September 11, 2017
The human body is an incredible machine with amazing healing capabilities. When you break a bone, it can fuse together over time with renewed strength. But unfortunately, one of the things we can’t do is regrow teeth after they’re lost.
Thank goodness, then, for restorative dentistry! With advances in medicine and technology, our team at Oregon Smile Care Center are able to help you make your old smile new again with a variety of techniques. That’s what today’s blog is all about.
Dr. Hanson can help you find just the right solution for the problems that affect your oral health with restorative treatment right here in our Salem dental office. Here are just a few of the ways we can do that!
So many people rely on restorative dentistry to repair damage for a variety of reasons. Whether it’s some kind of trauma or injury to your teeth that have left them chipped, cracked, or knocked out, or you’ve suffered problems from decay or infection, Dr. Hanson can find the right treatment to make your smile as good as new.
Here are some common examples of how we use restorative dentistry in our Salem office:
Decayed Or Infected Teeth
If you have a cavity caused by tooth decay, normally we can treat it with a standard dental filling. We use a tooth-colored resin to fill the small hole, and your tooth is as good as new.
But sometimes, if the decay has had enough time to fester, the cavity can destroy too much of your tooth’s enamel and create a hole too large for a filling. When that happens, a dental crown is a great way to cover the tooth and protect it from further decay.
Worn Or Misshapen Teeth
Usually, this kind of dental problem happens slowly over time so you don’t really notice how your teeth are changing shape. It can be caused by habits like chewing on ice cubes or grinding your teeth, for example.
An effective way to get your teeth back in shape is with tooth bonding. Using a resin that matches the color of your other teeth, Dr. Hanson can bond the material to your enamel and then shape it to its original beauty.
Chipped, Cracked, Or Broken Teeth
Your teeth can become chipped, cracked, or broken for a number of reasons. As we mentioned earlier, chewing on hard ice or grinding your teeth can wear down your teeth and even leave them chipped or cracked.
You can break a tooth because of a fall, or you bumped into something, or even just by biting down on something in the wrong way. These problems can be corrected with tooth bonding or dental crowns, depending on the extent of the damage.
Car accidents, falls, or sports injuries can all be recipes for disaster when it comes to your smile. A knocked out tooth leaves an empty space that needs to be filled for the good of your oral health.
Dental crowns are a great tooth replacement option when you’ve lost a tooth. It’s a natural-looking restorations that works and feels like the real thing, and it’s held firmly in place by a dental bridge on both sides.
Other causes of tooth loss are decay and gum disease. When harmful bacteria takes over your teeth and gums, you can risk losing more than one tooth, maybe several or all of them, even.
Dental implants are the best option in tooth replacement today. They are placed in your jawbone and fuse to the bone for ultimate strength and security. Dental crowns are used to cover the implant for a beautifully restored, fully functioning set of teeth.
With all the options in restorative dentistry available to you, there is no reason you should have to walk around with an old smile in desperate need for repair. Let Dr. Hanson and our team at Oregon Smile Care Center help renew the smile you once had!