It could be something as a small as a chip in one tooth or something as large as replacing a complete row of teeth.
Either of those problems (or any number of things in between) can make you self-conscious about your smile.
Fortunately, if you live in or near Reading, MA, there is a dentist who can help. Dr. Sadeghi of First Dental Associates can give you something to smile about – again – with our restorative dentistry.
Our restorative services will do more than just revive the appearance of your smile. They also can restore the function of your teeth, even if your teeth are missing.
Keep reading to learn how.
Restoring Damaged Teeth
We put our teeth through a lot of things in our lives. The foods that we eat can feed the bacteria that cause tooth decay.
We also eat foods that are hard or crunchy, which can wear down our teeth when we bite into them. Some of us wear down our teeth more by grinding or clenching them together, biting our nails, or using our teeth to open things.
If we aren’t careful about brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist for routine cleanings, tooth decay can lead to cavities or, worse, an infected tooth.
And we haven’t mentioned the multitude of ways that teeth can become chipped or broken. Accidents and sports injuries are just a couple ways you can lose part our all of your tooth. (We will get to the all in a moment.)
Whether you need to repair a single tooth or several, First Dental Associates can help you.
A cavity can be repaired one of two ways depending on large it gets before you seek treatment. If we catch the problem early, we may be able to fix it with a filling. We offer tooth-colored filling for our patients.
These white filling restore the shape of your tooth, protect it against further decay, and match the color of your tooth so it’s not obvious which of your teeth had the cavity.
If the decay grows too large, we would recommend a dental crown instead. Dental crowns are an excellent way to fix chipped or broken teeth and to seal infected teeth after a root canal treatment, too.
Dental crowns are made of porcelain, so they will blend in with your remaining natural teeth. And our crowns are strong, so you can feel confident biting and chewing just like you do with any other tooth.
If you need to repair multiple teeth at the same time, you may consider veneers. These are bonded to the front of your teeth and they can restore the appearance for broken, chipped, and worn down teeth.
Restoring Missing Teeth
That’s all well and good, but what if those accidents knock one of your teeth loose? Or what if some of your teeth fall out or need to be removed due to excessive decay?
We’ve got you covered there, too.
All of these treatments can start with dental implants. These were developed to replace the roots of your teeth. The roots are the part of your teeth that you normally don’t see because they are anchored in your jaw and hidden under your gums.
To fully restore your tooth, you need to replace the roots as well as the natural crowns.
If you are missing a single tooth, you do this with a dental implant and a dental crown. The implant will be placed in your jaw, and the crown will be attached the abutment end of the implant. When this is complete, it will look, feel, and function just like the rest of your teeth.
If you are missing multiple teeth, we would recommend a dental bridge instead. A dental bridge is made of multiple dental crowns that are fused together. The bridge can be attached to one or more dental implants. This will hold it securely in place and fill in the gap in your smile.
And if you need to replace a whole row of teeth, implant-supported dentures are usually your best options.
Dentures by themselves may look like teeth, but they don’t give you the same bite force that your real teeth did. You can regain nearly all of that strength in your bite by placing a series of implants in your jaw and affixing your dentures to them.
Many patients are surprised how easily they can bite and chew once their implant-supported dentures are in place.
What Are You Waiting For?
Don’t let problems with your teeth bother you. Make an appointment at First Dental Associates in Reading, MA, soon to find out how we can rebuild your smile and restore your biting and chewing ability.