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    9 Types of Restorative Dentistry and When You Need Them

    9 Types of Restorative Dentistry and When You Need ThemPreventative care is the most hassle-free, cost-effective way to keep your smile looking beautiful. Thankfully, even if your teeth are damaged or decayed, you can pursue restorative dentistry to make your smile look as good as new. Here are some of the restorative dental services we offer here at Evanson DDS.

    Fillings

    Dental fillings are the most common type of restorative dentistry. This option is used to replace decayed portions of your teeth that have caused cavities to form. With the right filling material and a proper job done by Dr. Evanson, you can expect fillings to last several years and provide the appearance and functionally of an intact tooth.

    Crowns

    A crown is a tooth-shaped cap your dentist places over a damaged, decayed, or cracked tooth to restore its proper size, shape, aesthetic, and strength. As with fillings, crowns come in many different materials, the most popular of which are tooth-colored for a natural appearance.

    Bridges

    You may need a bridge if you’re missing one or more teeth. A false tooth takes the place of the missing one, and crowns on the adjacent teeth hold the bridge in place. This eliminates the gap in your smile, restores a normal bite, and helps keep your whole mouth healthy.

    Implants

    An implant is another way to replace a missing tooth. A metal screw takes the place of the root and anchors the implant in place without the need to carve down the adjacent teeth and install crowns. To make the implant look like a natural tooth, Dr. Evanson completes the installation with a tooth-colored crown.

    Veneers

    Thin, semi-transparent porcelain shells called veneers bond to your teeth to improve their appearance. You might pursue this restorative dentistry option if you have broken, chipped, discolored, crooked, or misshapen teeth. Veneers can often improve the look of your smile in place of more complicated, time-consuming procedures, such as having to wear braces.

    Composite Bonding

    Do you have a chipped, cracked, or discolored tooth? Composite bonding is useful for fixing these aesthetic problems to enhance the look of your smile. The process involves chemically bonding a composite material to your existing tooth. Unlike crowns and veneers, very little, if any, of the original tooth is removed.

    Dentures

    If you have missing teeth and damaged gum tissue, dentures are an effective way to restore your smile, prevent speaking difficulties, and make chewing more comfortable. Dr. Evanson can create natural-looking partial, full, or implant-secured dentures for you, depending on your needs.

    Root Canals

    When a tooth becomes so badly decayed that a filling isn’t enough, you might need to undergo a root canal procedure. This helps clean out decay from the root of your affected tooth to eliminate painful toothaches and restore your oral health. After completing the procedure, Dr. Evanson fills the empty root canal with a rubber compound called gutta percha. She then adds an onlay or inlay to the tooth, followed by a dental crown to restore the tooth’s appearance and strength.

    Extractions

    At our dental office, we consider extractions an absolute last resort. We always strive to save at least a portion of your damaged tooth with other procedures such as root canals, fillings, and crowns. If your tooth is damaged beyond saving, an extraction may be necessary. Then, other restorative dentistry options, including bridges and implants, can fill the gap in your smile so you’re not left feeling self-conscious.

    Schedule a Dentist Appointment at Evanson DDS

    If you have any dental problems, Dr. Evanson can provide the restorative dentistry services you need to help you smile confidently again. Call our Parker office at (720) 409-0008 or schedule an appointment online to meet with Dr. Evanson. We’ll discuss your concerns and work with you to determine the best, most cost-effective treatment for your situation.

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