At Forestream Dental in Buffalo, Restorative Dentistry is the dentist's process of capping a tooth, strengthening it, or improving its appearance with one or a combination of dental procedures. Natural teeth that have been damaged, decayed or lost can be made to look and function as healthy teeth once again through restorative dentistry.
If you live in Buffalo, New York, or any one of the nearby areas, and if your current dental work is old, worn, cracked or ineffective, Forestream Dental Group can help restore your teeth and help you smile again.
Restorative Dentistry Treatment Options
The following are just a few of the restorative dental techniques that can be performed to improve the look and health of your teeth.
Restorative dentistry offers many more comfortable alternatives today than were available even just a few years ago. Technology allows for faster and more natural-looking results than could be achieved in the past.
Please visit our Before and After Photo Gallery page to see the end results we've achieved for some of our patients. You'll be amazed at what you see!
In addition, if the thought of dental work makes you nervous, Forestream Dental Group offers sedation dentistry. We can discuss your best options for dental restoration during your complimentary consultation.
How Can My Dentist Repair a Broken Tooth?
Your teeth are made up of very strong materials. However, too much acidity in the mouth can wear down your enamel over time. This is what causes cavities, erosion, and also fractures in teeth. Your dentist can repair fractures and breaks of all sizes, even more significant breaks that occur below the gum line. In most cases, a broken tooth can be repaired successfully by covering the remaining part of the tooth with a dental crown. This treatment usually takes place in two visits. The first involves the slight reduction of the tooth to allow the crown to fit properly. A temporary crown is placed to protect the tooth. At the second visit, we replace the temporary crown with the final crown that is bonded over the natural tooth. This restoration can last 10 years or longer with good care.
Do I Really Need to Replace a Missing Tooth?
Having a missing tooth can create a noticeable cosmetic problem. This is true even when the missing tooth is near the back of the mouth. It's not just the appearance of your smile that we're concerned about, though. Missing teeth can cause multiple functional issues as well. These include:
- Bone loss. Your jawbone is sustained throughout your lifetime by the force of chewing. If you don't replace a missing tooth, that area of your mouth will not receive the stimulation that's necessary for bone regeneration to continue.
- Tooth movement. Teeth sit right next to each other because they act as support for alignment. If space is not filled after tooth loss, adjacent teeth may shift out of their natural place. This may lessen the large gap but it does so by creating gaps between other teeth; gaps in which harmful bacteria may accumulate.
- Jaw pain and headaches. If your teeth no longer fit together properly when you chew and speak, you may unconsciously alter your jaw movements. This change in the motion of your chewing and speaking places stress on the joints that operate your lower jaw. The stress could lead to TMJ disorder, inflammation, and misalignment in the jaw, which causes painful symptoms in the face and head.
Is Restorative Dental Treatment Like Getting a Crown or Dental Implant Painful?
Many people have the idea that it hurts to receive restorative dental care. We're very understanding of this as one of the main reasons people experience dental anxiety! Rest assured, whether you visit our office in Depew, NY for a filling, a crown, a root canal, a dental implant, or any other treatment, we'll prioritize your comfort. All restorative procedures are performed using a local anesthetic. These injections take just a couple of minutes to effectively numb the area of the mouth that needs treatment. We even take steps to reduce the sensation of your analgesic injections! Beyond the anesthetic that is used to ensure your comfort, we also offer sedation dentistry services. If you're concerned about feeling extraordinarily nervous or anxious during your treatment, talk to us! We can explain how we can promote a less stressful experience for you and also explore the advantages of including sedation in your treatment plan.
Are there Foods that I Cannot Eat with a Dental Crown?
When you begin dental crown treatment, it's important to know what foods might pose a risk of damage. The list is different for temporary crowns than it is for your final crown!
When you have your temporary crown, you should avoid the following:
- Very hard foods like popcorn or hard nuts, ice, and very crunchy hard vegetables like raw carrots.
- Sticky candies like gum and caramel. These can create a suction type of pressure that pulls on the crown.
- Foods that require a lot of chewing to break down. You can eat meat, but you'll need to make sure it's very tender. A tough, well-done steak may need to be cut into very small bite-sized pieces to protect the temporary crown.
When you receive your final crown, you'll need to take the same precautions you did with your temporary crown. After a day or two, though, your new crown should be settled enough to resume most of your normal eating habits. To maintain the integrity of your crown for the long term, you may benefit from continuing to avoid very sticky, chewy candies, very hard nuts and popcorn, and crunchy raw carrots. You can consume harder foods but may want to cut them into smaller pieces that aren't as likely to damage your crown.
Schedule a Consultation For Restorative Dentistry in Buffalo, NY
If you're ready to schedule your complimentary restorative dentistry consultation, call 716-656-8686 today. We proudly serve Buffalo and the surrounding areas of Orchard Park, Lancaster, Amherst, Williamsville and West Seneca in New York.