Restorative dentistry like what we offer here at our practice in Laytonsville restores the strength and beauty of your smile. Whenever possible, we will preserve your natural teeth. When needed, we can also provide tooth replacement options that are both functional and beautiful.
Your restorative dentistry treatment plan may include one or more of the following solutions:
Dentures are replacement teeth. Depending on your needs and your health, we offer both traditional and implant-supported dentures. All of our dentures are custom-made to fit your unique needs.
Traditional dentures are removable; these can be either a whole set of teeth or a partial one. An adhesive is used to attach the dentures to your gums. These adhesives come in a variety of options: cream, powder, liquid, or strips.
Whatever adhesive you use, we recommend that you choose one that has been evaluated by the American Dental Association (ADA) to protect your health as well as the dentures.
Harmful bacteria on teeth can lead to decay. Untreated decay may cause further complications, such as pain or infection. Composite fillings are a safe, effective solution to help preserve your teeth.
Composite fillings are made of a tooth-colored, composite resin. This resin is strong, durable, and aesthetic. We gently remove decayed tissue and place your filling to help prevent further damage.
Inlays / Onlays
When more than half of the tooth’s biting surface is damaged, a dentist will often use an inlay or onlay. On a restoration spectrum between a filling and a crown, these are somewhere in the middle, preserving more of the tooth’s natural structure than a crown but covering more area than a filling would.
Inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain, gold, or composite resin. These pieces are bonded to the damaged area of the tooth. An inlay, which is similar to a filling, is used inside the cusp tips of the tooth. An onlay is a more substantial reconstruction, similar to the inlay but extending out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth.
Over time, teeth begin to weaken. This leaves them more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks or discoloration. A dental crown can renew the appearance and function of a tooth. Also, dental crowns are often used in conjunction with root canal therapy, dental implants, or as an anchor for a bridge.
Crowns are typically made from porcelain to provide both strength and a natural appearance. Once treatment is complete, continue routine brushing and flossing. Keep regular office visits to help your crown last many years.
A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. With this type of restoration, one or more neighboring teeth may be crowned and used to anchor the replacement.
Tooth replacement helps avoid shifting of surrounding teeth into gaps. If left untreated, structural changes to your mouth and jaw may occur. This can cause you difficulty with eating, speech, and other functions.
Dental implants are a safe, durable replacement for missing teeth. Dental implants function and appear like natural teeth. Sheila L. Brush, DDS, PC is committed to ensuring your optimal comfort and quality care. We use the latest techniques to ensure efficient, stress-free treatment.
Dental implants may be paired with replacement crowns for full tooth replacement. They may also be used to anchor dentures. Dr. Brush will recommend your teeth replacement plan based on your individual needs and preferences.
Your Laytonsville & Olney dentist Can Restore Your Smile
Restorative dentistry may be right for you if you have experienced any of these dental issues:
- Tooth decay
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Tooth pain
- Missing teeth
- Severely worn teeth
Sheila L. Brush, DDS, PC has the training and experience to restore the health, function, and beauty of your smile safely and gently. Contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brush. You can also learn more about our practice from our business page, and make sure to get directions before you head our way!