Restorative Dentistry in Aurora, OH
Restorative procedures help protect both oral health and overall health while improving the appearance of the patient’s smile. The right restorative procedures at the right time can reduce the need for additional dental work in the future.
Composite fillings use tooth-colored material to restore teeth with cavities and maintain a natural appearance. Once the decay is removed, the tooth is filled with a composite material which is then cured using a specialized light to harden the material. Composite fillings can be done in one visit.
Inlays and Onlays
An inlay or onlay is a partial crown restoration that can be placed when there is not sufficient tooth structure to support a filling but enough tooth structure left that a full crown is not needed. Inlays/onlays are made of porcelain or gold, and they aesthetically and functionally replace the missing tooth structure.
A crown is a dental restoration that completely covers the outside of a tooth that is cracked, broken, worn down, or severely decayed. Dental crowns are usually completed in two visits. During the first visit, the tooth is prepared (shaved down) and an impression is taken. A temporary crown is placed while the permanent crown is fabricated. During the second visit, the permanent crown is carefully fitted and then cemented into place.
A bridge can replace missing teeth without the use of a denture or dental implant. A bridge is composed of two crowns and a replacement tooth or teeth. Crowns are typically placed on the teeth on either side of the space, with the fabricated tooth or teeth attached in between.
For multiple missing teeth, an implant may be used to anchor the bridge.
Dental implants are composed of three pieces: a small screw made of a biocompatible metal called titanium, an abutment which connects the screw and the final restoration, and the final restoration. The screw, which is placed in the jawbone, acts as a replacement for the tooth root, providing a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth. The screw begins to fuse with the bone over the course of a few months. After the fusing process, known as osseointegration, the abutment is inserted into the screw to allow for the permanent attachment of the restoration.
A denture is a replacement for multiple missing teeth within the same (upper or lower) arch. A denture differs from a crown or bridge in that it does not rely on an existing tooth structure, and it completely replaces the missing teeth.
There are several different types of dentures:
- Full or Partial
- Removable or Fixed
- Traditional or Implant-Supported
Frequently Asked Questions About Restorative Dentistry
What options do I have if I am missing teeth?
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, you’ve got options that will look and function beautifully. A few examples include dental implants, dental bridges, and full or partial dentures.
Will dental insurance cover restorative procedures?
Generally, yes. Most dental insurance policies will cover restorative procedures either in full or in part. However, it is best to contact your insurance company to discuss the coverage of your policy specifically.
Is it easier to extract a tooth rather than restore it?
Dentists always attempt to do what they can to avoid extractions and save natural teeth. So regardless of whether or not it may be easier to extract a tooth rather than restore it in a particular situation, your dentist will take the steps necessary to save it if possible.
How long do dental crowns last?
On average, dental crowns last about 10 to 15 years before needing to be replaced. However, their longevity is in direct relation to the care they receive. Those that are cared for exceptionally can last upwards of 20 years.
Are dental implants painful?
No. During any dental implant procedure, a local anesthetic is used so that you don’t feel any pain. After it wears off, you may temporarily feel some slight discomfort, but an over-the-counter pain reliever should help you feel better. Once healed, dental implants feel and function much like a regular tooth – with no pain.