Even though our adult teeth are meant to last a lifetime, daily use and abuse can wear down and damage your teeth. At some point in your life, you’ll likely need restorative dentistry services to bring your smile back to life. Dr. Nikhaar Keshwani of Babcock Family Dental offers a wide range of restorative dentistry services, including customized, natural-looking dentures, dental implants, and implant-supported restorations.
Sometimes referred to as restoration dentistry, restorative dentistry refers to any dental procedure that mends or replaces teeth. The primary goals of restorative dentistry are to improve the function, feel, and look of teeth.
At Babcock Family Dental, restorative dentistry is one of the most common services we provide, and we believe in saving your teeth through conservative treatment when possible. However, a dental filling, crown, or other simple procedure sometimes won’t work. Dr. Keshwani suggests tooth extraction and restorative procedures as the best next step in these scenarios. While quite a few general dental treatments fall under the “restorative dentistry category,” here are a few that we want to highlight:
We use our teeth every day. If you have ever experienced a missing tooth, you have probably suffered from the humiliation of an incomplete smile and the inconvenience of eating and communicating without all the necessary tools.
Tooth loss can be an unfortunate and confusing period of an individual’s life. With confusion comes questions, and the most commonly asked questions about restorative dentistry include:
Apart from dealing with daily dilemmas, missing teeth contribute to jawbone deterioration, which can cause surviving natural teeth to drift out of place, distort the face, and lead to TMJ problems.
Why does this happen? Our tooth roots do much more than stabilize our teeth. They support jawbone health by withstanding chewing forces and continuously stimulating bone tissue growth. Although dentures can look great, teeth implants are the best substitute for natural teeth. The implant itself mimics a natural tooth root and can keep the jaw balanced.
Even though it’s never too late to get dental implants, the length of time you have been without teeth can tack on procedures needed to qualify for dental implants (such as a bone graft). As soon as teeth are removed, your body immediately absorbs the minerals in your jawbone and uses them elsewhere.
How can tooth extraction save my smile?
Even though removing teeth to save smiles sounds counterproductive, promptly replacing loose teeth with dental implants and implant restorations can prevent bone loss and help you gain virtually all function, feel, and look of the teeth being replaced.