Your teeth and gums perform important functions that have an effect on other parts of your body. A growing body of evidence shows that oral health is related to systemic health, which means it’s more important than ever to keep your mouth functioning properly. That is why Dr. Fink and Dr. Antosek educate our patients on the importance of maintaining their oral health, and why we offer a variety of restorative dental treatments designed to restore form, function and health to your mouth.
Restorative dentistry eliminates dental pain caused by badly damaged or missing teeth by providing a permanent solution. Restorative dentistry also promotes overall oral health by protecting your dental structure.
In restoring form and function to your mouth, we also keep aesthetics in mind. Our goal is to make sure your teeth look good in addition to functioning as intended. Following are restorative treatments that we offer.
Fillings Teeth that are damaged by decay can be restored to proper function with amalgam fillings or dental fillings that match your natural tooth color.
Crowns Teeth that are severely damaged can be preserved by capping them with a durable crown to restore the tooth’s appearance and function.
Bridges If you are missing one or more teeth near each other, they can be restored using a bridge. A bridge contains two crowns that fit over the natural teeth on either side of the space caused by the missing tooth. A prosthetic tooth fills the space.
Dental implants Dental implants are the closest you can get to a natural tooth. This permanent restoration looks, feels and functions just like your real teeth. The process begins by having an implant placed into your jawbone to act as the tooth root. Then an abutment is placed onto the implant. Finally, a crown is fabricated and secured to the abutment. You can brush and floss restored implants just like you do your natural teeth.
We often get this question. Your teeth serve several important functions. They enable you to chew your food properly so that you can digest it and obtain all of its beneficial nutrients.
They also support each other and help maintain proper positioning. Losing a lower molar and not replacing it can cause the opposing molar in your upper jaw to erupt farther than it should, or allow the neighboring teeth on either side of the gap to drift into the space and bring your teeth out of alignment. All of these changes alter your bite and can lead to abnormal tooth wear, unnatural forces to be applied to teeth, and the inability to chew foods properly.
Your teeth also support your lips and cheeks, as well as keep your jawbone healthy. When you lose a tooth and don’t replace it, a message is sent to your jawbone that its job is done.