A dental restoration is used to restore function and appearance to teeth that are damaged, decayed, or infected. These treatments may cover a variety of problems, including cavities, cracks in teeth, chips, gaps between teeth, and failing fillings.
The ideal restoration will have lasting results that will not compromise the health of the patient’s smile. When deciding upon a restorative dentistry option, patients should discuss the risks and benefits of each procedure with our dentist. Patients should also inform our dentist of any allergies, sensitivities, or concerns they have regarding materials to be used in the procedure.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering that is placed over a tooth, helping to restore its shape, size, and strength and improve its appearance. Dental crowns are used to fix all kinds of issues, including:
- Broken teeth
- Chipped and cracked teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Discolored or stained teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Old fillings in need of replacement
- Teeth with multiple fillings
- Unevenly spaced-out teeth
- Teeth that are not properly sized for your mouth
If you have any of the above concerns, we may recommend a crown as the solution. Our dentist can help you decide which crown is right for you based on your needs and circumstances.
To place the crown, we will remove any damaged material from the visible part of the tooth. We’ll then take an impression of your tooth to send to the lab where your crown will be made. After about a week or two, your permanent crown will be ready for fitting.
Once it’s ready, we will carefully place your crown, ensuring that it fits and functions as it should. In some cases, a temporary crown is necessary while your custom crown is being created in the lab. Once your custom crown is ready, the temporary crown will be removed and the custom crown cemented in its place.
A dental bridge is a prosthetic device that replaces one or more missing teeth. Bridges are typically made from a combination of materials, including porcelain and gold alloys. The bridge is cemented to healthy teeth on either side of the gap created by the missing tooth. This allows the bridge to restore your smile and your ability to bite and chew properly.
If you are looking to replace one tooth or an entire arch of teeth, implant-supported restorations may be the best option for you. Dental implants are surgically placed below the gum line, where they fuse with the jaw in a process called osseointegration. Once the implants have healed into the jawbone, our dentists can design and place a custom crown or denture to restore your smile.
These restorations supported by dental implants offer superior strength and stability. Implants also prevent the deterioration of the jaw bone that can occur when teeth are missing.
To find out more about the dental services we offer at Bencaz Family Dentistry, call (225) 665-2417 or schedule a consultation online. You can also visit us at 130 N. Hummell Street, Denham Springs, LA 70726.