Not taking adequate care of your teeth and mouth harms more than just their appearance. You will also be putting yourself at risk of severe dental pain, tooth loss, and even infections that can potentially enter your bloodstream and put your overall health at risk.
The term “restorative dentistry” involves resolving a variety of different oral health problems with the intention of restoring both the function and appearance of the mouth, gums, and teeth.
The goal of any great restorative dentist is to preserve the natural teeth as much as possible. However, if it is not in the best interests of the patient to retain a tooth that is damaged, “restorative dentistry” also includes replacing it with a quality alternative such as a bridge or dental implant. In the case of multiple teeth, a partial or full denture may be more suitable.
If you are suffering from dental problems that are affecting the use and appearance of your teeth, you may be looking for a restorative dentist in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. At PGA Dentistry, we are proud to provide services by some of the most skilled and experienced restorative dentists in Florida.
Restorative dentistry can comprise of a range of different procedures and therapies. These include the following:
If you develop an area of decay in your tooth, you will need to have the decay removed to stop it from spreading. Once it has been removed, the tooth must be filled to prevent bacteria and debris from getting inside and causing further dental problems
The restoration that replaces the removed cavity is known as a filling. Cavity fillings can be created from several different materials, including porcelain, composite resin or gold. We recommend porcelain fillings or composite resin fillings since they most closely resemble the natural tooth and enable the restoration to blend in with your smile. Gold is still used in some cases in areas that aren’t visible. Silver amalgam fillings were fabricated with a high percentage of toxic mercury and are not used in our practice.
Dental crowns are used when decay or damage to a tooth is so extensive that a cavity filling is insufficient to maintain the support of the remaining tooth. Crowns are essentially tooth-shaped caps that sit over the top of the affected tooth, completely covering it. The artificial crown, which is custom designed just for you so that it closely resembles your natural teeth, is then placed over the damaged tooth to restore the strength, size, shape, and appearance of the tooth.
Dental bridges are the conventional solution for missing teeth. A bridge has a crown on each end and an artificial tooth in the middle that works by literally bridging the gap left by a missing tooth. Dental crowns are placed over natural teeth either side of the space, anchoring the prosthesis in place. By placing a bridge, we can prevent other teeth from shifting into the space left by the missing tooth.
Dental implants are a revolutionary new alternative to conventional solutions for missing teeth. They are comprised of titanium posts that are inserted into your jaw which act as anchors for your chosen restoration. Dental implants are available as a single tooth replacement, or they can replace multiple teeth by anchoring bridges and even dentures to your mouth so that they are stronger and more durable than regular varieties.
Dental infections are a fairly common problem. If you have a dental infection that penetrates the root of your tooth, the most common way to deal with it is through a procedure known as root canal therapy. Without treatment, you will almost certainly end up with a serious infection and ultimately losing the tooth. Root canal therapy is infamous for being one of the most unpleasant dental treatments, but modern anesthetics and techniques mean that it is no more invasive or painful than a routine cavity filling.
Periodontal treatments such as scaling and root planning or non-surgical periodontal therapy involve cleaning all debris and bacteria from periodontally diseased pockets, resulting in healing of gum tissues. Left untreated, gum disease can turn into periodontitis – an inflammatory condition that can cause gum recession, jaw bone deterioration, and tooth loss. Not to mention, periodontitis has also been shown to be a contributing factor in the development of health problems including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
If you want to preserve your natural teeth and oral health for as long as possible, you will want to ensure that you entrust your dental care to an experienced, competent and diligent dentist. Schedule a complimentary consultation with our restorative dentist in Palm Beach Gardens at PGA Dentistry to ensure you are receiving the best care possible. Call (561) 220-0700 today to learn more.