When you have nice things, you know to take care of them through regular maintenance. That’s true for your smile, which is why you need to brush and floss every day. By keeping your teeth and gums clean, you can help keep both healthy.
But the world is not perfect. Between wear-and-tear, accidents, or injuries, you could have some damage. From a chipped tooth to common cavities, you need restorative dentistry treatments to correct and repair the damage. Otherwise, things will likely just get worse.
Call our Plymouth, MI dentist’s office today at 734-404-7336 and schedule your next visit. Dr. Callow combines decades of experience with modern training, so he can help protect your smile with the right treatments.
Get A Healthy Smile
Here are some specific ways having a health smile can benefit you:
- Improved quality of life: When your teeth need work, it can be painful just to chew. That adds stress to your life that you really do not need. Plus, you could be worrying about damaging your teeth more. By repairing the damage, you can chew confidently and rest assured that your teeth are healthy.
- Less risk of new damage: Speaking of worrying, that’s a reasonable concern. When you have some minor damage like thin cracks or a toothache that only rarely appears, it’s tempting to ignore things. That’s a problem because all that chewing will make the damage worse! But when you repair your teeth, that goes away and you won’t be putting your teeth at risk.
- Increased self-esteem: When the damage is visible, such as with a missing or chipped tooth, you start to wonder what people think when they see it. That can easily lower your self-esteem and confidence. Thanks to the tooth-colored nature of many restorative dentistry treatments, you can repair the damage and make your smile better looking.
- Better overall wellness: Because your body is all interconnected, problems with your dental health can impact your wellness as a whole. For example, an infection inside a tooth can spread throughout your body and cause widespread inflammation. Plus, it’s hard to eat healthy when your teeth don’t do their job right. Getting the needed repairs to your smile can help with a lot more than your teeth.
Improve Your Dental Health
But how can you enjoy those benefits exactly? Restorative dentistry is any treatment that restores your teeth to how they should be: Healthy and good looking. Here are four specific treatments that can help you.
- Dental crowns: One of the most versatile treatments is the dental crown. Here, you get a durable cap shaped and colored to look like a healthy version of your damaged tooth. Then it’s carefully bonded over that tooth. This makes sure the damage doesn’t grow worse, but it also hides it. This way, you repair and beautify your smile.
- Tooth-colored fillings: Waiting to repair cavities just makes the tooth decay worse and can eventually lead to an infected tooth. Thankfully, modern ceramic fillings are colored to match your teeth. Dr. Callow can even help replace your old metal fillings so your teeth are strong but look natural.
- Inlays and onlays: If a cavity grew too big, a tooth-colored fillings might not work. You could get a dental crown, but many people get inlays and onlays. These repair tooth decay, especially on the biting surface or right nearby. As with fillings, these will blend in with your natural enamel.
- Dental bridges: A gap in your smile from a lost tooth can really hurt your dental health. It’s not just embarrassing because your nearby teeth will start to slide towards the gap over time. A dental bridge can replace the missing tooth by bonding a dental crown right in that space.
- Root canals: The same bacteria behind cavities can break into a tooth and infect it. When this happens, you can experience discomfort or pain whenever you chew. That toothache can even hit all day long! A root canal gently removes the infection and the pain it causes. Dr. Callow is trained in using rotary handpieces to help make your root canal comfortable.
Enjoy A Dental Implant
While a dental bridge is definitely useful, there is an even better way of replacing a missing tooth: a dental implant. Here, Dr. Callow will make a dental crown that looks like the one you lost. But then he will surgically place an artificial tooth root in that gap. Then the crown is connected to the implanted root. This gives several benefits over other treatments:
- Long-lasting replacement: A dental bridge often needs to be replaced after 10 years or so. That’s because all that chewing wears it down over time. But a dental implant is designed to last the rest of your life. You could end up saving time and money this way.
- Improved jawbone health: When you chew, stimulation travels down a tooth’s root into the jawbone. This helps keep the bone tissue there healthy. So when you’ve lost a tooth, there’s no stimulation there and the bone starts to deteriorate. A dental implant includes an artificial root so stimulation can reach there normally. This helps protect your jawbone.
- Straight teeth: Your teeth are not locked in place and can move slowly. Normally, they support each other in a line and help keep them straight. But when there’s a gap, there’s no support. Those teeth start to grow crooked. By filling that space with a dental implant, you help keep the nearby teeth straight and even.
In order to get an implant, you need a healthy amount of bone tissue below the gap. For those with thin jawbones, you can get a mini dental implant. These are just like regular ones but are easier to place, heals more quickly, and won’t require anything like a bone graft. And you still replace that missing tooth!