At Blue Sky Smiles, we work hard to provide patient education and preventive care to keep your natural teeth healthy for life. That being said, we’re all human and sometimes things happen. Most adults will lose at least one tooth in their life, especially as we age – 30% of adults between 65-74 have no natural teeth remaining. That’s why we’re happy to provide durable, natural-looking restorations that look, feel and function just like natural teeth.
Restorative dentistry is any dental treatment that replaces or repairs damaged teeth. Restorative dentistry has two main purposes: to restore the function of your teeth and to improve the appearance of your teeth. At Blue Sky Smiles, our dentist prides himself in providing the highest quality of restorative dental treatments. Our number one goal is to help you get back your smile!
Repairing missing or broken teeth is crucial not only for aesthetic reasons but also for maintaining good oral and overall health. Here are several reasons why you should consider addressing these dental issues:
At Blue Sky Smiles, our experienced dentist in Saginaw provides various options to repair or replace missing or broken teeth, including dental implants, bridges, crowns, and veneers. We aim to restore both the function and appearance of your teeth, helping you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. Remember, timely treatment can prevent further complications and maintain the integrity of your oral health.
You’ve probably had at least one cavity filled in your life, probably when you were a kid. Thankfully, dentistry has come a long way in recent years, and we are now able to fill cavities more conservatively and without the use of unsightly and toxic mercury. Today we use a durable, natural-looking tooth-colored resin that blends in seamlessly with your natural teeth.
Tooth-colored fillings, also known as composite resin fillings or white fillings, are a type of dental filling material designed to match the natural color of your teeth. They are a popular choice for those who want their fillings to blend in seamlessly with their smile, offering a more aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional silver (amalgam) fillings.
In addition to their aesthetic benefits, tooth-colored fillings also provide a strong and durable repair. They bond directly to the tooth, which can provide additional support to the tooth structure and help prevent breakage. Moreover, tooth-colored fillings are less sensitive to temperature changes than silver amalgam fillings. They also allow for a more conservative preparation, meaning less tooth structure needs to be removed compared to amalgam fillings.
If you have an area of decay that’s too large to fill with a simple filling but doesn’t quite require a full crown, an inlay or onlay might be the perfect solution. Inlays and Onlays are great for filling larger areas of decay or replacing old amalgam fillings.
Inlays and onlays are types of dental restorations used to repair teeth that have moderate decay or damage. They are often referred to as “indirect fillings” or “partial crowns,” as they offer a middle ground between dental fillings and full crowns.
Both inlays and onlays are created in a dental laboratory from an impression of the damaged tooth, ensuring a perfect fit. They provide strength and stability to the weakened tooth and help to prevent further damage. Inlays and onlays are highly durable and, with proper oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups, can last for many years.
Crowns can help strengthen and protect your tooth and bring it back to its healthy, functioning condition. Crowns can restore the balance in your smile, allowing you to enjoy eating and smiling with confidence again. At Blue Sky Smiles, we offer many options for crowns to fit your individual needs and budget, and the process is simple with our 3D imaging technology and same-day technology that allows us to digitally design, create, and place crowns in a single visit!
Dental crowns are caps that are placed over damaged teeth. Crowns can be used to cover, protect and restore the form of your teeth when fillings fail. Dental crowns are made from metals, porcelains, resins, and ceramics. They rarely require any special care other than good oral hygiene.
If you have decay that’s too extensive to repair with a filling, or you’ve broken a tooth, a crown might be the best solution for you. Because Crowns function as tooth-shaped caps, they can perfectly fit over any remaining healthy tooth structure to restore your teeth!
If you’re missing a tooth or multiple teeth, we always recommend dental implants for the healthiest, most life-like solution. Bridges are however also a highly effective way to replace missing teeth. Dental Bridges consist of single or multiple fabricated teeth, usually anchored with the help of crowns on either side, unless you are a candidate for an implant-supported bridge, in which case we can preserve the health of the surrounding teeth.
A dental bridge is typically composed of two crowns that are placed on either the abutment or implant teeth of the mouth. The pontic joins the crowns and fills in the gap. You can make the bridge from a variety of materials, including gold, silver, and porcelain.
If you have missing teeth, including front teeth, a dental bridge can help restore the look and function of your teeth. It bridges the gap where the missing tooth is. If you are not a candidate for or can’t afford dental implants, our dentist provides several options for bridges to suit your needs. A custom bridge can fill the gap in your smile, return balance to your alignment and bite, and allow you to enjoy your favorite foods with confidence again!
You may need dental implants in several scenarios. If you have one or more missing teeth due to injury, disease, or decay, dental implants can replace those teeth and restore function and aesthetics to your smile. Additionally, if you have a dental bridge or removable dentures, you may choose to switch to implants for a more secure, comfortable, and natural-feeling solution. Dental implants can also be beneficial if you are experiencing bone loss in the jaw, as implants can help stimulate bone growth.
Dental implants are a popular and effective long-term solution for people who suffer from missing teeth, failing teeth, or chronic dental problems. They are essentially artificial tooth roots, similar in shape to screws. When placed in your jawbone, they bond with your natural bone, providing a sturdy base to support one or more artificial teeth, called crowns.
A connector, known as an abutment, is placed on top of the dental implant to support the crowns. The crowns are custom-made to match your natural teeth and fit your mouth.
Here are a few benefits of dental implants:
At Blue Sky Smiles, our experienced dentist in Saginaw provides high-quality dental implants to help patients restore their smiles and confidence. If you’re suffering from tooth loss, we invite you to explore how dental implants can help you regain the natural function and beauty of your smile.
At Blue Sky Smiles, we know suffering the loss of your natural teeth can be a traumatic experience, but living with dentures doesn’t have to be. Our dentures are custom-made from durable and natural-looking acrylic and ceramic so they look, feel, and function just like natural teeth.
A denture is a removable solution for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. At our dental practice in Saginaw, you can choose from complete or partial dentures. When all of your teeth are missing, complete dentures will be used. Partial dentures are used if some teeth are still present.
If you have multiple missing teeth due to tooth decay or an accident, dentures could be the best, and most affordable option for you! If you are a candidate for dental implants and would like a more natural functioning solution (without the risk of your dentures falling out), we highly recommend securing your smile with All-On-4 implant-supported dentures. Dental implants help preserve the jawbone, prevent premature aging, and lock dentures in place for the most life-like solution to missing teeth. For more information on dentures or all-on-4 dental implant-supported dentures, contact our dental office today!
If your mouth has been devastated by rampant tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancer, teeth grinding, or a traumatic injury, you may have lost all hope in ever having a healthy, beautiful smile again. We want you to know you don’t have to throw in the towel, and our team would love to help you.
If you’re living with chronic pain – teeth, jaw, face, neck, headaches, migraines – we may be able to stop your pain at the source and prevent it from coming back in the future with some adjustments to your teeth or jaw.
Depending on your individual needs and preferences, together we will come up with a customized treatment plan to create a healthier environment in the mouth, make adjustments as needed, and rebuild your smile in a way that is healthier and more comfortable for you.
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*Dr. Robinson is a general dentist providing orthodontic services.