Restorative dentistry is an area we specialize in, and one that encompasses several procedures which affect the function and aesthetics of your teeth. Restorative dental procedures are used to treat cavities and decay, strengthen weak teeth, replace missing teeth, and more.
Restorative dental procedures
Tooth-colored fillings – Unlike metallic amalgam fillings of the past, today’s tooth-colored fillings are used to fix cavities with a material that resembles your actual teeth. The result is both functional and attractive.
Porcelain crowns – Porcelain crowns are used to restore cracked, chipped, or stained teeth, and also to protect teeth damaged by tooth decay. These restorations offer great support and look like your natural teeth.
Dental Bridges – Dental bridges can serve as tooth replacements and can also be used to address gaps between teeth. They also prevent surrounding teeth from shifting. A fixed bridge is a type of bridge that attaches to your existing teeth.
Importance of filling in spaces between teeth
Filling in empty spaces in the mouth is important, not just for aesthetic reasons, but to protect the health of your teeth.
Restorative dental solutions such as bridges and implants, which fill in missing spaces in the mouth, prevent decay in surrounding teeth. Gaps are vulnerable spots for bacteria to build up. This build-up eventually causes plaque, which in turn results in tooth decay.
In cases where there are many missing teeth, full or partial dentures may be a better solution than a bridge or implant.
Dry mouth and dental decay
Thanks to advances in restorative dentistry, people are generally able to keep most or all of their natural teeth for their entire life. However, it is common to experience a second-wave of tooth decay in middle age due to dry mouth.
Dry mouth in older adults is typically caused by the increasing number of medications we tend to take as we age. These include everything from high blood pressure medications to antidepressants.
Note the following ADA recommendations to prevent dry mouth and tooth decay.
- Drink more water.
- Use a humidifier at home.
- Avoid drinks that cause dry mouth, including coffee, alcohol, acidic juices and soft drinks.
- Tell your dentist about any medications you take.
- Talk to your dentist about applying a special treatment to protect your teeth from cavities.
Whether your dental issues are caused by dry mouth or something else, it’s important to address them before they get worse. Give us a call to schedule an appointment for restorative dentistry today.