Restorative dental treatments repair or replace teeth that have been damaged by injury or decay. While the focus of restorative dentistry is improving oral health, many of these procedures also result in improved aesthetics as well.
Choosing a prosthodontist for your restorative treatments means you’re choosing a dental professional who has received advanced training in how to create restorations that perfectly balance form and function, with results that look and perform just like natural teeth. Dr. Cusanello prioritizes saving as much of your original tooth structure as possible by using conservative treatments that preserve the integrity of your teeth and jaw.
Lexington Prosthodontics offers the following types of restorative procedures:
Aside from dental cleanings and oral exams, cavities are one of the most common reasons for visiting the dentist. We treat cavities by carefully removing all areas of decay, then using a tooth-colored composite material to restore the surface of the tooth to its original shape and size. The result is an aesthetic restoration that blends in naturally with the rest of your smile.
Sometimes decay and damage are too extensive for a composite filling to repair, but not enough to warrant the use of a crown. In these cases, we use inlays and onlays as a restorative treatment. Sometimes called partial crowns, inlays and onlays are made with tooth-colored porcelain or gold and they restore function to damaged teeth by replacing the missing tooth structure.
Crowns are dental restorations used to completely cover the outside of a damaged tooth. This damage may be due to decay, but crowns are also used to repair teeth that have been cracked, broken, or worn down from teeth grinding. The process of getting a crown involves preparing the tooth above the gumline, taking impressions, and then having a custom-made crown fabricated to cement onto the prepared tooth.
Bridges are a common replacement option for missing teeth that uses healthy teeth to hold one or more prosthetics in place. There are a few different types of bridges available depending on your needs, but the most common type uses crowns on adjacent teeth as the abutments that support the replacement teeth (also known as pontics).
In most cases, dental implants are the best solution for missing teeth. This is because implants are the only option that replaces the missing tooth below the gumline, preventing and even reversing bone loss in the jaw. A single-tooth dental implant restoration consists of a titanium post that is implanted into the jaw where the root once was, an abutment that is attached to this post, and a crown that is attached to the abutment. Other types of implant restorations use implants to support bridges, partial dentures, and full dentures.
When multiple teeth are missing in a single upper or lower arch, dentures are an option to replace them. Dentures may be full or partial, removable or fixed, and conventional or supported by dental implants.