Restorative Dentistry for Irving and Las Colinas
There aren’t many people that go through life without needing some kind of restorative dental care. Teeth work hard each and every day, so some wear and tear is bound to happen eventually. Decay can lead to structural damage and injury can cause a broken or even lost tooth. Left untreated, these concerns can lead to more serious problems. That’s why there’s restorative dentistry. At 21st Century Dental & Sleep Center, your Irving dentist offers a wide range of restorative dentistry services to fix dental issues as quickly and comfortably as possible so that you can once again enjoy the benefits of a healthy smile.
Dental decay is probably the most common problem we see. There are millions of bacteria living in your mouth, and every time you eat they are ready and waiting to feast on small particles of food that are left behind on your teeth. If not cleaned away with brushing, the acids they excrete can lead to cavities. When that happens, we can place a tooth-colored filling. Made of composite resin, which is comprised of medical grade plastic and ground glass, these fillings blend in with the natural color of your tooth and are as strong as their metal counterparts.
When you have a tooth needing repair that requires more than a tooth-colored filling, a dental crown may be the solution. In the case of a broken or deeply cracked tooth, a crown restores both form and function. Placing a dental crown requires scheduling two appointments with your dentist in Irving. At the first, a minimal amount of tooth structure is removed to make room for the crown to fit evenly between adjacent and opposing teeth. At a follow-up visit two weeks later, the dental crown is permanently bonded in place.
Fixed Dental Bridges
Dental crowns can also be used to secure a fixed dental bridge. In this case, crowns are mounted on healthy teeth that are on either side of a missing tooth. The crowns and bridge are constructed as a single unit. Once the crowns are placed, the false teeth in between are suspended across the gap and your smile is complete.
For people who are edentulous, there are dentures. These have long been used to create a smile that is full and functional. Our dentists take precise measurements of your mouth in order to create dentures that look natural and fit comfortably. Resting on your gum ridge, dentures are held in place with a combination of natural suction and denture adhesive.
The most secure alternative for tooth replacement is a dental implant. This prosthetic combines the security of a post in your jawbone with the natural look of a porcelain crown for a single missing tooth, a bridge for more than one or even a denture if all of your teeth are missing along one arch. Once the implant is set in your jaw, there will be a few months of healing while the post and surrounding bone fuse together. Once secure, the tooth restoration is attached.