Dental restorations keep your smile whole, healthy and attractive. Dr. Annette Middelhof of Enchanting Dentistry in Plantation, FL, explain how three common restorations, dental implants, veneers and root canals, can help you.
Missing teeth cause a drastic change in your appearance, but that's not the only negative effect of tooth loss. Eventually your other teeth may shift and become crooked, plus the loss of one or more teeth can cause your jawbone to recede. Dental implants prevent these unpleasant consequences and offer benefits that no other restoration method does.
Titanium dental implants are firmly rooted in your jawbone during a process called osseointegration. During the process, your new implant fuses to the bone, creating a stable anchor for the crown that will be attached to the top of the implant. Thanks to the secure foundation the implant provides, your new tooth won't slip when you eat and will feel completely natural.
Have you ever had to deal with a water stain on a wall? Covering the stain with a coat of paint or a layer of wainscoting probably helped hide the darkened area from view. Veneers work much the same way. When the thin porcelain shells are applied to your teeth, they hide cracks, chips and discolored areas, and even eliminate gaps between teeth. They are also use to lengthen teeth and offer a long-lasting alternative to teeth whitening treatments.
Root canals restore teeth when the pulp in the center becomes inflamed or infected. During a root canal procedure at our Plantation office, the pulp is removed after an opening is made in the tooth. Following pulp removal, the center of the tooth and the root canals are cleaned and shaped with a tiny file. Adding gutta percha or another flexible filling material to the tooth seals it and prevents further problems. In most cases, you'll also need a crown to protect the tooth from cracking or splitting. Root canals may be needed if you've injured your tooth, have extensive decay, have had several dental procedure on the tooth or develop a dental abscess.
Restorative dental procedures can help you strengthen and improve your smile. Call Dr. Middelhof of Enchanting Dentistry in Plantation, FL, at (954) 336-8478 to schedule an appointment if you're interested in a dental restoration.