Restorative dentistry is a branch of dentistry that focuses on the restoration of teeth. The root of the tooth becomes infected, damaged, or decayed, and this leads to tooth loss. But with restorative dentistry, we can restore the function of teeth, in addition to their appearance.
Common Restorative Dentistry Procedures
Dental fillings are one of the most common dental procedures. They are used to repair small cavities and tooth decay. This treatment also helps protect the teeth from further damage.
Fillings are made out of different materials such as gold, porcelain, and composite resin. Our dentist in Torrance uses tooth-colored fillings because they blend in nicely with your natural teeth.
Dental implants are replacement teeth that are designed to look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The implants themselves are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into the jawbone.
Implants replace the tooth's root, providing stability and strength to the restoration. They can be used to replace multiple teeth, a single tooth, or to secure a denture or dental bridge.
A dental crown is a type of dental restoration that can renew the appearance and function of your tooth. Dental crowns are most often used after a root canal or when a tooth is damaged. They are used to protect a tooth from further damage, as well as improve its appearance.
Dental crowns are very versatile and can cover up a number of flaws. For example, if you're dealing with bad tooth decay, then after a root canal, a dental crown can help restore function and aesthetics to your smile.
A denture is a removable dental appliance that replaces missing teeth. Dentures help restore the appearance of your smile and may improve the ability to speak and eat. They also help prevent the facial structure from changing due to the missing teeth.
There are two types of dentures: full and partial. Full dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing. A partial denture is used when some natural teeth remain.
Implant Retained Dentures
Implant retained dentures are traditionally called "snap-on" dentures or "permanent dentures." These dentures are used to replace a full arch of teeth and are held in place by attaching to dental implants. Typically, four to six dental implants are used per jaw. These dentures are a permanent solution for missing teeth and are comfortable, durable, and natural-looking.
Partial dentures are removable dental appliances that replace a few missing teeth. They are secured to surrounding teeth with metal clasps or precision attachments. They are crafted from high-quality materials and are customized for a comfortable fit. They are a good option for patients who have lost several teeth in different locations of the mouth.
Caring for your dentures involves more than just cleaning them. You also need to make sure you maintain good oral hygiene. This means you need to brush and floss your remaining teeth daily. Doing so will help keep your gum tissue healthy and prevent future tooth loss.
Exams and Maintenance of Dentures
You should also keep your dentures clean using a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture paste. This will remove any food particles or debris. It'll also help prevent plaque from building up on your dentures, which can lead to bad breath and infections.
You should visit our dentist in Torrance for checkups every four to six months. At these appointments, we will check the fit of your denture, make sure your gums are healing properly, and make adjustments where necessary.
To learn more about our dental services, you can schedule your appointment with our dentist by calling us at (310) 543-1655 or visiting us at 3556 Torrance Boulevard, Suite C, Torrance, CA 90503. We will be happy to guide you further.