The teeth help us with some of our most important everyday routines, such as biting, chewing, talking, smiling, etc. Along with these functional aspects, they help to enhance the facial appearance by helping us put our best smile forward. Since the teeth are subjected to many external and internal factors, they can be regularly subjected to damage, wear, decay, discoloration, etc.
Restorative dentistry is a specialized branch of dental science that deals with restoring the shape, contour, color, and functionality of the teeth. We have different types of restorations that can be used to treat various conditions. Together, they improve the aesthetics of the teeth as well as their functionality.
Dentures are prosthetic teeth that restore a large number of missing teeth. Sometimes, a significantly large number of teeth may have to be removed due to issues such as external trauma, cavities, gum infections, etc. The best way to replace multiple teeth is by using dentures. They are ceramic teeth fixed to a base made from acrylic. The prosthetic teeth are made to perfectly match the color of the adjoining teeth and the acrylic will be gum-colored. This way, they look exactly like the natural oral setup.
Crowns are dental caps that entirely cover a tooth. They are used to restore teeth that are cracked, chipped, broken, misshapen, excessively spaced, weak, etc. A thin layer of enamel will be removed from the tooth and the crown will be placed on it. Using dental adhesives, the crown will be firmly fixed to the tooth surface. Since it is made from tooth-colored ceramic, it would look exactly like a natural tooth.
Bridges are ceramic restorations used to replace extracted teeth. They will be inserted in the place of the missing teeth and held firmly in position by crowns on either side. They are made from ceramic, which is how they can be customized to match the color, texture, and contour of the natural teeth. They effectively restore the biting and chewing ability.
Bonding involves the application of tooth-colored composite resin on the surface of misshapen, discolored or damaged teeth. The resin will be applied on the tooth surface in layers and hardened using a curing light. At the end of the procedure, the tooth contour will be perfectly restored along with getting rid of the surface imperfections such as chips and cracks.
Inlays and onlays
Inlays are customized restorations that are used to fill large cavities. They are an alternative to tooth fillings. First, a mold of the tooth requiring the inlay will be taken to fabricate the restoration. Once done, it will be placed in the cavity and firmly bonded using adhesives. Onlays are similar to inlays but are used to fix the cusps of teeth that have been severely worn out. They are popularly known as ‘half-crowns’ as they only cover the upper half of a tooth’s surface.
Working from the Bay Area for over a decade now, Dr. Browning is one of the most popular dentists in the region. Along with state-of-the-art-technology and a highly experienced team, his practice in Cupertino is a highly sought-after one by patients.
Call us at (408) 973 9600 or schedule an online appointment with Dr. Browning for a consultation at our office in Cupertino 95014.