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What are my options for restoring my hopeless teeth
Have you had no end of dental problems? Do you feel that your teeth are simply hopeless? If so, you certainly aren’t alone. Unfortunately for some patients, it doesn’t seem to matter how well they try to take care of their teeth; they still suffer problem after problem relating to their oral health. Whether you have suffered from severe decay, infection, trauma or are unhappy with the way your teeth look, sometimes it can feel like a constant battle to try and achieve a smile that is both healthy and attractive.
If you have resigned yourself to having bad teeth forever, stop! Dental treatments and therapies are continually evolving, and we guarantee that there is something that can be done to help restore the use and appearance of your smile.
The good news is that you have a vast array of different restorative dental options available to you. Exactly which will be best for you will depend on what aspects of your teeth require attention and your dentist will be happy to discuss this with you and make a recommendation.
What happens if my teeth need a lot of work?
If your teeth are in very bad condition or you are severely unhappy with how they look, it may be that a series of different treatments and therapies are required. These will be put together in a treatment program that is tailored specifically to you and your requirements and your dentist will be able to explain exactly what needs to happen and what order these various elements will be carried out in.
If you need all of the teeth on either the upper or lower arch replaced, you may be referred for a treatment program that is known as a full mouth reconstruction. This looks at restoring the function and appearance of entire arches of teeth and, like a treatment program for less serious dental issues, can compromise of many different aspects. You may also need a range of professionals involved, from your regular dentist to endodontists, periodontists, and specialist oral surgeons.
Types of dental restorative treatment
There are many different types of dental restorative treatment that could be effective in helping you achieve a healthy, attractive and functional smile. Some of the most common restorative dental procedures include the following:
Cavity fillings. This involves the use of amalgam or composite resin to fill holes left by areas of decay that your dentist has had to remove.
Porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin, shell-like covers that sit on the outer enamel of teeth to cover cosmetic imperfections. They also add strength to the tooth and help to make your smile more uniform in appearance.
Dental bridges. Bridges are designed to literally bridge the gap left by a single missing tooth.
Root canal. A root canal is the only way to deal with an infection in the root of a tooth. The process involves opening up the root and cleaning it thoroughly, before sealing it. A prompt root canal can save a tooth that would otherwise require extraction.
Scaling and root planing. This endodontic treatment is used to help treat gum disease and involves removing plaque, bacteria and food debris from the teeth and periodontal pockets. In doing so, scaling and root
Dental implants. Dental implants are a revolutionary new way to replace teeth that have been extracted or have fallen out. The technology behind implants can be used to place a single artificial tooth, a bridge, a partial denture or even a full arch of missing teeth. Dental implants are arguably the strongest and most resilient of all tooth replacement options.
Bone grafting. If you are found to have low-density bone in your jaw, your dentist may recommend bone grafting as a way to make it possible for you to have dental implants. This is because implants rely on plenty of healthy bone to hold them in place.
Orthodontic treatments. This includes conventional braces as well as newer alternatives such as Invisalign. Orthodontic treatments are designed to improve the position of your teeth and how they sit in relation to your jaw. This helps to address issues such as bite problems, gaps in teeth, crooked or twisted teeth. It can also help to avoid problems relating to temporomandibular joint or TMJ.
If your teeth are getting you down, don’t despair. Our friendly and knowledgeable dental team have experience in helping patients with all manner of different dental problems and will be happy to meet with you to discuss what can be done to restore your ‘hopeless’ teeth. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
If you are less than satisfied with the appearance of your smile, Dr. Sam and our experienced team of dental professionals would be pleased to help you. With the skill and experience to deliver first-class cosmetic dentistry here at our offices in Sherman, TX, Dr. Sam and the team can transform the appearance of your smile and give you the confidence to change your life. Make an appointment at our offices today, call 903-708-6400.