Restoring teeth returns your mouth to a functional and esthetic state. The dental specialty of prosthodontic dentistry mainly revolves around the restoration and replacement of lost or damaged teeth. Restorations could include fillings, crowns, bridges, and full and partial dentures.Your dentist’s main goal will always be to preserve as much of your natural teeth and remaining teeth as possible. Filling in empty spaces with restorative treatment in can help prevent cavities in the remaining teeth because gaps can be vulnerable spots for plaque-causing bacteria to build up.
Once tooth decay has broken through the outer layer of your tooth, known as enamel, the tooth becomes susceptible to further decay and possible breakage. A filling allows for your dentist to disinfect the tooth and remove any damaged parts of the tooth. The healthy part of the tooth will remain, while the hole will be covered with a composite resin bonding material. The bonding material will give the shape a tooth-like function and appearance.
If a tooth is severely damaged or decayed, it may need a protective cap to restore it back to full function and appearance. A crown can be made of several different types of material. The use of certain materials will depend on the location of the tooth needing the crown. A crown in the back of the mouth may need to be stronger to endure heavy-duty chewing, while a crown in the front may need to look better and bear less weight.
If you have more than one tooth that needs to be restored, bridges or dentures can provide restorative care for multiple teeth. A bridge can replace a row of a few consecutive teeth. Partial dentures can replace teeth that are missing in various, non-consecutive areas of the mouth. Full dentures can replace and restore your entire smile.
Is your smile in need of restoration?
Dr. Carmona can help you choose the best way to restore your smile. To schedule a consultation with Austin Prosthodontics in Austin, TX, call 512-250-9444. We also proudly welcome patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and all surrounding Texas communities.