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A Guide to Restorative Dentistry Procedures

A man smiles after receiving dental restoration at a dental office.
Cheerful patient sitting in a dental chair and holding a mirror while smiling at the camera after dental restoration procedures

Going to the dentist is essential to maintain a healthy mouth and a stunning smile. When dental hygiene is neglected or a dental visit is not available for a while, tooth decay can set in and cause permanent tooth damage.

People can also suffer injury to their teeth. This kind of damage can’t be fixed with normal cleaning procedures. That’s where restorative dentistry comes in! There are many different kinds of restorative procedures, so let’s talk about them.

Root Canals

Root canals help to save teeth once they’ve succumbed to internal tooth decay. When a cavity or crack forms in a tooth, bacteria can settle into the newly created space. The bacteria begins chewing away at the soft pulp of the tooth and causes more problems.

Typically, symptoms include pain, inflammation around the mouth, sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, and swollen gums. Extreme tooth decay can lead to a dental abscess, which can cause other medical problems like a tooth being pulled. Even more serious complications could occur if left untreated.

Root canals usually take 1-2 visits. To start a root canal, Dr. Moulton take x-rays of your teeth to see how much damage has been inflicted. An anesthetic helps to reduce pain during the procedure.

After the anesthesia, Dr. Moulton removes the pulp and flushes and cleans the inside of the tooth with an antimicrobial solution.

After a drying process, the pulp champers are permanently filled in with a biocompatible material. The access point is filled or a crown is placed to finish the procedure.

Dental Crowns

When a tooth is damaged, it becomes more susceptible to further damage. A sign of damage can include sensitivity to hot and cold foods. This is because enamel, the outer protective coating on your teeth, is much less effective with a hole in it. Think of it as a chink in a suit of armor. It’s much easier for bacteria to enter or the tooth to crack when its defense has been weakened.

A dental crown is a cap or protective coverings laid over a damaged tooth. Dental crowns can be porcelain, metal, or ceramic. The material in the crown depends on the location of the damage, how much healthy tooth remains, and the gum line. Dr. Moulton will go over the reasons why he recommends a specific material type.

A dental crown placement is relatively easy, and usually not anything to worry over. During this procedure, the damaged tooth is filed down to create a base for the crown. Usually, a temporary crown comes before a permanent one is ready. However, sometimes your permanent crown is ready during your first visit.

Dentures

Dentures are false teeth worn when people are missing entire sections of teeth. They allow people with missing teeth to chew food effectively, are removable, and require cleansing on a daily basis. There are partial dentures and complete dentures, which are exactly as they sound.

Partial dentures replace some missing teeth, while complete dentures replace an entire row of missing teeth.

When people need dentures, they are usually getting either conventional or immediate dentures. Conventional dentures take 8-12 weeks to make. Immediate dentures are ready-made for immediate replacement after tooth removal.

While immediate dentures mighty sound more convenient, they typically need to be adjusted a few times before they fit comfortably. Conventional dentures take so long to make because they’re made specifically for an individual’s mouth shape and size.

To make dentures, Dr. Moulton takes measurements of your jaw and the inside of your mouth. He also takes impressions of your teeth and makes various models until finding one that fits comfortably.

Dental Implants

Lastly, we will talk about dental implants. These are replacements for your teeth’ natural roots. Basically, implants are the anchor for a future crown.

Dental implants are very comfortable and hardly noticeable after the crown is in place. This is because the implant acts as the root and the crown models your natural teeth in color and shape. They look, feel, and function like natural teeth.

Dental implants have a titanium base, which is the first section put into your tooth socket. As the bone heals, your jawbone fuses to the implant and firmly cements into your dental foundation. This can take 3 to 6 months. Once the implant is ready, Dr. Moulton will install a connector post to easily connect the base to the crown.

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Lexington Family Smiles is a small dental team dedicated to improving patient’s smiles and confidence in their teeth. If you have a dental problem or just haven’t been in for a cleaning in a while, feel free to schedule an appointment with us!