Restorative dentistry includes procedures for repairing teeth and gums that have been damaged by tooth decay, gum disease, and physical trauma. By performing restorations, our Houston restorative dentistry expert helps patients regain normal appearance and functioning. Our dentist offers restorations that match the color and structure of natural teeth, boosting the cosmetic value patients receive. A variety of tooth replacements, both stationary and removable, are also available for patients who have suffered tooth loss.
The type of restorative treatment that our dentist recommends depends on a number of factors, including the severity of damage involved and the treatment goals patients have. For relatively minor damage, such as small cavities, our expert in restorative dentistry in Houston may recommend tooth-colored fillings that increase the strength of treated teeth. Inlays and onlays, also known as pre-formed fillings, may be used for more extensive damage on the chewing surfaces of molars. Inlays are smaller than onlays and are used for damage within the edges of teeth, and onlays cover the chewing surface when damage reaches the outer edges. Porcelain dental crowns may be used to cap teeth completely after damage has severely compromised structural integrity and appearance.
Patients who have lost teeth are at higher risk of tooth decay, gum disease, tooth shifting, jaw bone deterioration, and additional tooth loss. All tooth replacement options from our Houston restorative dentistry expert restore chewing ability and appearance, but certain options also prevent shifting, jaw bone loss, or both. Full and partial dentures are removable and are used to replace all of the teeth or just one or a few teeth, respectively. However, dentures cannot fully prevent jaw bone deterioration and tooth shifting. Dental bridges remain stable in the mouth and keep other teeth from shifting, and dental implants are rooted in the jaw bone and prevent the jaw bone from losing mass over time.
Dental restoration not only supports oral and overall health but also helps patients stay confident after suffering dental problems. With daily brushing and flossing and regular check-ups from our expert in restorative dentistry in Houston, restorations can last patients for many years. A consultation with our dentist in Houston can be scheduled to learn more about our restorative dental services.
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