Restorative Dentistry: So Many Offerings, Which One Is Right For You?
With so many restorative dentistry options available, how do you know which option is right for you? The first thing you need to do is find a restorative dentist you can trust, such as Dr. Hugh B. Rosenblatt, DMD, PA. Next, get to know the options and what conditions they can treat to get your smile back.
Dental Health Conditions and Matching Restorative Options
Cracked Tooth – Whether you crack is the result of your actions or someone else’s, it is still a big deal. A cracked tooth can threaten the life of your tooth regardless of whether it is severe or not. The only thing that the severity dictates is what restorative option will be used to save the life of your tooth. For less severe cracks, the fix is obviously going to be less invasive. Some common treatments for a cracked tooth are:
- Veneers – While veneers are technically a cosmetic dentistry option, they have restorative value for people who have a cracked front tooth. A veneer is bonded to the front of the tooth for support and protects the tooth from further damage, allowing you to use the tooth going forward. The severity of the crack dictates whether a veneer is a viable option.
- Crowns – This the next level of treatment for a cracked tooth. A cap will cover, seal, and support the cracked tooth. You will have all of the function back, and the crown will keep your tooth safe from breaking.
Broken Tooth – A break in your tooth is the next level of trauma. A break will expose the inside of your tooth to the debris and bacteria in your mouth, and that is not good for you or your health. There are bacteria in your mouth at all times, no matter how well you clean your teeth, or how thorough your dental hygiene routine is. The last thing you want is for that bacteria to get inside your tooth. That will lead to big problems that could very well cost you the life of your tooth, and may even damage the bone structure of your jaw.
- Dental Fillings – There are times where the break in your tooth can be corrected by a simple dental filling. This will fill the void that was created by the break and will make your tooth a viable member of your dental arch once again.
- Dental Crowns – Just as with a crack, crowns are the next level up in care for a broken tooth. A crown is for a tooth that needs to be covered because the inside of the tooth is exposed. The crown will keep the pieces of your broken tooth together and save you from having to get the tooth extracted.
- Dental Implants – Some breaks are too extreme to save the tooth. In those situations, you need to find a tooth replacement option, and there is no better replacement option than dental implants. You get superior stability that is just as good, if not better, than your natural tooth.
Missing Tooth – A tooth lost is devastating for the function of your mouth and the look of your smile. A missing tooth can happen for a number of reasons. You could have your tooth dislodged during a sporting activity or some other activity. You could have a cracked tooth that sustains more damage and now cannot be saved. You could also suffer from a break that is too dramatic for your tooth to be saved. Whatever the case, Dr. Rosenblatt has some options to replace it.
- Dental Implants – The preeminent tooth replacement option on the market, dental implants are able to give you everything you had with your real tooth. You get stability, protection against bone loss, and a look that is second to none.
- Implant-Supported Bridge – This option is for those who have to replace two or more teeth. Our BruxZir zirconia crowns are custom made and bonded together to fill the gap in your smile. Dental implants are placed in the gaps, and abutments are placed on top. The bridge is fixed to those abutments permanently.
- Dentures – Replacing a whole arch of teeth can be done using a denture. Dr. Rosenblatt often uses this method in lieu of placing individual implants for every missing tooth. You’ll receive a whole arch of teeth without the need for any type of invasive procedure.
Infected Tooth – This might be the most dangerous condition of all on this list. Any infection is a big deal. If it is not brought under control, you run the risk of the infection getting into your blood, and then the least of your worries will be your tooth. An infection in your tooth can also cause your nerve to die and might result in an abscess. This is a pocket of infection in your gums. It is critical that you have the abscess drained before it does any more damage to your mouth.
Here is how Dr. Rosenblatt can take care of your infected tooth:
- Root Canal Treatment – In order to clear your tooth of the infection, all of the infected material must get out of your tooth. A root canal does just that. By clearing the infected nerve and pulp from inside the tooth, Dr. Rosenblatt can save your tooth.
Call our Boynton Beach, FL office today at (561) 877-3802 to schedule your consultation and get on the road to a better smile. You can use our online form to schedule your appointment as well.