Common Types of Rehabilitative Dentistry Procedures
There are many different types of rehabilitative dentistry procedures, depending on the current status of your mouth and your desired outcomes. Not all restoration is due to disease or trauma. Rehabilitative therapy can be utilized for those with congenital diseases that make their teeth naturally weaker, or for those who have experienced chipping due to a misaligned bite. Common examples of procedures include the following:
Dental Extractions and Implants
When a tooth is beyond repair and the natural root cannot be salvaged with a root canal or cleaning, it may be necessary to have it professionally extracted. This can help prevent any further infection or rot for the surrounding gums and teeth. Once this procedure has been performed, your dentist’s next step will be to fill in the missing gum socket with a dental implant. In addition, you may also need to receive a bone graft to ensure your jawbone is strong enough to hold an implant.
There are many different types of dental implants, which your dentist can help review with you. Depending on how many teeth you need to have replaced, you have different options that best fit your budget and requirements. An implant will take the place of your natural tooth and help your gums and bones strengthen and heal. It also helps your other teeth remain in place and not shift toward the missing gap.
For discoloration or for a mouth that has been affected by infection, a professional cleaning may be on the list of solutions. This can include teeth whitening, gum contouring, scaling, planning, and more. Cleanings are a way for your dentist to remove any plaque that is building up or hard to address with just regular brushing and flossing.
If plaque is allowed to build up and go undisturbed, it can harden into tartar and result in gum disease.
Once natural function has been restored and you are able to bite, chew, and speak without discomfort or running the risk of chipping or cracking your teeth, cosmetic dentistry may be considered. There are many different ways to address discoloration or chipped teeth, including veneers and dental crowns.
Journal Square Dental understands the impact that a happy and healthy smile can have on your self-esteem, which is why we are proud to offer a Smile Makeover package. Our team of professionals will conduct a thorough examination of your mouth and consult your desired outcomes, goals, and any concerns you currently have. From there, a plan of action will be devised and we will work together to get you the smile you have been dreaming of.