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The Different Types of Tooth Restoration

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Having a smile you are proud of can do wonders for your mental health and overall well-being. Smile insecurity is often a direct result of yellowed, crooked, or even lost teeth. Gum diseases like periodontitis and gingivitis can have a big impact on the quality and look of your teeth, and may make your smile insecurity feel even worse. 

Nobody deserves to feel bad about their teeth or smile, and Journal Square Dental is here to provide top-notch dental care to help restore your smile, aesthetically and functionally. If you have a tooth that is currently in need of restoration, whether you are actively fighting a gum disease or not, we can help you out today. To schedule an examination and determine the best route of action, please call the number listed below. 

3 Main Types of Tooth Restoration 

Tooth restoration is done for a variety of reasons, the most common including aesthetic and functionality. When you do not exercise proper oral health maintenance, bacteria can easily build and gum disease can wreak havoc on your gum, teeth, and jawbone. When you are looking to restore the look and feel of your teeth, the three main restoration options include:

Root Canal

When your tooth is infected by disease or is cracked, it will begin to rot. A root canal is a preventative procedure that directly addresses the rot in the pulpy inside of your tooth. A root canal treatment is conducted using a local numbing agent and targets the bacteria that has built up in the root canal. 

This procedure can be fairly quick, and it is a great way to preserve the natural tooth and prevent reinfection. 

Crown 

When the exposed tooth has been decayed or worn down, a dental crown may be the best course of action. A dental crown is essentially a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a shaved down version of your natural tooth. This preserves the foundation of the tooth while replacing the enamel with a fitted crown. Crowns should be treated with the same level of care and attention as a regular tooth, as they can collect bacteria and stain. 

Crowns can also be a good solution for heavily stained or discolored teeth. There are many different materials your crown can be made from, and it’s best to ask your dentist which option would work for you. 

Dental Implant

If you have lost a tooth or need an extraction due to rot or infection, you will want to discuss dental implant options with a knowledgeable dentist. Not only does filling in the gap left by the missing tooth feel better aesthetically, but it is also vital to keeping the natural function of your mouth and face. When you are left with a hole in your gums, your teeth may begin to naturally shift toward the hole, causing problems with biting, chewing, and even speaking. The bone may also begin to weaken, which can allow your sinuses to sag. 

Dental implants, with current procedures and technology, are built to last a lifetime. Like crowns, they must be treated and taken care of the same way you would your regular teeth. After your dental implant is done, your dentist will likely set up a schedule for frequent professional cleanings until everything has adjusted. From there, you can resume regular dental visits and maintenance. 

Looking for Tooth Restoration Services? Consult With a Professional Today

Journal Square Dental has proudly served our community’s needs for over a quarter of century and would love to do the same for you. We believe in a people-first approach to restorative dentistry, meaning we are there with you every step of the way, from the initial examination to the final, rejuvenated smile. 

To schedule an appointment today, please call our office at (201) 431-0288 or fill out a contact form.