Reconstructive Dentistry Grapevine
Reconstructive dentistry is the type of dentistry that works to restore teeth that have suffered damage due to decay or injury. It sits somewhere between general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry and combines elements of each. At Grapevine Dental Care, we can restore anything from a minor chipped tooth to the loss of many or all of your natural teeth. We also offer multiple options for each restoration, so that you can get the right treatment for you.
Reconstructive Dentistry for Tooth Decay
Tooth decay is probably the most common reason why people need reconstructive dentistry. Acid secretions from parasitic bacteria in your mouth can erode your dental enamel, resulting in cavities. Cavities are usually treated first with tooth-colored fillings, either composite fillings or porcelain inlays or onlays.
When tooth decay becomes serious enough that it either weakens the tooth or compromises the tooth pulp, requiring a root canal (endodontic procedure), then a dental crown may be recommended to protect and strengthen the tooth.
If you are concerned about your risk of tooth loss, these questions can help you understand some of the factors that contribute to that risk.
Reconstructive Dentistry for Tooth Trauma: Chips, Cracks, and Breaks
Another common reason people look for reconstructive dentistry is if you suffer traumatic damage to your teeth. Small chips are common, and can be corrected either with dental bonding or with porcelain veneers.
Cracks or breaks that compromise your tooth pulp or weaken your tooth may require a dental crown to correct.
Reconstructive Dentistry for Poor Dental Work
If you have had poor quality dental work performed in the past, you may need reconstructive dental work. Sometimes the previous work has failed and now needs to be replaced. Other times, the dental work may have resulted in a poor fit with your opposing teeth, which can lead to damage and may require reconstruction.
We can help you correct this previous dental work, and our understanding of neuromuscular dentistry means you will get a better fit and function with your dental work.
Replacing Lost Teeth
If you have lost one or more teeth, reconstructive dentistry offers numerous options. If you have lost one tooth, a dental bridge or dental implant offers a fully fixed replacement that allows you to enjoy all your favorite foods without worry. In addition, a partial denture can be used.
If you have lost or are facing the loss of all your teeth, the Denture Fountain of Youth® offers a great replacement option. With greater fit and function than traditional dentures, they let you eat your favorite foods and smile and speak with confidence. They even improve your facial appearance.
We also offer implant-secure dentures that may be a better choice for you, depending on your oral health, cosmetic desires, and functional goals.