Have you recently lost a tooth?

If you have recently lost a tooth due to an accident or natural causes, it’s understandable for you to feel insecure, especially if you have lost one of your front teeth. There are also dental implications which can develop as a result of having a missing tooth, which is why it is important to have dental treatment to replace your missing tooth and restore your smile. If you are someone who has either lost a tooth because of accident and injury, or due to natural causes, by visiting a dental practice,  an experienced dental practice will be able to provide you with advice and offer you ways to replace your tooth using treatments within restorative dentistry such as dental implants in Plymouth

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An introduction to restorative dentistry

Restorative dentistry is the area of dentistry that focuses on replacing teeth that have either been damaged or missing using dental treatment resulting in a restored smile. Many dental professionals are experienced in providing high quality restorative dental treatment with the aim of bringing back your natural smile and reducing the risk of you developing any future issues with your oral health such as plaque build-up or gum disease. 

Some common types of restorative dental treatments that can help to restore your smile include fillings, crowns and bridges.

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If you have a cavity which is causing you dental issues such as teeth sensitivity, a dentist will recommend that you have filling. The dentist will remove any decay you may have before filling your tooth with a composite resin. 

Another form of restorative treatment which is used to strengthen and protect a tooth that has been damaged and is weak is a crown. Crowns are essentially a type of cap which is made to cover a patient’s tooth and can be made from either metal, stainless steel, resin or porcelain. Depending on the type of damage you may have, the dentist will offer you the most suitable crown. 

For those who are missing a tooth or several teeth however, an restorative dental treatment option which may be recommended are dentures. Made of either acrylic, nylon or metal.  Dentures are removable false teeth that can replace missing teeth. There is an option to have partial dentures to replace either one or a few missing teeth, or complete dentures for those who have lost the majority of their teeth. Given that dentures are removable, you may find them a bit uncomfortable at first, however you will soon get used to wearing them daily. You are also able to maintain good dental hygiene by removing the dentures to brush your remaining teeth twice a day and you are also able to brush your dentures to remove any food deposits of plaque. 

If you do not like the sound of removable dentures, there is another more permanent solution to replace your teeth, which is dental implants in Plymouth. 

Restoring your smile 
A secure and long-lasting method to replace a missing tooth, dental implants in Plymouth are made of a titanium screw that is inserted into the jawbone where your tooth should be and a crown which is made to look like the rest of your teeth is placed on top of the screw. This procedure is usually carried over two dental appointments and the result of this treatment is a natural smile that feels comfortable and secure.