Are you embarrassed by missing teeth? Naperville Family Dentists offers many restorative dental procedures to help improve the look and function of your teeth. We can help you get your confidence back with a healthy, functional, and natural-looking smile.
What is the Problem With Missing or Damaged Teeth?
Missing teeth can cause many problems, both aesthetic and functional. Some of these problems include:
Aesthetic Concerns: Missing teeth can make you look older and negatively affect your self-confidence.
Functional Problems: Missing teeth can make it difficult to speak clearly and make it difficult to chew correctly. Improper chewing can lead to problems with digestion.
Bone Loss: When teeth are missing, the bone that once supported those teeth begins to deteriorate. Deterioration can cause your face to change shape and lead to further tooth loss.
A damaged tooth can also negatively affect your oral health. If a tooth is cracked or chipped, it can become infected. An infection can lead to pain, swelling, and eventually, tooth loss.
What is Restorative Dentistry?
Restorative dentistry focuses on repairing or replacing damaged or missing teeth. Restorative dental procedures can range from simple dental fillings to complex dental implants. Our restorative services include:
- Dental Implants: Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss. They are titanium posts surgically placed into the jawbone and act as anchors for replacement teeth. Their titanium construction means they are biocompatible or that the body’s immune system does not reject them. Dental implants look and feel like your natural teeth and can last a lifetime with proper care. They can also help prevent jawbone loss associated with missing teeth.
- Tooth-Colored Fillings: Tooth-colored fillings are made of composite resin, a durable material that we can match to the color of your natural teeth. They are used to repair cavities and other minor damage. Many People might commonly think of silver fillings, but the tooth-colored composite resin is an improvement upon the traditional approach in both look and function. Unlike metal, the composite resin is flexible and adjusts along with your teeth’ natural expansion and contraction. The flexibility means less internal pressure on the tooth when you bite and chew.
- Inlays and Onlays: Inlays and onlays are made of porcelain or composite resin and are used to repair the damage that is too extensive for a tooth-colored filling but not severe enough for a dental crown. They are bonded to the tooth and can last for many years with proper care.
- Dental Crowns: A dental crown is a “cap” covering a damaged or decayed tooth. We use crowns to improve the appearance of teeth that are misshapen, discolored, or broken. They are made of porcelain or ceramic, and we can match the color of your natural teeth. Dental crowns are a permanent solution and can last a lifetime with proper care.
- Dental Bridges: A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance that replaces one or more missing teeth. Bridges are usually made of porcelain or ceramic and are held in place by dental crowns. They are matched to the color of your natural teeth to enhance your smile. They can also last for many years with proper care.
- Dentures: Dentures are removable appliances that replace missing teeth. They can be full or partial, custom-made to fit your mouth. Dentures are usually made of porcelain or acrylic and can look very natural. They can also help improve the function of your teeth by restoring chewing and speaking ability.
If you are interested in any of our restorative dental services, please call us at (630) 357-9850 to schedule an appointment.
Restoring Your Smile in Naperville, Illinois
Dr. Primiano and Dr. Mach can help you choose the best option for your individual needs, whether dental implants, bridges, or dentures. Our team will make sure you receive the highest quality care possible.
You’ll love our comfortable and convenient office location in Naperville. Our experienced team will make sure you feel at ease during your visit.
Please schedule a consultation with one of our dentists today.