At Premier Dental Care, we practice restorative dentistry with the understanding that your teeth are essential to the overall health of your mouth, jawbone and body. If you live in Washington, DC and damage your tooth, we encourage you to call our office at (202) 723-2400. Our goal will always be to determine the best way to save your natural tooth vs. having to pull it. The more extensive the damage is, or the more infected your tooth becomes, the more challenging it can be to save it, but our technology makes it possible if you visit our office quickly and don’t delay. Our staff is friendly and accommodating, and we will do whatever we can to get your appointment scheduled for a time that is convenient for you.
Restorative Dentistry for Kids
Most adults are familiar with restorative dentistry, but did you know it can also be used for children? If you have an elementary-age child or teenager, don’t forget that their permanent teeth are the only teeth that they will ever have. If they damage one while playing sports or swinging on the monkey bars, give us a call as soon as possible so we can try to restore the tooth. The sooner we can get to work the better — a quick response means a reduced risk of the site becoming infected or the damage spreading.
For younger kids, we typically recommend repairing a damaged tooth with a quick and noninvasive bonding procedure. It works by applying a tooth-colored material to the tooth, shaping it, and hardening it with a dental light. The results look natural, and your child will have a newly restored tooth in one visit. This is a painless procedure, which also makes it beneficial for both children and adults. The only challenge with bonding on young patients is that their teeth may continue to grow. If that happens, the restored tooth may appear shorter and need to be touched up when they become an adult. As experts in restorative dentistry, we can help them now and in the future. If someone in your family has a damaged tooth, give us a call at (202) 723-2400 so that we can restore it to full functionality.
Restorative Dentistry for Seniors
At Premier Dental Care, we have found that many seniors just assume that they will experience tooth loss and don’t attempt restorations when their teeth become damaged or infected. This is a mistake. Whenever possible, we recommend that you save your natural teeth — no matter how old they (or you) are. Restorative dentistry plays a critical role in the health of your mouth and jaw, and this is especially true for seniors. Most seniors, especially women, tend to experience some type of bone loss. The severity depends on a person’s health history, diet, and whether or not they exercise, and can lead to an increased risk of breaking bones, a loss of height and a change in appearance — especially the face.
Your natural teeth provide stimulation to your jawbone which means that every time that you bite down and chew, your bone is being utilized, and the body supports it. If you start to lose teeth, however, the body may stop supporting the jawbone in that particular area because the stimulation will be lost. When that happens, resorption starts to occur, and the body begins to take the calcium away from the jaw and feed it to other areas of the body. This can alter how a person appears and create an almost sunken-like appearance, making it beyond critical to save teeth whenever possible.
When we save a damaged or infected tooth, we are not only saving the tooth but also preserving the health and integrity of the jawbone and, therefore, your appearance. If you are a senior living in Washington, don’t take your teeth for granted. Call us at the first sign of damage or infection so that we can save your teeth and restore them to good health.
If you need an immediate restoration of a damaged tooth, the fastest procedure we offer is dental bonding because it can be completed in one visit. That said, it’s not the best solution for everyone. Another option is a veneer, which is a thin shell placed on the surface of your tooth to correct a chip or crack. Another solution is a crown, which surrounds your tooth like a cap and is more effective if there is extensive damage or a loss of enamel.
While both require two visits to our dental office, we use a two-step process to ensure that you have both a temporary and permanent solution for restoring your damaged tooth. On your first visit, we can provide you with a temporary veneer or crown so that your smile is restored and you can begin to eat soft foods again. After the second visit, where your permanent veneer or crown is placed, you will be able to eat all types of food again without fear of discomfort.
Natural Looking Restorative Dentistry
At Premier Dental Care, we practice natural looking restorative dentistry. Whether you have a tooth that is damaged or infected, we can restore it using a variety of tooth-colored materials that can be matched to the shade of your surrounding teeth. Once they’re in place, they will appear natural and blend in with your surrounding teeth. We use this approach for fillings, bonding procedures, veneers, crowns, bridges and implants to ensure that your restoration looks identical to your surrounding natural teeth.
How long will my restorations last?
The answer to this question is highly dependent upon the patient, but we’ve found that the dental restorations we perform on patients throughout the Washington area can last anywhere from 5 years to a lifetime. For longer-lasting results, a restored tooth needs to be treated and protected like a natural tooth — continued brushing and flossing, not eating or biting down on anything inedible, avoid grinding your teeth, and so on. If you practice good at-home care and have regular dental checkups, you may be wearing your restoration for 20 years or more. For more information about restorative dentistry, or to schedule an appointment with our 20012 dentist office, call (202) 723-2400.