Traditional dental surgery consisted of surgeries relating to a defect on your gums, teeth or jaw bone. Corrective surgery to enhance your appearance was rarely performed except for the wealthiest in society. Nowadays, you can go to the dentist to perform plastic surgery and to correct various defects such as misaligned teeth, treat tooth discoloration and correct a misaligned jaw, among other cosmetic surgeries. One of the most performed surgeries includes restorative operations that target to replace teeth with defects. All procedures performed on defective teeth fall under corrective surgeries. These surgeries include crowning, implants, fillings, and bridges. Sterling restorative dentistry helps to restore your natural smile and give you the confidence you need to lead a happy and healthy lifestyle.
Reasons for Restorative Surgery
When you have empty spaces within your dentition, it may cause misalignment of your teeth. When you fill those empty spaces with a filling, it helps to align the teeth. Some of your teeth may fall off from accidents or tooth extraction. The space created may serve as a hub for food particles to gather and compact. The compacted food particles form a plaque that becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. Having bacteria in your mouth exposes many oral health complications such as infections to the gums, teeth, and jaw bone. The corrective measures for such complications may cost you both money and time. Replacing an extracted tooth helps to prevent the development of such difficulties and maintain your oral hygiene.
You may have cracked your tooth, experienced trauma to your mouth by accident, or may have developed cavities on your teeth. Exposing the inner parts of your tooth when it breaks may cause immense pain from exposure of the internal tissues and cause high sensitivity. The cavities that form from bacteria forming holes in the enamel may advance if left untreated and may lead to needing the tooth extracted due to excruciating pain from tooth sensitivity. Crowning helps to cover the cracked tooth and hide the cavities. The process involves the forming of a cap that exactly fits on the broken tooth or teeth with cavities. This prevents further cavities and protects your cracked tooth from sensitivity.
When you have spaces between your teeth, it may cause your teeth to misalign. The bridges anchor the artificial teeth between two crowns, while the artificial teeth fill the gaps in your dentition. The number of artificial teeth used between the anchors depends on the size of the gap between your teeth.
Dental implants serve a similar purpose to bridging. It involves the fixing of an artificial tooth in place of a lost or missing tooth. The difference with bridging lies in the procedure of filling the missing tooth. Dental implants consist of having a metal anchor drilled into the jawbone. It serves as the resting place of the artificial tooth. The artificial tooth is then anchored on the metal anchor to replace the missing tooth.
After undergoing restorative surgery, give yourself time to heal before resuming routine diets. When you recover, you can use a toothbrush and preferably an electric toothbrush to clean your teeth and get rid of plaque. Use dental floss to remove stubborn food particles that compact to form plaque. When plaque form, the use of mouthwash helps to fight the bacteria formed.