Dental Restorations and Oral Health

Owning the perfect smile is a tonic of self-confidence. A new world begins where an overwhelming smile adorns the face while communicating more than any word could ever express. Who then, wouldn't enjoy the newfound confidence that dental restorations can bring about?


A Dental Restoration can enhance a tooth's ability to function and its physical appearance that has been compromised by injuries, deformities, fractures, or decay.


What are Dental Restorations?

Restorations of teeth refer to an array of procedures carried out by dentists to repair missing teeth, to replace damaged portions of teeth, or to remove chunks of teeth that need to be removed for further prevention of dental decay that can cause discomfort later on.


Dental restorations can enhance your smile by addressing imperfections, covering a decayed tooth, rehabilitating the tooth impairment, boosting oral health, and just as importantly the self-confidence.


Which kind of complications are treated with dental restorations?

If you have decayed, discoloured, crooked, worn, unhealthy or damaged, injured or fractured, deterioration or weakening of teeth, your dentist may have one simple solution to fix all these problems- dental restorations.


Additionally, to prevent further additional damage of tooth decay and to restore the natural operating system of your teeth for attaining the perfect curve of a smile on your face can provide cosmetic benefits.


Types of Dental Restorations

There are quite a few stratagems that can reinstate or bring back the look and function of teeth. Depending upon the type and degree of dental damage you perceive, restoration procedures will differ. Some common tooth or dental restoration types include:


Dental Crowns:

Dental crowns are commonly referred to as dental caps that encloses an entire tooth or a dental implant. You can imagine it as a tooth-shaped snug hat that is placed over the head of your damaged tooth to cover it entirely. Dental crowns are used as a safeguard to:

● Cracked or weaker teeth.

● A susceptible tooth after a root canal.

● Huge cavities for dental fillings.

● Worn-down teeth.

● Anchor a bridge to replace missing teeth.


Dental Fillings:

One of the most practised and common types of tooth restoration techniques is dental filling. This is used to replenish a cavity in your teeth with silver amalgam, glass materials, gold, and tooth-coloured plastic materials termed composite resin fillings.


As dental filling is a simple procedure that doesn't require specialist care, your dentist will first clean the affected area where cavities are spread and fill it with resin material.


However, if the cavity is clearly visible when you smile or speak, your dentist may replenish it with a tooth-coloured filling material to give it a more natural look. Options may include- glass ionomer, white filling (or composite resins), and resin-modified glass ionomer.


Bridges (Fixed partial denture):

Bridges are untrue or fake teeth (pontics) that are prepared to ‘bridge’ the gap or replace the missing tooth. These are usually linked to the adjoining teeth (or abutments) with the aid of crowns, thus simultaneously rehabilitating the operating system and appearance of your mouth.


There exist 4 main types of dental bridges:

● Maryland.

● Implanted-support.

● Traditional bridges.

● Cantilever.


To hide your enveloped tooth, bridges are generally made out of porcelain.

Bridges strive to exactly match and attain almost the natural colour of one's existing teeth that might require wrapping either side of a healthy tooth with retainers (or crowns) to fix it in a particular place.


Implants:

An implant is called or recognised as a small artificial root of a tooth made up of metal like titanium (or titanium mixture) that looks similar to a screw which is then situated into the bone socket where the tooth is missing.


Implants are mainly performed in two types:

Subperiosteal: This type of implant is done when the jawbone is unable to bear the pressure of an endosteal implant or is unhealthy to get drilled. Hence, in this case, an artificial root is positioned above the jawbone or on it.

Endosteal: It is when the artificial root is positioned into a healthy jawbone that can sustain the mechanical pressure placed on it.


Dental implants are not just limited to making your teeth look natural, but also they improve your toning (or speech) and bite.


Dentures:

Dentures are untrue or false removable replacement of absent structures of the teeth and their neighbouring tissues. If you’ve lost your teeth because of an accident, gum disease, or an injury then dentures are the ones to recover your lost smile.


In addition to it, if you have some of your own natural teeth remaining, you may also go for a partial dental replacement.


There are three types of dentures that cosmetic dentistry or your dentist can offer:

Immediate denture: An immediate denture is positioned in your mouth the same day your tooth is being drawn out or removed. It is removable.

Conventional denture: It is implanted or positioned after a wee month while the residual teeth are removed and nearby tissues are recovered completely or healed. It is also removable.

Overdenture: An overdenture is a removable dental prosthesis that is an updated version of traditional dentures. It can be fixed over the teeth while a few teeth are remaining.


In the end, smile to change the world, but don't let dental imperfections change the way you smile.

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