Restorative Dentistry Huntersville, NC
Restorative Dentistry Solutions
At Lake Norman Dentistry, we understand how essential your teeth are to the overall health of your mouth, jawbone, and body, so we seek to restore and preserve your teeth whenever possible. Dr. Guice will conduct a thorough examination to determine the best way to save your natural teeth and restore your smile to full functionality. If you’re living with missing or decayed teeth, prompt restorative care can prevent lifelong damage, lower your risk for other conditions, and preserve your smile.
At Lake Norman Dentistry, we provide natural-looking restorations that can return health and function to your smile. Missing teeth or untreated tooth decay do more than affect your self-image and confidence in social situations. These issues can lead to serious health issues including gum disease which, if not addressed, can put you at risk of infections, diabetes, and heart disease.
Whether you have a tooth that’s damaged or infected, we can restore it using tooth-colored materials that match the shade of your surrounding teeth. This way, once placed, they’ll appear natural and blend in with your smile.
No matter which restorative procedure Dr. Guice determines is best, we’ll work to ensure that your restoration matches your natural teeth and supports your oral health.
Dental fillings are widely used and recommended for treating cavities. Cavities are holes in teeth that are caused by bacterial decay. Dr. Guice will first clean your teeth thoroughly before filling in the cavity with a tooth-colored filling in order to protect the inner parts of your teeth and prevent further decay or damage.
Dental Crowns and Bridges
If you have more serious tooth decay or are missing teeth, Dr. Guice may recommend a dental crown or dental bridge as the best restorative option for you.
Dental crowns are an excellent restorative solution in the form of a tooth-shaped ceramic cap. We create dental crowns after taking accurate impressions of the teeth and customize each restoration for a perfect fit. After customization, the crown will blend in with your surrounding teeth and prevent anything from directly touching the affected tooth.
If you’re missing one or several teeth, dental bridges can be an ideal solution for replacing them. For this procedure to work, you need to have remaining healthy teeth that can serve as anchors for the bridge. Dr. Guice will secure a dental bridge by placing dental crowns on the two teeth surrounding the missing ones. These crowns hold the bridge in place and provide support.
Dentures are an affordable and easy way to address any number of missing teeth without a procedure. They are a set of prosthetic teeth that are natural-looking, removable, and are customized to fit comfortably. Dr. Guice may recommend a partial or full denture depending on your unique restoration needs.
At Lake Norman Dentistry, we often discuss the benefits of dental implants with our patients. For the best results, it's important to deal with tooth loss as soon as possible. After losing a tooth, the jawbone will no longer receive stimulation from that area and may begin to deteriorate. Dental implants are the best solution for preventing jawbone loss since an implant replaces both the tooth and root.
In this procedure, Dr. Guice will implant a titanium rod under the gums and secure it to the jawbone. The bone and metal fuse together through a process called osseointegration. Once the process is complete, we can secure an artificial tooth to the post. The result is a restoration that looks, feels, and behaves entirely natural.
Restorative Dentistry For the Whole Family
At Lake Norman Dentistry, we treat patients of all ages because restorative dentistry plays a critical role in the overall health of your mouth and jaw. In younger patients, tooth decay can result in premature baby tooth loss and the need for costly dental implants. For seniors, missing teeth can result in excess bone loss and affect their facial structure.
Restorative Dentistry For Seniors
We have found that many seniors assume that they won’t experience tooth loss and don’t pursue restorations when their teeth become damaged or infected.
Most seniors, especially women, tend to experience some type of bone loss; the severity of which is highly dependent on a persons' health history, diet, and whether or not they exercise. Bone loss can lead to an increased risk of breaking bones, a loss of height, and a change in appearance.
This is particularly true when it comes to your facial appearance. Your natural teeth provide stimulation to your jawbone. Every time that you bite down and chew, your bone is being utilized, and the body supports it as such. If you start to lose teeth, the body may stop supporting the jawbone in a particular area because the stimulation has ceased.
Resorption starts to occur, a process in which the body begins to take the calcium away from the jaw and feed it to other areas of the body. This can alter a person’s looks and create a sunken appearance.
We encourage patients to address damaged or infected teeth as early as possible so that we can preserve as much of their natural smile as possible, avoid tooth loss, and prevent further damages from occurring.
Restorative Dentistry for Kids
While most adults are familiar with restorative dentistry, these solutions are also available for kids. If you have a child or teenager, remember that their permanent teeth are the last natural teeth they’ll have. If they damage one while playing sports or swinging on the monkey bars, give us a call. If we can correct the damage quickly, there is a reduced risk of the site becoming infected or the damage spreading.
With younger children, we typically recommend a dental bonding procedure because we can complete it quickly, without the need for more invasive care. With bonding, a tooth-colored composite material is applied to the tooth and shaped. Once it looks perfect, we’ll use a dental light to harden it. The results look natural, and your child will have a newly restored tooth in one visit. This is a painless procedure that can benefit both children and adults.
One challenge to be aware of is that a child’s teeth may continue to grow and a restored tooth may appear shorter and need to be touched up later in life.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How long will my restorations last?
We treat patients throughout the Huntersville area and find that dental restorations can last anywhere from five years to a lifetime. This is highly dependent upon the patient’s behavior and the type of restoration. A restored tooth needs to be treated and protected like a natural tooth. You must continue to brush and floss, not eat or bite down on anything inedible, avoid grinding your teeth, etc. If you maintain these habits and have regular dental checkups, your restoration can last for twenty years or more.
How soon can my teeth be fixed?
If you’ve damaged a tooth, prompt restorative care is crucial to ensure optimal outcomes. Dr. Guice will determine the appropriate course of action, from rapid care with dental bonding to more involved treatments like dental implants. In case of a dental health crisis, we provide emergency dental care so you can be protected no matter what.
Restore Your Smile with Dr. Guice
If you live in Huntersville, NC, and suffer from damaged or missing teeth, we encourage you to call our office at (704) 895-3858. In less time than you might think, Dr. Guice could have you sharing your complete, confident smile with the world again.
If you live in the Huntersville area, call (704) 895-3858 to schedule your dental exam so that you can remain in good health or receive treatment for a current condition.
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Definition of Dental Terminology
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the function) of a person’s teeth, gums and/or bite.
- Tooth decay is when the enamel of the tooth begins to decay and cause erosion from plaque and tartar on the teeth.
- Dental Caries
- Dental caries is also known as cavities and result from a lack of proper oral hygiene leaving plaque that forms tiny holes in the teeth.
- Dental Checkup
- A dental checkup is an appointment that involves cleaning the teeth, identifying any signs of infection and removing said signs of infection at least once every six months in the office.
- Dental Filling
- A dental filling involves restoring the structure of the tooth by using metal, alloy, porcelain or plastic to fill the tooth.
- Dental Prophylaxis
- A dental prophylaxis is a professional and detailed cleaning that involves the removal of plaque, calculus and stains from the teeth.
- Dental Sealants
- Dental sealants contain a resinous material that we apply to the chewing surfaces of the posterior teeth to prevent dental caries.
- A dentist, also known as a dental surgeon, is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity.
- Gingivitis is the inflammation of gum tissue that results from plaque, other infections in the mouth and poor oral hygiene.
- Preventive Dentistry
- Preventive dentistry is the dentistry that focuses on maintaining oral health in order to prevent the spread of plaque, the formation of tartar and infections in the mouth.
- Tartar forms when plaque builds up on the surface of the teeth and calcifies into a hard surface that is much more difficult to remove and will require professional treatment.
- Tooth Enamel
- Tooth enamel is the protective visible outer surface of a tooth that contains the dentin and dental pulp.
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