When Do I Need Restorative Dentistry?

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With cosmetic dentistry, we improve the overall beauty of your smile, masking stains and more. With preventive care, we use treatments like cleanings to improve the health of your smile and avoid the onset of serious problems. But what about restorative dental care? In today’s blog, your Garland, TX, dentist will look at how we address restorative issues!

Tooth Decay and Dental Infection

The outer enamel helps protect the sensitive inner structures from bacteria, which in turn helps prevent cavities and infections. However, when enamel is eroded due to plaque buildup and poor oral hygiene, or a tooth is injured, this exposes these tissues. With a cavity, the tooth begins to ache and feels sensitive. Once an infection begins, the pain is more pronounced, and the risk of tooth loss elevated. To treat a cavity, we may place a lifelike filling made from metal-free composite resin, so the restoration blends with your tooth. For an infected tooth, we may use a root canal procedure to remove infected tissues, and then cap the tooth with a lifelike crown.

Cracked or Chipped Teeth

Should you injure a tooth, let us know. Even minor cracks or chips could increase the risk of cavities and infections, putting the health and stability of your smile at risk. However, we can often restore the tooth in one visit with dental bonding, which uses the same composite resin we employ in our fillings to repair minor chips and cracks. For more severe damage, we may suggest crowns, which cover the entire visible portion are often made using materials like ceramic, ensuring a lifelike appearance and the ability to absorb daily bite forces.

Wisdom Teeth

We also offer tooth extraction, in which we safely and comfortably remove a tooth from your smile. If an infection is too severe to be treated, we may remove the tooth to prevent infection from spreading to surrounding teeth. We could also remove wisdom teeth, which erupt in our late teens and early 20s, and could lead to issues like infection, misalignment, and discomfort. If you have any questions about how we approach our restorative treatments, or about what we do to ensure they look natural, then contact our team. Let us know if you end up with a damaged tooth, or if you notice persistent tooth sensitivity or toothaches, as this could mean you need care right away!

DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT RESTORATIVE DENTAL CARE?

Our team is ready to help restore your smile to optimal oral health and smile beauty. To learn more about our restorations and treatment options, then schedule a consultation by calling Mai Dentistry in Garland, TX, today at 972-530-0552. For our patients who don’t speak English, our office is fluent in both Spanish and Vietnamese.