How to Restore a Damaged Tooth or Teeth at the Dentist
Dental damage takes many shapes and forms. We commonly see dental damage such as chipped teeth, discoloured teeth, missing teeth, ‘rotten’ or decayed teeth, teeth with cavities, teeth with infected dental pulp, teeth with an abscess, cracked teeth or fractured teeth… The list goes on.
Despite the diversity of issues that we may encounter with our teeth, the treatment options for the different types of damage are often quite straightforward. They vary in how much is involved in the procedure, but generally they may require a filling, or sometimes , they require the addition of a dental prosthesis in the form of a veneer, a crownor a dental implant.
In this article, your dentist Indooroopilly will explore these different types of dental prosthesis that fall under the banner of prosthodontics.
Is the addition of a prosthesis required or is a simpler option available for me?
If your dental issues are relatively superficial or relate to alignment rather than actual damage, then you may not need a dental prosthesis such as a dental crown at your dentist Taringa or dentist Pullenvale.
If the issue you are experiencing is discolouration, then teeth whitening may be an appropriate and easy fix for you. Teeth whitening is a straightforward process carried out during an appointment at River City Dental. After your gums are covered and protected with a barrier, your Fig Tree Pocket dentist will skilfully apply a peroxide gel to the teeth, repeating the process as necessary to achieve a whiter, brighter smile. The limitation with whitening is that it cannot change the shape of your teeth!
We often hold our teeth responsible for a smile that we are unhappy with, but it can also be our gums that are the cause of our dissatisfaction. This is the case when someone feels they have a gummy smile or a gum line that sits too far along the tooth. Did you know that your Chelmer dentist can correct a gummy smile with a gum lift? Gum lifts are conducted under a local anaesthetic, with the gum tissue being removed by laser or scalpel, and stitches being used if necessary.
Suresmile Aligners are anotheroption that can be used to correct relatively minor alignment issues in adult teeth – for example if your teeth are slightly crossed over, uneven, or spread apart. Firstly, your dentist Indooroopilly or other dentist near me will undertake a 3D scan of the mouth. They will then use this to design a series of clear aligners.
By wearing these and progressing between the different sets of clear aligners as you go, the teeth will shift over time. This is achieved gradually, using minimal force, and therefore any pain or discomfort is limited. Many people enjoy clear aligners as an alternative to braces for minor corrections because they can be removed, make it easy to clean your teeth, and are clear and therefore hard to see when you are wearing them in day-to-day life.
However, the limitation with the above treatments is that they cannot change the shape of the natural tooth itself – only its surface or its positioning. Next, we will explore how dental prostheses can be used to correct more major damage to the shape and structure of teeth.
What are dental veneers and are they right for me?
A dental veneer is a thin shell or surface layer of material, sometimes called an ‘overlay’, which is designed to look like a natural tooth surface. They are commonly applied to the teeth at the front of the mouth because their role is largely to correct cosmetic damage or abnormalities.
A veneer may be appropriate for covering a chipped tooth, a narrow tooth, or a pointy tooth, just to provide a few examples. If a tooth is badly discoloured, for example from an injury or damage, then veneers may be more effective than whitening.
Veneers are often used in conjunction with each other. By having a number of veneers done at the same time, a person can correct their smile and make it as consistent as possible across the main teeth that show. This is often necessary, but it is common for teeth abnormalities to affect multiple teeth within the smile.
Veneers are not a one size fits all approach; rather, your dentist near me or emergency dentist will customise them based on the shape of your existing teeth and the precise colour. To achieve the ultimate in smile appearance, the smile needs to be convincing, and uniform.
Bonding of Veneers
For veneers to be bonded, it is first necessary to prepare the teeth to which they will be applied by cleaning and potentially by scaling them back slightly, to form a smooth and effective bonding service. This is also to ensure that the teeth sit at a natural and desirable depth, rather than sticking too far forward. The reduction of existing teeth is limited to the thickness of the veneer – which are generally very thin at around a third to half a millimetre.
At River City Dental, our Brisbane dental clinic offers porcelain veneers. Other types of veneer are available on the marketplace (for example, composite resin), but porcelain is widely recognised as the most durable and life-like, least prone to chipping and cracking, and the least likely to become discoloured over time.
Whether dental veneers are right for you will be discussed with your dentist Fig Tree Pocket, dentist Chelmer, or dentist Taringa. They will be able to advise on your suitability, and on whether veneers are the correct solution for your circumstance.
What are dental crowns and are they right for me?
A dental crown, which may be a porcelain crown, is a dentist-designed cap that is fitted over an existing tooth to restore the tooth to its original condition, in terms of its size, shape, colour and usefulness as a tool for chewing and biting.
They are the go-to procedure when damage cannot be corrected with a treatment such as a filling or a veneer. They may be recommended by your Taringa dentist if you are suffering from broken teeth, fractured teeth, and decayed teeth. Dental crowns may also be purely cosmetic or recommended following damage to an earlier filling. Before any recommendations are made, though, your Indooroopilly dentist will investigate your suitability, looking into the health of your gums and of your teeth.
Crowns can be undertaken on your front teeth and on your molars which are less wisible, but very important for chewing.
Like veneers, crowns are designed to blend in with the surrounding teeth. They have more functional benefits than veneers, but your Brisbane dentist can also use them to improve the appearance of your smile at the same time. Crowns are an example of a two-in-one treatment. They look good, and they feel better!
Visually pleasing smile
Like all dental prosthetic procedures, the application of dental crowns takes a skilled and experienced dentist. The benefits of partnering with such a dentist to achieve your dream smile are various, and include longer-lasting natural teeth, stronger teeth and much more.
In terms of the actual crown procedure, this has historically taken a long time for patients and meant that they had to visit on multiple days, with the dental crown process being broken down to a number of steps that could impact the convenience of those needing crowns.
Our dental clinic Indooroopilly, River City Dental, has decided on a different approach: embracing the many benefits of digital dentistry to deliver a quicker solution for patients that is just as effective if not more so.
It all begins with our CEREC technology. This takes a quick scan of your teeth, resulting in a 3D model that your dentist can then work with to develop suitable crowns. This advanced technology can then prepare a dental crown on the same day.
The CEREC mill is used to mill the crown while you watch a movie and then your dentist Taringa or dentist Pullenvale will bond the completed dental crown into place. Prior to it being bonded, your dentist will have had to have undertake some minor natural tooth preparations.
This CEREC approach boycotts gooey impressions, which many people find unpleasant. Here at River City Dental, we want to make the experience as straightforward and pleasant for you as possible.
The trademark of a good dentist will be that before the procedure, they will thoroughly explain what the procedure involves, its pros and cons, and its cost. Following the procedure, they will provide you detailed instructions for care. This is something we are passionate about here at our Chelmer dentist – ensuring you are equipped with all the information you need to make informed choices.
What are dental implants and are they right for me?
Dental implants are a method for replacing lost teeth, which may have been lost due to extensive decay or infection, or been knocked out during a dentally traumatic incident, such as a fall or a sports collision.
If support in the jawbone is still strong, then endodontic therapy (a root canal procedure) may be able to give this tooth ‘another life’. However, if support is weak, then the decision may be made to extract this tooth – and to replace it with a dental implant.
The reasons for replacing missing teeth relate to a lot more than just appearance. If a missing tooth is not replaced, then the surrounding teeth may be able to shift out of place. For example, if there is a missing tooth, the tooth behind the gap may tilt or shift towards the gap. Whereas those above may angle into the gap, playing off against the tooth on the bottom which they contact in the act of chewing.
An implant is placed in the jawbone, and therefore it functions just like a natural tooth, moving with your jaw as you move your jaw.. Dental implants at your local dentist Toowong may be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth in a row (in conjunction with a dental bridge). They can also be used to secure dentures.
Two stages of dental surgery
Your dentist will need to assess your suitability for the procedure before it goes ahead, as this can depend on your overall health (which determines your suitability for surgery) and the cause of the missing tooth. Should you be suitable, your dentist will use scans to guide the dental approach to the precise placement of the implant.
The surgery has two stages. The first is to place the implant into the jawbone by first making an incision in the gum and then a hole in the jawbone. This hole then receives the implant with its thread-like exterior and the gum is sealed over. A process of healing is allowed to occur, so that the implant can become integrated with the jawbone.
The second procedure is more straightforward, and it completes the dental implant process. Firstly, it involves the dentist ensuring that a firm foundation has developed via the dental implant, which will support the restoration. Checking this will involve clearing the gum to assess the implant and bone. Generally, after three to six months after the first procedure, your dental implant will be ready. At this point, your dentist will fit the crown, and the process will be complete.
Finding an Indooroopilly dentist to restore my damaged teeth and missing teeth
Having damaged teeth can be a stressful experience. It may make it harder for us to eat, may cause us pain, affect our self-confidence, and potentially lead to further damage.
However, as we have explored today, there are a range of treatment options available to help to restore your teeth and achieve your smile goals. Contact River City Dental on (07) 3667 9595 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment.
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