Restorative dentistry repairs your natural teeth to give you a confident, healthy smile. Your dentist may suggest a treatment plan to restore teeth that are decayed, chipped, cracked, discolored or even missing. Teeth that are affected by any of these developmental or trauma-related defects can qualify for restorative care. Whether it’s a filling, crown, implant or bridge, there are several options available depending on need.
At Midlothian Dental Center, keeping your natural teeth strong and healthy, is our top priority. We want you to leave our office feeling and looking you best so you can live life with a confident smile.
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Fillings & Crowns
If you have a silver filling, it may degrade or blacken over time. Silver fillings tend to expand, which means they sometimes damage the tooth’s structure so it no longer holds a filling.
This is where Midlothian Dental Center can help by replacing your filling with a tooth-colored filling – or replacing the filling with a crown. Tooth-colored fillings are made of resin, and have a much more natural appearance than silver fillings. With a resin filling, your tooth can be made stronger than before.
Crowns, also known as caps, cover the entire tooth down to the root to keep it protected. Crowns can endure heavier use, which is why they are helpful in treating decayed or broken teeth.
Why Choose A Crown?
Here are 3 reasons to choose a crown beyond the protection it offers your damaged tooth:
- Crowns help keep your jaw and bite aligned, making sure the rest of your teeth don’t shift or bear too much of the workload when it comes to biting and chewing.
- Crowns can impact your appearance. When a broken tooth does not support facial muscles like it used to, you may even look different. Crowns restore your natural facial structure, so you look like yourself.
- Crowns can improve your smile.
Types Of Crowns
Midlothian Dental Center typically recommends porcelain crowns. Porcelain crowns are built on a metal base and fit over your natural tooth. Because they can be color-matched to the color of your natural teeth, it’s hardly noticeable.
Gold crowns are also available and more cost-effective. Patients sometimes choose a gold crown for back molars, which are seen less often.
Caring for Your New Crown
Caring for your new crown is like caring for any of your teeth: good brushing and flossing habits can protect your teeth from decay. Flossing below the gum line is important because it stops bacterial growth and gum disease, protecting the base of your crown.
For many years, the only treatments for tooth loss were dentures or bridges. Today, however, dental implants are a great alternative. Dental implants replace tooth roots. They are set into your jaw, and over time, the jawbone actually grows into the implant.
Depending on whether you are missing one, several, or all of your teeth, you may have a single implant, or implant-supported bridges. The procedure typically involves local anesthesia, to make for a painless experience.
Implants are made to match your natural teeth. They don’t require removal or adhesives like dentures. Because they fuse with the bone, they become permanent. In fact, with proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Even though 22 million Americans have sleep apnea, 80 percent of those cases are undiagnosed. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to the symptoms you may experience that could indicate you have sleep apnea, a condition that causes people to involuntarily stop breathing for 10 or more seconds throughout the night.
Here are a few signs you could have a serious sleep disorder:
- Regularly waking up with a sore or dry throat.
- Not feeling rested even though you have slept.
- A lack of energy during the day or sleepiness in the morning.
- Forgetfulness or morning headaches
Because these symptoms are so chronic, they can be hard to recognize. Unfortunately, many people allow them to become “their norm” when they shouldn’t be.
At Midlothian Dental Center, we help treat sleeping disorders like sleep apnea, as well as chronic snoring.
If you think you may not be getting the most restful sleep you can, make your appointment with us today. Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that is associated with higher risk of heart disease and stroke.