If you’re lucky, you’ve come into adulthood with a beautiful, healthy set of teeth. But, of course, not everyone is lucky. Some conditions, such as enamel hypoplasia, can cause the teeth to appear yellow or stained despite properly caring for them. Or, for some, life can get in the way of that perfect set of pearly whites. Smoking, food stains, improperly caring for your teeth, cavities, gum recession, tooth grinding, and broken, chipped or cracked teeth can all wear away your beautiful smile, leaving you with damaged, discolored or lost teeth.
Thankfully, there is a branch of dentistry that goes beyond just cleaning your teeth. It’s called restoration dentistry, and its goal is to restore the look and feel of your teeth to their original glory.
What Is Restoration Dentistry?
Restoration dentistry is a specialized field that offers procedures and products to restore your smile and restore the look, feel and function of your natural teeth.
Only some dentists can perform restoration dentistry, however, so it’s essential to find a dentist specializing in this field of dentistry, like Dr. Tad Morgan.
What Qualifies as Restoration Dentistry?
Many different types of restorations fit under the category of restoration dentistry. Here are a few ways Dr. Morgan can help you restore your beautiful smile and regain its healthy, new-tooth glow!
Fillings: Dental fillings are the most common form of restoration dentistry. Today’s fillings are not like those of yesteryear that stood out because they were silver. Today’s fillings are made of a resin composite that Dr. Morgan can match to the color of your natural teeth, providing a seamless restoration that protects the healthy part of your tooth and the surrounding teeth and gums.
Crowns: Much like fillings, crowns are dental restorations used as fillings for cavities. Crowns are larger than your average filling. To create a crown, a mold of your tooth is made, and the damaged portion of the tooth is drilled away. Then, the crown fits over the tooth like a cap and looks like a natural tooth!
Bridges: A bridge is a prosthetic tooth that fits over healthy teeth and bridges the gap between those healthy teeth and a missing tooth. Bridges can fill in gaps between the teeth and make the smile look more complete. Bridges look and feel natural teeth and can help restore your beautiful smile.
Veneers: While veneers are considered cosmetic, they can also be regarded as restorations because they cover plenty of tooth flaws. These flaws include discoloration, misshapen teeth, chips, cracks and even gaps in teeth. Veneers are made of thin sheets of porcelain or composite and can be made in any shade of white you choose.
Dental implants: You have several replacement options when you’re missing teeth. These options include bridges (if possible), dentures and dental implants. Dental implants are the gold standard in tooth replacement. They are attached to the jaw via a titanium screw drilled into the jawbone. Then, a composite crown is screwed onto the tooth and stays permanently on the screw, creating the look and feel of a natural tooth.
Other Types of Dental Restorations
It can also be argued that orthodontics is another type of dental restoration, as orthodontics can change the bite and better align the teeth. Orthodontics can either come in the form of retainers, wire and bracket braces, or clear aligners. Following orthodontic treatment, your teeth will appear straighter and more even, making your smile look healthier and more beautiful.
Dental Restorations From Dr. Tad Morgan
Dr. Morgan offers a variety of dental restorations at his clinic and would be happy to discuss your smile makeover options with you. Whether you are missing teeth, have tooth decay, or have chipped, cracked, stained or broken teeth, Dr. Morgan has a solution to get your mouth looking healthy and beautiful and back to that glowing white smile you had as a kid!
For more information, please contact Dr. Morgan’s office for a consultation today!