Restorative Dentistry Procedures in Mundelein
When you think of going to the dentist, you may only consider those twice-yearly visits for cleaning or checkups. However, there are other procedures that people may require from the dentist, especially if the dentist discovers a problem with the tooth or gums while doing an evaluation. This is often what is considered restorative dentistry.
Restorative dentistry is one branch of dentistry, and it refers to restoring the mouth to a functional and more aesthetically pleasing state of being. The great thing about restorative dentistry is there are many different types of procedures that can be done. It really all depends on the specific problem that you are looking to rectify. At Michael Roessler DDS, Dr. Roessler provides crowns, implants, bridges, and dentures to handle these dental issues.
Dental crowns are a prosthetic device that is placed on a tooth and stays there. Unlike dentures, which can be removed, crowns are adhered to the actual tooth and can only be removed by a reputable dentist.
Crowns are typically used to cover a damaged tooth. They can strengthen the tooth while also providing positive changes to its appearance, alignment, and shape. While crowns can be placed on natural teeth, they may also be placed onto an implant. Crowns are made of many different materials including porcelain, gold, and acrylic. Porcelain crowns can be matched to be the same color as your natural tooth.
If you have a large filling with little tooth remaining, Dr. Roessler may suggest a crown. They may also be used to protect a weak tooth from breaking, restoring a previously broken tooth, covering a poorly shaped or discolored tooth, or covering a tooth after a root canal.
Crowns can last decades and are very strong. However, in some cases, they can fall out. Taking care of your crown is essential to ensure it stays in the best state possible. This means brushing, flossing, and having regular cleanings.
Another restorative dentistry procedure is the dental implant. What these are is metal posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone underneath the gums. After the implants have been put in place, replacement teeth can be placed on top of them.
Bridges and dentures can both be attached to implants, leaving them less likely to shit in the mouth. This can make a bridge or denture feel more like a natural tooth. This can be especially useful for those who find dentures or bridges uncomfortable or painful. With implants, the nearby teeth require no preparation before the new tooth is put in place.
One of the most exciting things about implants is that they are built to last a long time. While bridges can last up to a decade with proper care, implants can last a lifetime. There may be the need for occasional adjustments, but otherwise, you never have to worry about going through the procedure again. This can also save money since you are paying for a procedure knowing you will likely not need to again in the future.
A bridge acts as a replacement for a tooth or teeth that are missing. What a bridge does is restore your bite and help to keep your face to its natural shape. While it may seem as if a missing tooth is no big deal, it can actually cause some significant problems. Other teeth may shift into the space that is left. It can also place pressure on your jaw which can result in pain. Another problem is that with a missing tooth, the bone can shrink and change the way your face looks.
Dental bridges can be placed at Michael Roessler DDS. You will visit twice. The first appointment is for preparing your teeth near the gap. An impression is made of your teeth. This is then used to build the bridge to fit your mouth perfectly.
The second appointment is when your bridge will be attached to those surrounding teeth. Dr. Roessler will fit the bridge, adjust it, and then adhere it to the surrounding teeth. This bridge is then a permanent fixture that will provide needed structure and strength to your gums and teeth.
Dentures are a replacement for multiple missing teeth. They can be taken out of and put back in the mouth. In today’s world, dentures feel and look more natural than ever before. They may still take some time to get used to, but they are far more comfortable and less time-consuming to maintain than you might realize.
Dentures come in what are called partial and full. A partial is a denture that has a metal frame that attaches to your existing natural teeth. In some cases, crowns will be placed to serve as anchors for the partial denture.
Full dentures, on the other hand, are placed in the mouth after any remaining teeth you have are removed, and the tissue has had time to heal. This can take months, which is why an immediate denture is inserted in the interim.
It can take a bit of time to get used to eating and talking with your dentures as they do not feel exactly the same as natural teeth. However, over time, it becomes easier and often is something you no longer notice.
Dentures can last a good long time, although they may need to be relined or rebased due to wear offer time. Your mouth also changes with the aging process, which can make your dentures fit less perfectly. This is why every denture wearer should have a checkup at least once a year.
Learn More About Restorative Dentistry Options
If you think dentures, crowns, bridges, or implants might improve your smile, you can talk to someone at the Michael Roessler DDS office to make an appointment. Dr. Roessler can meet with you and go over your options.