Sioux City Dentist Explains Dental Restorations
You know the term “restoration” as returning something – maybe a car or house – to its former excellent condition. That is exactly what dental restorations do. These treatments reinstate the chewing function, ability to speak clearly, and appearance of the smile. Sioux City dentist, Dr. Dona Prince, provides a full range of restorative dentistry services to keep your mouth healthy and attractive.
Maintaining a vital smile
The goal of restorative dentistry is to keep your teeth intact. It is necessary in situations such as:
- Tooth decay.
- Trauma – a chipped, fractured, or broken tooth.
- A missing tooth (or several).
- Mouth pain.
- Bite issues.
- Problems with chewing.
- Excessive dental wear.
- TMJ discomfort.
- Old, worn, or ill-fitting dental work.
Dr. Prince uses composite resin bonding material, shaded to match your natural teeth, to fill cavities and for other minor repairs. Bonding is a direct restoration because it is applied, shaped, and light-cured in the mouth.
Porcelain restorations are indirect because they are created outside the mouth, then bonded into place. Dental crowns are a good example. A crown encircles the visible portion of a tooth, providing protection against further damage. Dr. Prince uses advanced CEREC technology to craft porcelain crowns in-house, in a single appointment. The same technique is used for inlays and onlays. These ceramic restorations are used when the area of damaged tooth structure is too large for a filling, but does not warrant a full crown.
While primarily used for aesthetic improvement, Lumineers can be considered restorative because these thin shells of porcelain strengthen teeth.
Dr. Prince offers several options to replace missing teeth. A dental implant becomes part of the body, mimicking the root of a lost tooth and forming a lasting foundation for a crown. A dental bridge supports an artificial tooth (or up to three) with crowns on adjacent teeth. Partial and full dentures are time-tested tooth replacement methods, as well.
The integrity of your mouth and the appearance of your smile go hand in hand. You can trust Dr. Prince for dental restorations that serve both purposes seamlessly. Call (712) 274 2228 to schedule an appointment at her Sioux City office.