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Restorative dentistry has brought life back into so many smiles. If you feel that yours isn’t living up to its full potential, it’s time to find the right solution. Problem is, what’s “right” for one patient isn’t necessarily the best choice for another. Deciding on the appropriate treatment path requires time, thought, and the aid of a talented dentist. We’re ready to help you get started with the process. Within a few months, you could have a dazzling, new smile in place, and enjoy the confidence and capability that follows.
Which Dental Restoration Is Right For My Mouth?
It’s time to ask yourself a few questions. Don’t worry, we’re not going to make you get too philosophical – but in order to determine the correct restorative path, you’ll need to identify your dental priorities. Of course, Dr. Baudean will help you arrive at the final conclusion, but knowing what it is that you want will help you take an active role in the dental process (and end up with results you truly love).
- Are you looking for a fixed or removable restoration? If you’re replacing one or more teeth, you may be debating the merits of fixed (permanent) restorations like bridges, implants, and crowns, versus removable restorations (e.g. partial and full dentures). Which one is more in line with your needs and lifestyle? Patients hoping for entirely natural-looking restorations will benefit from fixed restorations, while those hoping for super easy cleaning and maintenance may prefer removable dentures.
- Seeking to preserve your facial structure? From the moment you lose teeth, the jaw bone that connected to the tooth roots slowly begins to resorb, dissolving away. This loss of bone leads to a change in facial structure, hastening the aging process. If you would like to retain your bone density and aspects of your appearance, dental implants are a great plan. These reach below the gum line for comprehensive tooth replacement.
- Don’t mind replacing tooth structure solely above the gum line? If you’re not looking to support your jaw bones, then you don’t need to go through the steps of implant surgery (which can take some time and energy). You’ll be able to replace a single missing tooth with a bridge, two crowns connected to a false tooth. The aesthetic effect will be identical to that of a natural tooth, and you won’t have to undergo surgery. A partial may be another option.
- How natural would you like the restorations to look? Aesthetic restorations have made great strides in the last few decades. With porcelain crowns and modern denture techniques, your restorations can look just like the real thing. Let Dr. Baudean know what you would like your refurbished smile to look like, and he’ll help you make it a reality.
- What kind of commitment are you willing to make to treatment? Different restorative options require certain levels of commitment. Make sure you know what you’re willing to invest (in terms of cost and time spent in the dental chair) before you get started. This way, you’re happy with the entire process once it’s complete.
Marrero Restorative Dentist on Proper Tooth Replacement
As we mentioned earlier, the only way to determine the proper course of treatment is to meet with a restorative dentist. But getting your thoughts in order prior to that consultation will help it have the best possible outcome. Schedule your initial appointment today, and then spend some time thinking about the questions we laid out in this post. You’ll be ready for an in-depth conversation on the future of your smile.