Most people (unless they're incredibly lucky) will undergo at least one (usually more) restorative dental procedures at some point in time. From filling cavities to whitening stained and discolored teeth, restorative dental treatments like porcelain veneers, crowns and dental implants help to preserve oral health, and restore function and the cosmetic appearance of damaged teeth. The dentists at Dunkling & Penney Dentistry in Burlington and Jericho, VT offer comprehensive preventive and restorative dental services to help prevent the onset of tooth decay and gum disease, and to repair the damage if and when it occurs.
Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry in Burlington and Jericho
Accidents, sports injuries, normal wear and tear over time and poor oral hygiene are typically the main causes of dental trauma and decay. Even with modern technology and impressive advancements in dental procedures, the best medicine and recipe for a healthy, beautiful smile remains good old-fashioned prevention. Dentists recommend a thorough oral hygiene routine at home (don't forget the floss) and regular checks ups and professional cleanings, generally every six months.
But accidents and the effects of time and aging happen, even with the best precautions and dental care. The most common restorative dental procedures are:
Dental Implants - a complete tooth restoration consisting of a titanium biocompatible implant that replaces the root of the missing tooth, which fuses with the surrounding bone tissue in the gums. Once the implant heals, the cosmetic crown is attached to complete the restoration. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth or an entire set of dentures.
Porcelain Veneers - made of a razor thin layer of composite resin, which is bonded to the surface of the teeth, veneers are used to resize, reshape and whiten teeth.
Crowns and Bridges - a cap that is placed over a severely decayed or broken tooth to restore the function and cosmetic appearance, and to strengthen the remaining healthy portion of the tooth. Crowns can also replace missing teeth as part of a bridge. Caps are placed over the teeth on either side of the missing tooth (known as abutment teeth) to hold the replacement crown in place.
Bonding - similar to veneers, cosmetic bonding is used to correct minor cosmetic imperfections, to seal teeth after root canals and as an alternative to silver dental fillings.
Find a Dentist in Burlington and Jericho
Whether you are suffering from tooth loss or cosmetic damage to your teeth, there is a restorative dental procedure that is right for you. For more information, contact Dunkling & Penney Dentistry to schedule an appointment in Burlington or Jericho, VT today.