For patients in the Midlothian area seeking quality restorative dentistry options, Long Family Dental offers a wide range of services for restorative dentistry in Midlothian, TX. We can restore your smile and your oral health. We offer flexible financing, too, so you can afford the treatments you need to get the smile you want. If you want an idea about what your smile can look like fully restored, view our smile gallery.
When a tooth is too damaged for a filling, we can protect it with a dental crown. However, if there’s a gap in your smile, then crowns will have to be used another way: to support a dental bridge. This is necessary to stop the bite from shifting around and causing issues with the jaw as well as deterioration of your individual teeth.
The dental bridge will be made of two customized crowns designed to fit snugly on the teeth as well as an appropriate number of false teeth, or “pontics” to fill the actual gap. Your natural teeth will serve as support for the bridge, so it’s important to still have healthy teeth on either side of the gap. We can use a variety of materials to make bridges, such as gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all-ceramic. If you’re mainly concerned about aesthetics, ceramic is the best choice, but different patients may have different requirements when it comes to restoration strength and durability.
Fillings are an important staple of any dental office, used to remove cavities and restore the tooth structure that was lost. Since enamel doesn’t grow back naturally, we need to use new material to fill in the hole. Metal fillings have fallen out of favor. Composite resin is preferred since it can be placed more easily and blends in with the enamel much better. Getting a filling now could help you avoid needing to get a root canal treatment or an extraction to stop a toothache and dental infection.
There are actually multiple kinds of dentures, but they have one thing in common: they replace multiple teeth at once. This might become necessary when the bone loss around your existing teeth becomes so severe that it can’t provide the support they need anymore. Also, if you’ve lost an extensive number of teeth already, then you might need dentures if there aren’t enough salvageable teeth remaining.
At Long Family Dental, we definitely prefer saving teeth to removing them, but there are times where we might have to simply remove your teeth entirely. After the extraction process, we will create dentures that are personalized based on an impression of your mouth. They don’t necessarily have to replace every tooth in the mouth; partial dentures are specially designed to fit into gaps scattered throughout your smile. You can normally expect to need a short period of time to adjust to dentures. Once you do, you can return to eating, speaking, and smiling normally. If you want to give your dentures the most stability possible, we recommend having them anchored to dental implants.