People generally go to the dentist for one of three reasons — for their regular dental check-up (general dentistry), to enhance the aesthetic appearance of their teeth (cosmetic dentistry), or to “restore” the normal appearance and function of their teeth (restorative dentistry). If you have cavities, broken teeth, or missing teeth, our Statesville restorative dentist can help return your smile to full function. Below is more information on some of the most popular restorative dentistry procedures offered by our Statesville dentist.
Your dentist has many options for replacing missing or broken teeth, each with its own unique benefits. The most common dental restorations include:
If you are suffering from a cavity, a dental filling can restore your tooth back to its original function and shape. Available in a wide variety of materials, such as gold, amalgam (silver), porcelain, and composite resin, dental fillings can protect your tooth from any further damage or infection.
A dental crown is a synthetic cap, usually made of porcelain, that is placed on the top of a tooth to restore its function and appearance. A crown is often used after a restorative procedure, such as a root canal, or when tooth decay has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed.
When there are two healthy teeth on either side of a tooth gap, a bridge can be used. A crown will be placed on the teeth to the left and the right of the hole, and a dental implant will “bridge” the gap where the natural tooth once was. This method is very successful at restoring the natural contour of teeth, as well as the proper bite relationship between the upper and lower teeth.
If you are missing one or more teeth, or suspect you have a cavity or tooth fracture, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Lack of prompt treatment will cause the injury to spread and worsen, until the tooth splits vertically and cannot be saved (in the case of a fracture) or the decay reaches the tooth pulp (in the case of cavities). To schedule an appointment with Dr. Schmidt, click here to fill out our simple patient contact form.