Dental Restoration: Treatments and Benefits

A woman receiving dental restoration in a dental chair
Patients undergo dental restoration treatment

If you are self-conscious about the way your teeth look, dental restoration might be the answer. Broken or missing teeth are often the cause of stress and anxiety. It makes it hard to smile when you would like to. We want to help take that insecurity away and be confident in your smile. Smiling helps you to feel happy and can also help you to get ahead in life, including your professional life. In this post, we talk about different dental restoration treatments and their benefits that can turn your life around in a positive way, so keep reading. But first, lets talk about the dentist that makes the magic happen.

About Dr. Rinaldi

Dr. Rinaldi is a highly sought-after cosmetic dentist. With over 30 years in the field and over 30,000 dental veneers placed, he is often referred to as one of the pioneers of cosmetic dentistry. He specializes in all areas of cosmetic dentistry as well as full mouth reconstruction and dental restoration. Dr. Rinaldi is a legend in the dental community, making Rinaldi Dental Arts one of the best cosmetic dental practices in the Washington DC area.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

You may have had a filling at some point in your life. Perhaps when you were younger if not recently. They are a fairly common procedure that doesn’t take long and will last a long time. Fillings repair small cavities and tooth-colored fillings have the best appearance. Because it is tooth-color, no one but you and Dr. Rinaldi will know that you have fillings. They blend in so well with the teeth around them that you can feel free to smile and laugh as you always have.

Inlays and Onlays

dental inlays and onlays 3D rendering.Inlays and onlays are similar to fillings but replace a larger area of tooth decay. Dr. Rinaldi must shape the inlay or onlay to the exact shape of the decayed area and seal it in place.

An inlay fills areas of inner tooth decay that is between the cusps. An onlay replaced a larger area of decay of one or more cusps. Both inlays and onlays look best when made with tooth-colored porcelain or composite resin, but they can also be of gold or metal amalgam.

Dental Crowns

Broken or damaged teeth should be repaired quickly, otherwise, they may need to be pulled. A common repair option is to replace the top of the tooth with a dental crown. A crown is essentially a cap that is fitted and fused over the tooth. They look as real and natural as your other teeth so that nobody knows you have had dental treatment.

Crowns protect and prevent any further damage to the tooth. For example, the placement of a crown can save a tooth or teeth with extensive wear. If there is significant damage to a tooth, but not so much that the tooth needs extraction, a crown can save the tooth. The last thing you or Dr. Rinaldi wants is to lose a tooth for any reason. It is also better to save the tooth if at all possible.

Aside from saving a tooth and maintain your oral health, a damaged tooth can impact your self-confidence. A crown can help you regain your confidence. Dental crowns, fillings, inlays, and onlay are the most common types of dental restoration. Now let’s talk about some of the more advanced restoration treatments.

Dental Implants

3d model of dental implants and dental bridges scaledThe advancements in dental implants have made dental implants the perfect solution to missing teeth. The implant acts as the root of a tooth and the crown looks, feels, and functions exactly like a natural tooth.

Dental implants are the ideal solution to missing teeth because they provide support to the other teeth, prevent bone deterioration, and allow the full function of your mouth.

A dental implant is fused to your jaw bone to anchor it in place and can last a lifetime with proper care. The only condition necessary to receive dental implants is to have enough healthy gums and enough bone to secure the implant. If there is not enough bone, various types of bone grafts can remedy the problem.

Dental Bridges

3D illustration of a dental bridge

If you are missing teeth and do not want or not suited to have a dental implant, a dental bridge might be something to consider. A bridge is a type of dental restoration to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge fills in the gap with artificial teeth but, unlike dental implants, the artificial teeth anchor to the natural teeth on either side of it. For a dental bridge to be successful, the anchor teeth must be healthy and stable.

The downside of a dental bridge is the reshaping of the healthy teeth on either side of the gap in preparation to receive a crown. The crown is what anchors the dental bridge in place.

Dentures

Dentures are another dental restoration treatment when many or all teeth are missing or need removal. You can receive dentures as either partial or a full set. Some are removable and others have dental implants to anchor them in place. Dr. Rinaldi will educate you on the pros and cons of each type of dentures and give you his recommendations.

Dentures allow you to smile, speak, and chew more confidently. The types of dentures you receive determine how to care for them and how long they last.

Feel More Confident

If you want to feel more confident about your teeth and oral health, dental restoration has many solutions. Instead of being worried about what people see when you smile, you feel confident. You will also regain the full function of your mouth that may have been lost for a while.

If dental restoration is what it takes to give you confidence in your smile, embrace it. We are here to help you and are able to provide many solutions to your oral health and appearance. Feel free to ask us your questions and discuss the entire process with you. We want you to feel comfortable with the dental restoration solution you choose. Our team is fantastic at supplying information and supporting those who are a little nervous!

We hope that you have found this article helpful, and understand more about dental restoration treatments and their benefits. Each solution has its own benefits, so it will depend on what the problem is as to which solution will be best for you.

Give yourself the chance to smile again without worry. Rinaldi Dental Arts is dedicated to providing you with the best in dental restoration and patient care. Schedule an appointment today.