Restoration Treatment

Restoration Treatment

If you have lost teeth, or if portions of your teeth are damaged or missing your dentist may recommend restoration treatment. Restoration treatment addresses issues such as tooth decay, fracture or damage, and weakening repairs.

There are several restoration treatments available, and your dentist will advise the best course of action to treat your specific needs which may include one or a combination of the following treatments:

  • Fillings: Fillings are a common dental procedure that is used for dental restoration. Fillings can be made of gold, silver amalgam, or tooth-colored composite resin and can be applied to a tooth during a single dental appointment.
  • Crowns: Crowns can return the strength, color, form, and size of your teeth. Because they are shaped like a tooth and are modeled and colored to complement the natural teeth as closely as possible, they are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. Crowns may be used to replace a broken tooth or to secure a bridge in place. Crowns are another very common type of treatment used for restoration. 
  • Veneers: A veneer is a very thin porcelain mold that is specially made for your tooth and applied to the damaged tooth’s surface to repair it. They are most often used to repair chipped or misshapen teeth, but some people get veneers for aesthetic enhancement.
  • Root Canal: A root canal is needed when a cavity has entered the nerve chamber of the tooth or when the nerve of the tooth has become infected. Infection can spread rapidly; therefore, immediate treatment is critical. During a root canal, the dentist will enter the nerve chamber, the bacteria and/or dead tissue away, and then seal it to prevent further infection.
  • Bridges: Dental bridges are false teeth that are used to fill up gaps caused by missing teeth. If you have two or more missing teeth, your dentist can prescribe a bridge. Bridges are cemented securely into place after being anchored to natural teeth with crowns.
  • Implants: Dental implants are gaining popularity as a highly durable replacement for missing, broken, or damaged teeth. They are composed of three components: a titanium screw or post that is placed into the jaw bone, a crown that serves as a permanent tooth, and an abutment that connects the two. Implants are durable and allow you to eat, drink and communicate normally.
  • Dentures: Dentures are available as a full set or a partial set. A full set replaces all the teeth on either the top or bottom of the mouth. A partial set replaces a few teeth. The partial set is recommended if you have some healthy natural teeth. Unlike implants, dentures are removable which makes them the less popular choice, since they must be removed to ingest some foods.

If you think that you would benefit from restoration treatment to address issues such as infection, broken, damaged, or missing teeth, please contact us at 815-396-6105 to schedule an appointment. Our restoration dentists will assess your needs and design the best course of action to restore your dental health.