Restoring Dental Health in Baton Rouge
While routine dental care can help reduce dental decay and improve oral health, accidents, disease, and infection still happen. Our compassionate team at Owens Family Dental is dedicated to helping correct dental problems and encourage long-lasting oral health with comprehensive dentistry and top-quality dental restorations.
From replacing missing teeth to repairing structural damage, our restorative treatments offer tailored services for the whole family. Contact our Baton Rouge dental practice today to achieve the healthy, beautiful, and functional smiles you deserve.
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Discover the Many Ways Restorative Dentistry Can Renew Your Smile!
Restorative dentistry is studying, diagnosing, and managing the healthy and functional treatment of teeth and gums. Services also include cosmetic touches to ensure your smile’s aesthetics once your teeth are restored. We provide the following treatment options:
Some examples of how restorative dental care can greatly improve your smile include:
- Repairing dental damage from trauma, decay, and disease
- Restoring comfort, proper chewing, and speaking
- Replacing missing teeth from root to crown
- Correcting space issues
- Reliving dental pain or discomfort
Not Sure if Restorative Dentistry is Right for You? Keep Reading!
The main reason for getting a dental restoration is to improve your oral health. If teeth have been lost or damaged, it affects your ability to chew food properly and can affect your digestion and nutrient absorption. Missing or severely damaged teeth may also burden any remaining teeth or cause them to shift. Tooth loss can lead to gaps and weakening of the jaw bone, leading to a prematurely-aged appearance. Restorative options fill unwanted gaps, improve the appearance of damaged teeth, and provide essential stimulation to the jaw so that you can enjoy a healthy, functional smile once more.
How Will I Know If I Need Restorative Dentistry?
There are many reasons why you’d need restorative care; they often include:
An accident or injury
Sports injuries, car accidents, falling down, or other accidents can result in harm such as chips, cracks, fractures, broken enamel, or even teeth loss. Replacing lost teeth can stop adjacent teeth from moving into the gap, allow for effective chewing, and strengthen jawbone density and facial characteristics.
Results from poor diet and/or oral hygiene
Issues like tooth decay and cavities can be the result of surgery foods and drinks as well as inconsistent oral hygiene. Removing damage and decay will prevent further dental harm and help you maintain the natural structure of your tooth.
Pain and damage from dental cracks, fractures, and/or gum disease
Tooth decay, gum disease, broken or chipped teeth can leave nerves exposed, increase the risk of infection, and contribute to toothache pain.
Even if you know you have slight chips or cracks to a tooth, it’s always a good idea to have minimal damage repaired before it has the chance to evolve into a severe issue. When you take care of small problems, you will save both time and money. A small filling is a lot less expensive than a root canal that requires a full crown restoration. Take the time to take care of your smile, and you will be glad you did.
Dental Fillings, Inlays & Onlays
Fillings, inlays, and onlays are restorations used to repair rear teeth that are not damaged enough to need a crown. These treatments can help save the original tooth structure and are the least expensive restorative options.
To effectively treat cavities and decay, our team will remove a small portion of the tooth and then "fill" it with an amalgam or composite material in the area. Fillings are also used for repairing small cracks or worn-down areas of dentition.
What If I’ve Lost a Tooth or Have Missing Teeth?
Every tooth in your smile is essential, helping you to chew, grind food, talk plainly, and express yourself. In your facial structure and appearance, your teeth also play a main role. Not replacing even a single tooth can cause negative impacts to your dental and overall health.
Our dental team provides the following restorations for rejuvenating your smile after tooth loss:
With dental implants, we use crowns, bridges, partials, and dentures as a permanent way to replace missing teeth completely.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of biocompatible titanium, which fuse with living tissue and bone when surgically inserted into the jawbone. Since implants replace the tooth from root to crown, they are a complete restorative option.
Dental implants are made up of three vital components, the titanium post, the abutment or "connector" responsible for linking your restoration to the post and the final crown, or cap connected to the implant. The implant post provides a synthetic root system that is resistant to infection and provides the most dependable solution for tooth loss.
Dental implants are a popular and lasting way to improve the stability of your smile after tooth loss. Once surgically inserted into your jawbone, implants can act just as well as natural tooth roots, delivering numerous benefits, including:
- Restore essential stimulation to your jawbone
- Help preserve facial features and bone structure
- Improve chewing, which encourages proper digestion
- Fill empty spaces to keep neighboring teeth in place
- Provide discrete and natural-looking results and function
If you are in good oral and overall health and your jawbone has sufficient strength and volume, chances are you will be an ideal candidate for dental implant placement. Dental implants can help you regain the ability to eat normally and smile with confidence.
Have More Questions About Dental Implants? Ask Us!
When visiting our office for dental implant treatment, we recommend asking as many questions as possible. This helps give you a better understanding of potential treatment options and helps you feel more confident about your care.
Below are six of the most common questions our team receives about dental implants:
- Does insurance cover dental implants?
- Are there alternatives other than dental implants that can restore my smile?
- Is it better to get implants if I already have dentures?
- While waiting for an implant, can I get a temporary tooth?
- How long do I have to wait to get my implant placed?
- How much do dental implants cost?
Our team is happy to address all your questions about our dental implant choices and help determine if this is the best treatment for your dental well-being. It is important to have a complete exam before deciding, then work with us to map out each step of the procedure. We can work around your schedule and your finances to help you get the best treatment at an affordable price.
Restoring Teeth After Trauma, Decay, and Infection with Crowns
Crowns may be necessary to restore teeth that over time, have become less structurally sound. Crowns are life-like prosthetics used to enclose the top portion of the tooth, improving its appearance and protecting the internal structure of your tooth.
Crowns are very versatile, meaning, they can be used alone or in combination with various treatments, like dental implants and root canal therapy. Crowns are usually made of porcelain to ensure long-lasting protection and natural-looking aesthetics.
At Owens Family Dental, we provide CEREC technology crowns made of the highest quality and fabricated in our office during the same visit. Your custom crown will match the size, shape, and color or your natural teeth and don’t require special care. If you brush and floss daily and come in for a professional cleaning and exam twice a year, your restoration will last for many years.
Caring for Your Smile
To prevent damaging your restorations, avoid chewy or sticky foods for the first 24 hours after treatment. When you help keep dental plaque and bacteria under control and your mouth clean with consistent oral hygiene, this significantly helps your dental restorations remain long-lasting and beautiful. Additional cleaning tools like a water flosser or dental pick can help reach into tight spaces around a crown and help keep the area completely clean.
Renew Your Smile with Restorative Dentistry
Our goal is to provide you with dental restorations that are undetectable and function as naturally as possible. Drs. Reid, Stacey, and Richard Owens can help you choose the best restorative options to improve your dental health and beauty. Contact our Baton Rouge dental office today to restore your smile and improve your life!
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