Restorative dentistry is important for both improving your oral health and the appearance of your smile. There are many options to make sure you can get the smile you want. At Westborough Dental Associates, your dentist in Westborough, MA, we offer a variety of services for restorative purposes.
Dental crowns are one of the most useful restorative tools. They can fix chips and cracks, restore a dental implant, and they can stabilize the tooth after a root canal. A crown goes completely over your natural tooth, covering any breakage in the tooth and restoring full functionality to it as well. With proper care, dental crowns can last you a lifetime.
For minor chips and tooth breakage, dental bonding is a great cost-effective solution. A composite resin is matched to the color of your tooth. The dentist shapes it to cover up or fill in the broken part of the tooth. The bonding is then hardened and polished so that it looks like the natural surface of the tooth. This method should last anywhere from three to ten years, depending on how you care for it and where it’s located.
Dental bridges are a method of replacing one or more consecutive missing teeth. They can be anchored to your natural teeth or to teeth fortified with dental crowns or implants. Depending on the bridge used, and the quality of the anchor teeth, bridges can last around five to fifteen years.
Westborough Dental does recommend the use of implant- or crown-supported anchor teeth for bridges. When bridges are anchored by natural teeth, you’re more likely to suffer from wear and tear on those teeth, as well as a higher likelihood of tooth decay.
Dentures are used to replace a full arch of missing teeth. We offer both traditional and implant-supported dentures. Usually, dentures last from around five to eight years as they eventually get worn out from daily use.
While traditional dentures are the more cost-effective options, implant-supported dentures are the most stable option. With implant-supported dentures, you don’t have to worry about slippage, adhesive, or your restoration falling out while eating or talking. With implant-supported restorations, you have more stability and are able to eat without restrictions.
Dental implants are one of the most popular options for replacing missing teeth. You can get implants to replace one or multiple, with the final restoration being crowns, bridges, or dentures. They’re considered the gold standard for tooth replacement because they replace the entire tooth root as well. This makes them extremely stable, while also actually stimulating regrowth of the jawbone that may have been diminished by your missing teeth.
TMJ disorder is considered a restorative issue. Since it involves grinding and clenching your teeth, it can lead to worn and broken teeth. TMJ is often treated with an oral device that you can wear while you sleep. This prevents you from clenching and grinding, so no more damage is done to your teeth. Restorative options like dental crowns or bonding can fix the teeth that may already be damaged.
Restorative Dentistry at Your Westborough, Massachusetts Dentist
At Westborough Dental Associates, we’re here to help you solve all of your restorative dentistry needs. We also offer sedation dentistry, ensuring that you’re able to be as comfortable as possible during your dental treatment. Call us today or schedule an appointment online to get started!