As much as we try to take care of our teeth, we aren’t always able to keep them healthy and beautiful. Fortunately, restorative dentistry has many options for repairing your teeth and returning them to their beautiful, healthy state. Restorative dentistry can address minor cavities, teeth damaged by wear or trauma, and even hopeless or lost teeth.
If you need restorative dentistry in Valdosta, GA, please call (229) 242-5511 or email for an appointment with Dr. Nelson Clements.
What Restorative Dentistry Can Repair
Restorative dentistry can address most of the damage that can be done to your teeth. This includes:
Chipped or cracked teeth
Hopeless and lost teeth
In fact, restorative dentistry usually offers multiple treatment options for each problem so that you can choose the option that best matches your cosmetic and functional goals.
Options for Cavity Treatment
Cavities are among the most common reasons for seeking restorative dentistry. In fact, about 96% of all adults have at least one cavity in their teeth. How we treat a cavity depends on its size.
If a cavity is small, we might recommend a wait-and-see attitude. We might recommend changes in your diet and oral hygiene in the hopes that your body will be able to stop or even repair the cavity.
For cavities that need treatment, we will recommend a tooth-colored filling. For smaller cavities, this will probably mean a composite resin filling. For larger cavities, we might recommend ceramic fillings, which help maintain the strength of your tooth.
If a cavity is large enough that it’s threatening the strength of the tooth, we will likely recommend a dental crown, which can protect and strengthen the tooth.
Infected or Abscessed Tooth Treatment
When a cavity grows large enough that it penetrates into the interior of the tooth, oral bacteria can infect the tooth pulp chamber. From this sheltered place inside your tooth, oral bacteria can not only threaten this tooth, they can spread to your bone, other teeth, your sinuses, and even your brain.
Usually, we will treat an infected or abscessed tooth with a root canal procedure. However, in some cases, we may recommend that the tooth be extracted and replaced.
Chipped or Cracked Teeth Repair
If you have suffered a chipped or cracked tooth, it can usually be repaired. Minor tooth chips are repaired with dental bonding most of the time, though porcelain veneers can be used for a more attractive and durable result.
When a cracked tooth has suffered enough damage that it is significantly weakened, a dental crown can be used. If the crack has exposed the dental pulp, a root canal may be recommended. If the crack extends into the tooth root, it’s likely that the tooth will have to be pulled and replaced.
For chipped or cracked teeth, we will want to evaluate your bite first to ensure that your new restorations won’t be damaged soon after being placed.
Repair for Worn Teeth
If your teeth have been shrinking as a result of significant wear on them, it can affect both the appearance and function of the teeth. Dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and dental crowns are all used to restore teeth to their more natural proportions.
However, as with chipped or cracked teeth, we want to make sure your bite is healthy before we place your restoration. That’s to ensure your bite doesn’t do the same thing to your restorations that it did to your natural teeth.
Saving Hopeless Teeth or Replacing Them?
The term “hopeless teeth” is normally used to refer to teeth compromised by gum disease, but it can also mean teeth that have been infected. We will evaluate your hopeless tooth or teeth and make a recommendation to treat them, repair them, or replace them.
If we recommend removing your tooth or teeth, we will let you know what options are available for you, including dental bridges, partial dentures, and dental implants.
A Dentist Who Will Focus on Your Restorative Dentistry
If you are tired of being treated like just another restorative case, then you should consider the dental office of Dr. Nelson Clements. Dr. Clements believes firmly that every patient deserves the benefit of his full focus so that they can get optimal results that will look beautiful and function perfectly.