Protect Your Smile by Restoring It
If you come down with the common cold, you may take some cold medicine to offset the symptoms or drink some hot tea. Ultimately, you will just wait for it to get better. The same goes for a minor scrape on the skin or a bruised elbow. In these instances, your body will usually heal itself. When it comes to your teeth, your smile will need some help with restorative dentistry. The protective layer of enamel on the outside of your teeth does not regenerate or heal like your skin and bones. You get one set of permanent teeth in your smile for your adult life. Restoring a decayed or damaged tooth is essential for your smile’s health. The team at Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO is here to help you protect your smile.
A Filling Stops Decay
Once tooth decay breaks through the enamel of your tooth, more and more bacteria will inhabit the inner parts of your tooth. A dental filling is the process in which your dentist will disinfect your tooth before restoring the enamel with a tooth-like composite resin. This will protect the tooth against infection and further damage. It will also restore your smile’s abilities to bite and chew.
Cap It With a Crown
A severely damaged or decayed tooth may have too much lost enamel to be restored with the composite resin bonding material. In some cases, endodontic treatment may be necessary to disinfect and restore the deep inner tissues of the tooth. A crown can be placed on top of the tooth to restore and protect it.
When tooth loss happens in adulthood, it can leave quite a void in the smile. Not only can it impact the smile’s appearance and abilities to function, a lost tooth can impact the integrity of the bones that support the smile. Tooth loss can lead to a degenerative effect on the bone density of the jaw. Replacing a lost tooth with an implant and a prosthesis can offset these negative effects.