry in their lifetime. Most Americans suffer from complications like tooth decay and not aware of it. Fear of the dentist turns into relief, trust, and comfort when you visit Lexington Family Smiles dental office.

We offer a few restorative dentistry services and make sure you are comfortable throughout the whole procedure. Keep reading to learn about each of these restorative procedures that we offer in Lexington, SC.

1. Root Canal

Root canals are probably one of the most dreaded forms of dental restorative treatments for patients. But root canals are not as bad as they sound, even though the doctor must drill inside of the tooth to help get rid of any debris and decay that is within the roots. Your doctor will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area so there is little to no pain.

In order to see the degree of damage and decay to the tooth, doctors will take X-rays of your teeth. X-rays are a safe way to check the condition of your teeth under the gums and helps the dentist put together a better treatment plan. 

Getting a root canal is the best option for those with tooth decay deep inside the tooth but have a chance to save the tooth before the decay spreads too far. We have experienced doctors on our team, like Dr. Moulton, who can make the experience something patients will not have to get anxious about. 

2. Inlays/Onlays

Patients can receive inlays and onlays as a type of dental restorative procedure. Both are made to fit each patient, so customization is often something that happens in a dental lab. Inlays and onlays are the most appropriate for patients who have extensive damage that fillings or dental crowns are not appropriate for. 

At our dental office, you can get a dental inlay if the tooth cusp remains intact. Those who have damage to their tooth cusp will require an onlay instead. 

3. Crowns

Dr. Moulton will use crowns for patients dealing with significant structural impairment with their teeth. Crowns maintain the strength and overall look of a tooth. This may be due to a weak or cracked tooth, broken tooth, or large filling. 

Others may know dental crowns as “tooth caps” since they cover a tooth in its entirety up to the lining of the gum. You can also get a crown to cover discolored teeth. In order for dental crowns to fit the best, Dr. Moulton will trim down the tooth needing the crown. 

When you visit a dental office, you will need two appointments to complete a dental crown. However, it’s also possible to get a dental crown in one day. 

4. Dental Implants

Dental implants are a type of dental restoration that gives patients that natural tooth look and feel. The implant takes the place of the tooth root and a crown attaches to the implant. Dental implants are the most natural-looking and functional tooth replacement option. You can use dental implants to restore one or several teeth. They also help to prevent bone loss in the upper or lower jaw.

The implants go into the bone socket similar to the root of a tooth. An attachment (called an abutment) screws into the implant and holds the crown. Taking care of the implants is as simple as brushing and flossing the same as you would with your natural teeth. 

5. Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are connected crowns, often 3 or 4, that fill gaps of missing teeth. A bridge is secured in place by healthy teeth on either side.

Dental bridges are useful because they prevent the teeth from misaligning, which can cause overbites or underbites, TMD, and other issues. In untreated cases, you may notice oral structural changes which will make it hard to talk or eat. A dental bridge is a great preventive measure that also improves the appearance of your smile.

A bridge is permanent as Dr. Moulton places a crown over healthy teeth on either side of the bridge to securely hold it in place. There are some removable dental bridges. This is possible if it clasps onto the natural teeth on either side of the bridge. 

6. Dentures

Dentures are false teeth that look real and take the place of real teeth. They are one type of prosthesis for patients missing many or all teeth.

Dentures allow patients to regain the ability to speak and eat. They also improve the appearance of their smile which can improve self-confidence. 

There are two main types of dentures: partial dentures and complete dentures.

Partial dentures replace a few missing teeth. They are held in place with metal clasps that attach to your natural teeth. Sometimes a slot in the middle of a tooth secures the denture in place.

Complete dentures are a full set of false teeth. In this case all teeth have either been removed or fallen out. Complete dentures can can include dental implants

Lexington Family Smiles Offers Restorative Dentistry in Lexington, SC

You can regain your smile with restorative dentistry by visiting our Lexington, SC, dental office. Contact us to request an appointment. We provide a variety of restorative services for patients of all ages.