Missing teeth, worn and broken teeth, jaw pain, and gum infections change the health and effectiveness of the bite. These painful dental problems can develop quickly, so it is important to receive dental care as soon as possible. Minor oral health issues can develop into more complex problems that will require costly and invasive treatments to restore. Waterford Family and Cosmetic Dentistry provide restorative dentistry services to patients in Leland, NC. Our experienced dental team crafts effective and thorough treatment plans to revitalize the function, health, and look of patient’s smiles.
Restorative Dental Care
Restorative dentistry helps reverse the damage done by gum disease, TMJ disorders, and missing teeth. Dental concerns such as these get worse the longer they are left untreated. Using a patient-focused approach, our dentists are better able to pinpoint the cause of the problem and find the right solution. Learn more about our restorative treatments below:
Dental bridges are a great option for patients with multiple missing teeth. Bridges are dental prosthetics that can restore consecutive missing teeth. They can be removable or fixed to the mouth with implants or natural teeth covered with dental crowns.
Porcelain ceramic dental crowns fully cover fractured, chipped, or stained teeth like a cap. They can also cover dental implants for aesthetically pleasing restorations. Dental crowns not only look like natural teeth but provide stability and strength to the tooth structure.
Dental implants are a versatile treatment that can replace single missing teeth or secure prosthetics that restore multiple missing teeth. A tooth implant is made of a titanium post, abutment, and dental crown. Implants are surgically placed at the root and fuse to the jawbone for added stability. When secured with dental implants, dentures and bridges feel like natural teeth and last longer than if they were removable.
Full and Partial Dentures
Partial and full dentures can replace entire rows or arches of missing teeth. Replacing missing teeth with dentures can prevent shifting and overcrowding teeth as well as tooth decay, speech problems, and facial sagging. Implant-secured dentures do not require adhesives and restore the full bite.
TMJ disorders create bite problems including teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism), toothaches, headaches, and jaw pain. Oral appliance therapy can treat jaw pain, headaches, and bruxism. These nightguards keep the teeth from grinding together and release pressure from the jaw.
Gum Disease Treatment
Periodontitis, or gum disease, occurs when bacteria build up, forming plaque that irritates the gums. As gum inflammation, or gingivitis, progresses, it can lead to receding gums and even tooth loss. Our surgical and non-surgical periodontal treatments remove bacteria and plaque while restoring tissue and bone.
Restorative Dental FAQs
Below we will answer commonly asked questions about restorative dental services:
How can I prevent gum disease?
Scheduling regular appointments to our Waterford office can help prevent gum disease from developing. Our dental hygienists can thoroughly clean around and beneath the gums to remove bacteria and plaque that irritate the gums. Remember to brush and floss twice a day at home to remove bacteria from the gums.
How do traditional removable dentures compare to implant dentures?
Removable dentures use messy adhesives or snaps that do not fully stabilize prosthetic teeth. This traditional method of tooth replacement may require frequent repairs and can irritate the gums. Dentures that are supported by dental implants retain the bite and feel just like natural teeth. They also do not come with dietary restrictions.
Can I receive tooth implants for my current dental restoration?
Yes, if you have a removable bridge or denture, dental implants may be added for extra stability. During a consultation, we will determine how many implants are needed to secure your restoration.
Request a Dental Consultation
Restore the look and feel of your natural smile with restorative dental care. Schedule an appointment with our dental team online or call our Waterford dental office at 910-519-1624.