Restorative Dentistry in Plano, TX
Many dentists love restorative dentistry practice, and it is easy to understand why. Restorative dentistry gives people their smiles back. In many cases, restorative dentistry gives people their lives back. That is why we take pride in the practice of restorative dentistry at McDonald DDS. We want to make sure all of our patients have the best and brightest smile possible.
What is Restorative Dentistry?
Restorative dentistry does just what it says: it restores your teeth back to the way they were before your accident, injury, or disease. In some cases, restorative dentistry improves the look of your teeth so that they look better than they were before! Our restorative services are designed to improve the function and aesthetics of your smile, as well as your overall oral health.
Dentists have several tools they can use to restore teeth that are damaged or diseased. First, if you have a lot of teeth that are damaged, brown, cracked, or chipped, a restorative dentist can use veneers to cover damage and disease and make your teeth look white and perfect. Veneers have been around for decades and have given millions of people reasons to smile.
Dental fillings are the best way to restore minor to moderate instances of tooth decay. Most fillings these days consist of a material known as composite resin. Composite resin is an aesthetically-pleasing material that we color-match to the existing shade of your enamel. For this reason, a composite filling is virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your tooth.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that improves the structure and cosmetics of a damaged or decayed tooth. During the procedure, your tooth must be completely reshaped to accommodate the shape of the crown. Once the tooth is reshaped, we will permanently bond the crown to the enamel using a special adhesive. Many crowns are fabricated these days with porcelain, due to its unmatched aesthetics.
If a tooth is damaged due to cavities, your dentist will usually drill it out and rely on dental filling with a composite or amalgam material. If the damage is too extensive, you will need a lot more than the normal dental filling. That’s when inlays, onlays and dental crowns come into play as means of providing more support for your tooth.
A dental bridge is a tooth replacement that typically consists of two dental crowns linked together by a pontic, or false tooth. A traditional bridge is supported by the two surrounding teeth, known as abutment teeth, that we reshape to receive the crowns. A bridge can also be supported by a series of dental implants if multiple adjacent teeth are missing. If you are missing a tooth, a bridge will prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of their proper position.
A dental implant is a small titanium post that we surgically embed into the jawbone. The implant serves as the root component of a prosthetic tooth. Once the implant is in place, it will fuse to the bone during the process of osseointegration. Osseointegration allows the implant to support a restoration against the strongest forces of your bite. For this reason, dental implants are widely considered to be the next best thing to your natural teeth. Best of all, implants can keep your gums and jaw healthy and prevent bone loss, which is important, especially if you are young. Bone loss in your jaw can lead to you looking older than you are and can even change the shape of your jaw over time.
Here at McDonald DDS, we understand that losing your teeth can be physically and emotionally traumatic, but rest assured you do not have to continue suffering needlessly. No matter what your situation is, we are here to provide you with several customizable options to fit your specific needs and lifestyle.
A denture is a removable appliance that is usually used to replace one or more missing teeth. A partial denture usually attaches to the surrounding teeth with metal clasps. A complete denture consists of a flesh-colored acrylic base that supports a complete arch of prosthetic teeth. We offer custom-fit dentures as a more comfortable, functional, and durable solution.
Are you worried about the embarrassment of missing teeth while waiting for a lab to make your dentures? At McDonald DDS, we are proud to offer our clients same day dentures as a solution to this problem. This restorative dentistry procedure provides you with the removal of your teeth and replacement of an entire arch all in one appointment. While same day dentures are not for everyone, they can be a great way to replace your teeth without the embarrassment of missing teeth for any length of time.
Inlays and onlays are ideal for areas of decay too large for a filling, but not large enough to require the placement of a dental crown. The restoration is considered an inlay if it is placed within the occlusal (bite) surface of a tooth. The restoration is considered an onlay if it extends beyond one or more of the occlusal cusps.
A root canal is a last-ditch effort to save a tooth from extraction. We may recommend a root canal if an infection has spread to the “pulpy” center of the tooth that contains nerve endings and other connective tissues. Once the infection has been removed, we fill the canals with a rubber-like material known as gutta-percha. A tooth that has received root canal treatment typically needs to be capped with a crown.
There are two types of tooth extractions: simple and surgical. We perform a simple extraction on a tooth that has already erupted above the gumline. We perform a surgical extraction on a tooth that has become impacted, or has yet to erupt, such as wisdom teeth. Extraction may be necessary to prevent the spread of infection and other complications.
Full Set of Teeth Restoration
One of the best reasons to see a restorative dentist is to restore an entire set of teeth. Many people in the United States - nearly 3% of the population, have no teeth remaining. Some of those people lost their teeth due to injuries or accidents. For example, people can lose teeth in car accidents if their faces take an impact from a car crash. People can also lose several teeth if they are injured in an accident at work or playing sports.
Schedule an Appointment
Restorative dentistry truly gives people their lives and confidence back. If you need a restorative dentist, McDonald DDS can help. Give us a call at (469) 649-0699 or book an appointment with us online today!
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