Get old and damaged teeth looking like new again

Procedures that dentists use to repair or replace damaged or missing teeth are known as restorative services. The goal of a restorative procedure is to bring back a patient’s natural smile and prevent future oral health issues.

Falling under the restorative umbrella are fillings, crowns, bridges and implants. Fillings and crowns are used to repair damaged teeth.

Fillings are the most common way to treat a cavity. The decay is removed by drilling into the tooth and the filling is then packed into the “cavity” that is left behind after the decay is removed. Crowns are essentially a cap that is placed over a tooth to strengthen and protect the tooth’s structure..

Bridges and implants are used to replace missing teeth. A bridge has a crown on each end that serves as abutments for the artificial tooth or teeth that are filling the space created by the missing teeth. Dental implants replace a missing tooth or teeth when a metal anchor is inserted into the jawbone and a false tooth or teeth is inserted onto the anchor.

Replacing empty spaces in the mouth keeps teeth aligned properly, makes it easier to good oral care, and makes a patient feel better about their appearance and self-esteem.

For more information, call the Columbia Dental Care & Associates office today at (407) 933-4343.

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