Fortunately, the overall rate of tooth decay has diminished over the years due to the use of fluoride and an increase in patient awareness. However, teeth are still susceptible to decay, infection, breakage, wear, and even loss. Through improved techniques and modern technology, we are now able to offer more options for restoring a tooth back to its normal shape, appearance, and function.
Should you need restorative dentistry in Leesburg, VA, we will discuss your choices and recommend what we believe to be the most appropriate and least invasive treatment.
If your dentist has found tooth decay, but you don’t feel any pain, you may not think that the problem is serious enough for treatment. However, it’s important to address it as soon as possible because oral problems never get better on their own. Over time, they only progress and get worse! Waiting to correct the issue means that more extensive treatment will be needed. For example, decay that called for a filling now could require a dental crown. If your teeth are damaged from decay or an injury, don’t wait to get treatment!
When there is more extensive decay or a need to protect a weakened tooth, a crown is often the restoration of choice. Crowns can be made of metal or porcelain and are placed over a tooth to strengthen it. They can also be used to cover implants, protect a cracked tooth, or restore worn and discolored teeth.
For minor decay, our team can simply remove the infected structure and use tooth-colored fillings. Unlike traditional amalgam filling materials made of metal alloys, this kind of filling consists of composite resin, a substance that combines dental plastic and ceramic particles. As a result, we can shade the resin to match your enamel, making the filling disappear and blend in with your smile. We also can preserve more of your natural tooth structure and avoid sensitivity to hot and cold sensations.
In the past, getting a crown meant that you had to wear a temporary one, wait a couple of weeks for the permanent crown to be crafted, and then return to the dental office to have it placed. At Downtown Family Dental of Leesburg, we can create and place high-quality, custom crowns all in one appointment, saving you time and headaches. We can make these ceramic restorations look just like a natural tooth, so no one will know that you ever needed dental work in the first place.
Full mouth reconstruction is the process of rebuilding or simultaneously restoring all of the teeth in both the upper and lower jaws. This may include using porcelain veneers, crowns, implants, tooth bonding, bridges, or dentures depending on the degree of tooth damage or loss. This differs from a “smile makeover,” which is an elective procedure used to enhance someone’s appearance.