Restorative Dentistry Colorado Springs CO
While we all desire to grow old with our natural teeth, diseases and injuries can compromise our oral health, causing tooth loss.
Fortunately, through restorative dentistry, we can restore your tooth appearance and functionality. At SmileCOS Dentistry, we will help you understand restorative dentistry and the options available.
As the name suggests, restorative dentistry focuses on repairing or replacing missing teeth. Through restorative dentistry, Andrew Miller, DDS and Francisco Darquea, DDS will restore your ability to speak, bite and chew.
Dental implants are artificial roots with dental crowns. They are ideal if you have missing teeth due to gum disease, tooth decay, or injury and offer an excellent alternative to bridges if the adjacent natural teeth are not strong.
Your bones and gums should be healthy for successful dental implant surgery. We will perform graft surgery before the implant if you have bone resorption.
During your first appointment, we will place a metal anchor to act as the tooth's root in your jawbone.
Later on, we will attach a post to the metal anchor. This post extends above the gum line, and we will give it up to six months for the bone to grow around the anchor for firm support.
We will then cement a crown on your final appointment.
Dental fillings are a common restorative procedure since cavities are prevalent. The mouth contains bacteria that can multiply above the threshold with poor dental practices.
When these bacteria burrow into your tooth's enamel, they create a cavity requiring a filing. Upon visiting us for a cavity filling, we will remove the decayed part of the tooth and fill it with a composite filling.
The latter option is a tooth-colored filling that will blend well with your natural teeth.
If you have cracked or decayed teeth, we can reinforce them with a crown. During the procedure, we will shave the top part of your tooth and place the crown.
Crowns are available in different materials, but most patients prefer composite fillings, which mimic and function like your natural tooth.
We may recommend a dental bridge if you lose one or more teeth. The procedure involves placing a prosthetic tooth to fill the gap left by your natural tooth.
This restoration eliminates the gap, restores your bite and speech, and prevents adjacent teeth from shifting into the gap.
Dentures are fixed or removable prosthetic teeth that replace natural teeth. You can attach removable dentures to your gums through adhesives or suction.
Fixed or implant-supported dentures stay in place courtesy of implants placed on the jaw.
Restorative procedures aim at bringing your tooth to functionality. However, it may sometimes be impossible to save your tooth due to extensive damage or cavities. In such cases, we will resort to tooth extraction. Tooth extraction can also be necessary if you have an impacted tooth or crowded teeth.
Depending on the state of your tooth, we will use simple or surgical methods. We will administer anesthesia to numb your tooth area during a simple extraction. Using an elevator, we will loosen the tooth and remove it using a pair of forceps.
The surgical extraction may require more anesthesia for maximum comfort and depend on whether you have underlying medical conditions. If you have an impacted tooth, we will cut your gum and bone tissues covering the tooth. Using forceps, we will grasp the tooth and loosen it from the ligaments and jawbone.
Where the tooth is hard to pull, we will remove it in pieces.
After tooth extraction, we will manage bleeding using special gauze. We also administer medications to ease discomfort after the anesthesia wears off.
Root Canal Procedure
The inner tooth structure comprises the pulp, which is soft and delicate. Surrounding the pulp is the enamel for protection. When a tooth cavity or crack penetrates deep into your tooth to the pulp, it provides a way for bacteria that infects your pulp. When this happens, you will require a root canal procedure.
The root canal procedure aims at saving your natural tooth. This procedure starts with an x-ray to establish the extent of the damage. We will then administer anesthesia to ensure your comfort during the procedure. Carefully, we will remove the diseased pulp, nerves, and blood vessels from the tooth.
We will then disinfect the tooth and fill the canals with a special dental material called gutta-percha. We will cover the tooth with a crown or resin to prevent further infection. Crowns are specifically helpful for teeth at the back of the mouth, given the bite forces.
The root canal procedure will take up to an hour. The procedure successfully treats tooth infection unless it has reached the roots, in which case tooth extraction becomes necessary to prevent the spread to other parts of the body.
After a root canal procedure, you will experience mild discomfort, but we will prescribe medication to manage the symptoms.
Inlays and Onlays
When your tooth is too damaged for restoration with a filling yet not so much to require a crown, we will restore it through inlays and onlays. Inlays and onlays preserve your tooth structure and last longer than fillings.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet-rich Plasma is becoming a valuable tool in the dental industry in implant surgery, tooth extractions, and periodontal surgery. This tissue regeneration approach helps in faster wound healing, bone regeneration, and tissue repair.
The PRP process starts before your procedure.
Our specialist will draw a sample of your blood and place it in a centrifuge machine to extract the platelet-rich plasma.
We will then collect the PRP and apply it to the appropriate tissue, bone, or wound. The procedure takes about 30 minutes.
Schedule Your Restorative Dentistry Procedures with Your Colorado Springs Dentist Today!
Restorative dentistry procedures offer patients the opportunity to regain their confidence after losing their teeth due to decay or injury. If you are a candidate for restorative dentistry, you can reach SmileCOS Dentistry at (719) 394-3304 and schedule your appointment.
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