Orange City and Deltona, FL
When you lose a permanent tooth, it affects your ability to chew and also leaves a hole in your smile that may leave you feeling self-conscious. Despite these consequences, as well as the inevitable deterioration of the supporting bone structure that occurs after tooth loss, the majority of Americans are living with tooth loss. In fact, according to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 69 percent of individuals in the United States have lost at least one permanent tooth. By the age of 50, that number explodes to 12 lost teeth, on average, although that figure also includes extracted wisdom teeth.
Luckily, thanks to advances in dental science, replacing lost teeth in Orange City and restoring your smile is easier than ever through restorative dentistry. At Terry Soule, DDS, we offer a wide array of different treatment options in the area of restorative dentistry. Any of these procedures, or any combination of them, can be used to restore the form and function of your smile.
What is restorative dentistry?
Restorative dentistry refers to the category of treatments that use prosthetics to replace lost teeth, restoring the appearance of the missing teeth as well as their proper function. Dr. Soule also may use restorative procedures that can be used to repair existing teeth that are cracked, chipped, discolored or damaged by decay or injury.
Terry Soule, DDS, offers the following restorative dental services:
Used to repair small or intermediate cavities, fillings have been a tried-and-true part of dentistry for decades. Your Deltona restorative dentist Dr. Terry Soule offers traditional fillings made of amalgam, as well as tooth-colored fillings made of a composite material that blend seamlessly with your teeth.
Having a crown installed can preserve a tooth that has been seriously damaged due to injury or decay. The office of Terry Soule, DDS, uses crowns made with dental porcelain, a beautiful and durable material that can be matched to the shade of your other adjacent teeth and also has the same light-reflecting quality of tooth enamel.
When damage or tooth decay invades the interior structure of a tooth, which compromises the tooth’s nerve, a root canal can be performed to remove the tooth’s pulp or nerve and blood supply to prevent tooth loss. This procedure involves removing the infected tissue, sealing the root’s canals and then placing a crown on top of the tooth.
A classic choice to replace lost teeth, a denture is a removable appliance that has replacement teeth affixed to it. Dental science has upgraded the quality of dentures available, which look and feel more like real teeth and provide you with greater chewing ability. For additional stability, Dr. Soule can install dentures that are supported by dental implants.
Used to replace multiple lost teeth that do not have to be adjacent to one another, but do reside on the same dental arch, a partial denture represents a cost-effective tooth replacement option that often can be held in place by existing natural teeth to improve its stability.
A fixed dental bridge literally fills the gap created by lost teeth in the mouth. Bridges are known for their comfort, convenience, and relatively low cost when considering that a well-maintained dental bridge will remain effective for at least a decade.
Considered the finest tooth replacement option available in restorative dentistry today, an implant is virtually permanent, extremely durable, and is topped with a crown that looks identical to your other healthy teeth. The implant screw itself is the greatest advantage here; surgically inserted into the jawbone, this implant provides an extremely stable anchor for the crown and also provides the stimulation to the bone structure that previously was provided by the tooth root.
A more cost-effective alternative to traditional implants, mini implants work the same way as regular dental implants but are about half the size. Because of their smaller size, mini implants can be installed more quickly in a much less intensive procedure without a lengthy healing process.
A treatment recommended for children who lose a baby tooth too early, space maintainers can be installed if your child loses a tooth before the permanent tooth is ready to erupt for the gum line. Placing a space maintainer prevents any shifting by the other baby teeth, which can cause an impaction when the permanent tooth does emerge.
Restoring Smiles in Orange City
You no longer have to live with tooth loss, or with teeth that have been damaged due to decay or injury. To find out more about any of the above restorative dental procedures, contact the office of Terry Soule, DDS, by calling (321) 233-2213 to schedule an appointment.