To get the most out of your smile, it needs to be complete. That means having a full set of healthy teeth. At Oakton Family Dentistry, our dentists, Dr. Scimeca, Dr. Elhady and associates, can employ the techniques of restorative dentistry in Fairfax, Virginia, below to improve your smile:
Missing or damaged teeth can impair your ability to speak and eat. If there are spaces in your smile, your other teeth can drift out of alignment and cause damage to your other teeth. Missing teeth can allow plaque and tartar to accumulate on your gums, and damaged teeth can lead to decay and infections. Our dentists can improve your oral health and function along with your appearance when you visit our office. To see which restorative treatment would be right for your smile and to discuss your other treatment options, call 703-281-6201 today to schedule your appointment.
What Is Restorative Dentistry?
The field of dentistry that focuses on the repair and replacement of damage to a patient’s teeth and supporting structures is known as restorative dentistry. The purpose of restorative treatments is to help the patient regain full oral function. These treatments include fillings, inlays and onlays, implants, crowns, bridges, dentures and root canal therapy.
What Options Are There for Replacing a Lost Tooth?
Our dentists can provide several options for you to replace any teeth you are missing. When you visit our practice, you will receive an oral examination, and then we will discuss your oral health needs and review which treatments will give you a smile you are proud of. Some of the options that we may recommend to restore your smile include:
- Dental implants
- Dental bridges
- Complete or partial dentures
Why Should I Have Restorative Work Done Instead of Having the Tooth Pulled?
Most of the time, keeping your original teeth is the best option for your long-term health and function. At our dental office, we do not recommend extracting any teeth unless they are damaging your other teeth or your oral health. Patients who receive restorative treatments get to keep their natural teeth longer, and they will get a functional and aesthetic smile without getting more complex and expensive treatments.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a kind of cap that will completely cover your tooth. The purpose of this restoration is to preserve your original tooth even when it has become cracked beyond the point that can be repaired by a dental filling. Protecting teeth from further damage and restoring their shape, appearance and function are all things that a dental crown can do for you! Our dentists will often recommend this treatment in cases when a tooth has been fractured, cracked, severely decayed, has a large dental filling or has had a root canal treatment.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges are a non-removable (fixed) restoration that can serve as a replacement for one or two missing teeth. Bridges are anchored in your mouth using either dental crowns or implants on either side of the gap. This restoration is a simple solution to giving you back your smile, bite and oral function.
What Are Dentures? And How Long Can They Last?
Basically, a denture is a dental prosthetic. It is used to replace teeth that are missing from only a few with a partial denture to entire arches of teeth with a complete denture. Dentures can last you over 10 years when you take proper care for them. Over that time, you may need your dentures to be relined, rebased or repaired to ensure that they stay in good condition and continue to fit properly.
What Is a Dental Implant?
Replacing both the root and crown of your missing tooth is the main function of a dental implant. Dental implants are made from two parts called the post and the restoration. The post is like a screw made of titanium, or another biocompatible material, that is placed in the jawbone where the missing tooth was. The restoration is placed atop the post and could be a crown, bridge or denture, depending on what you need to restore your smile. Implants are useful in restoring missing teeth from a single one to entire arch.
How Long Will a Dental Implant Last?
One of the benefits to dental implants is that they are design to last for a lifetime. As long as you take care of your implants with good oral hygiene and regular visits to our dental office, they should stay in good condition.
What Is an Implant-Supported Denture?
Implant-supported dentures function much like regular dentures, but they have the added benefit of being anchored to their place in your mouth using implants. Usually, at least four different implants are used to keep your denture secured in its place, but there can be up to eight used, based on what you need. These dentures can be “snap-on” or permanently fixed in your mouth.
Is Restorative Dentistry an Option for Children?
If you bring your child whose teeth have been damaged by cavities, injury or other causes, our dentists will perform an examination and determine if they need a restorative treatment and what type should be used to best help your child.
How Much Will My Restorative Treatment Cost and Will It Be Covered by My Insurance?
The cost of your treatment greatly depends on how sever the damage to your teeth is and what kind of treatment will be required to fully restore them. Before your treatment our office can provide you with an estimate of the cost. It is common for many dental insurance plans to cover a portion of the bill. And we will work with you to help you maximize the benefits you get from your insurance.