What is restorative dentistry?

Restorative dentistry is the term that professionals use to describe how they repair or replace missing or damaged teeth. There are several procedures that dentists use to bring back your original smile. The practices of dentistry have really changed throughout the years and many advances have been made with this evolution of technology. Materials change and so do the medicines used for and after procedures. Dentists and their assistants spend years researching and practicing these procedures to ensure the patient is taken care of. If you have a dental problem, then there is a procedure out there that a dentist can use to help you out.

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What are the different dental Procedures?

There are quite a few procedures that dentists practice. The procedure that you are in need of depends what the problem is. Here are a few of the procedures a dentist may use to fix your dental issue.

  • Dental Crown: A dental crown colorado springs is also known as a dental cap. This dental restoration completely encircles the tooth to prevent it from getting damaged further due to a large cavity. The crown will restore the tooth to its original shape and size. You will be able to use your tooth normally after the crown is applied. A crown is usually bonded to your tooth with dental cement.
  • Dental Implants: Some say that dental implants colorado springs co is the closest thing you can get to a real tooth replacement. When getting a dental implant, the root and damaged tooth are fully removed. An implant is then bonded with the jawbone. This implant is almost like a screw or artificial bone. An abutment is then attached to the implant and the custom made crown is then bonded to the abutment. Artificial implants are the only type of restorative dentistry that preserves natural bone.
  • Dentures: For those that have lost all of their teeth due to gum disease, there are colorado springs dentures. Dentures are a removable replacement for the teeth you lost. There are 2 types of dentures. Complete and partial. Complete dentures are applied to the gums after removal. Due to gums and bone shrinking with age, complete dentures need to be adjusted. Partial dentures are recommended to those who still have some teeth left. The partial dentures are installed on a pink plastic or artificial base that resembles the gums. Partial dentures can be removed if needed. Your dentures will help you replace your smile.
  • Dental Fillings: Fillings are usually used to cover or close cavities that have not yet spread too wide. During this procedure, the dentist will grind out and clean the tooth to rid it of any decay in the cavity. The dentist will then fill the cavity. Dental fillings colorado springs will seal the cavity so that the tooth can retain its normal function. Fillings come in a variety of materials, depending on your budget. Fillings can be gold, silver or porcelain. Depending on the material that you choose, some fillings last longer than others. In time, due to constant grinding to the tooth a cavity can fall out and need to be replaced.
  • Dental Bridges: If you have had a tooth break off or fall out in between other teeth, then a dental bridge would be a good option to cover the gap. Pontics (fake teeth) are usually made of porcelain so that they may blend in with your other teeth. Pontics however can be made of gold and silver as well.

Of course there are other services like braces that could help restore your teeth, but the above mentioned procedures help fix or replace the actual tooth.

how do i know what i need?

The first step to determining what you need done will be to go get your teeth checked by a professional. We here at Balota Family Dentistry will be more than happy to help you in determining how you can restore your wonderful smile. We will sit down with you and go over all the data we collected during your checkup and help you decide what can be done and what fits in your budget.

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To learn more about our dental practices and procedures or to make an appointment with Dr. Balota, please feel free to contact Balota Family Dentistry at our Colorado Springs, CO dental office. Dr. Balota serves the local communities of Colorado Springs, Northwest Colorado Springs, West Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City, Manitou Springs, and surrounding areas.

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