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Restorative Dentistry Stuart FL

Cheerful pretty older woman in elegant glasses sitting on cozy home couchColin M. McKinney, DMD in Stuart, FLRestorative dentistry is a wonderfully fulfilling branch of dentistry because we help people regain their smiles, even if they have been missing teeth or needing restoration for decades. Restorative dentistry covers many dental procedures - all designed to restore your smile. Here is a description of the amazing restorative dental practices we offer here at Colin M. McKinney, DMD.

Understanding Restorative Dentistry: A Comprehensive Overview

Restorative dentistry has two objectives.

First, if you have lost teeth and gum tissue due to trauma, tooth decay, or periodontal disease, the first step is to treat any underlying conditions. For example, if you have moderate to severe periodontitis, which causes the loss of gum tissue and can cause bone loss in your jawbone, our first step will be to treat the underlying periodontal disease.

This means we will need to do deep gum cleanings to put your gum disease into remission so that you do not lose any additional gum tissue or underlying jawbone.

Once your gum disease has been treated, we can then discuss options for restoring your smile. This could mean you need prosthetic teeth, which our Stuart dentist can supply through dental implants, bridges, or dentures. The main objective of restorative dentistry is to bring your mouth as close to your original healthy smile as much as possible.

Key Benefits of Choosing Restorative Dental Treatments

Choosing to have restorative dental practices has a lot of benefits for your overall health. One of the most important advantages restorative dentistry offers is the elimination of inflammation and infections in your mouth. When you have untreated gum disease, it causes inflammation and infection, not only in your gums, but it can travel to other areas of your body and cause trouble.

For example, people with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes may have more trouble regulating their blood sugar because of their gum disease. Restorative dentistry means your overall health is improved.

There are other benefits to restorative dentistry as well. Restorative dentistry prevents the deterioration of your jawbone and surrounding tissue, which helps your face retain its structure and shape. Also, restorative dentistry allows you to smile again because you do not have to worry about people commenting on your missing teeth.

If you are missing a lot of teeth, you may not be able to eat or speak properly. Through replacing your missing teeth, you will be able to eat and speak again without an issue.

Finally, when you are missing teeth, your other teeth may shift to take their place, which can lead to additional issues. Shifting teeth can cause your smile to look crooked, and your bite may also be out of alignment, which can lead to issues with your jaw.

Replacing those missing teeth means your remaining teeth will stay in place. Also, when you replace your missing teeth, you also keep your jawbone healthy. When your body senses your teeth are missing, it may remove bone from your jaw to use elsewhere, which can cause changes to your jawbone and your overall facial structure.

Explore Our Restorative Dentistry Services

If you are interested in restorative dental practices for your smile, you will need to understand all of the types of restorative dental practices we offer. Our restorative dental practices focus on helping your mouth get back to normal.

Adults with tooth problems may need to have root canal therapy to fix an infected tooth. In root canal therapy, Dr. McKinney usually makes an incision into your infected tooth to access the middle of your tooth, which is also called the pulp.

The dentist can then extract the infection and replace it with a composite to keep the integrity of the tooth. After he treats the infection, our dentist can protect the tooth with a dental crown. Dental crowns also cover teeth that are discolored, broken, chipped, or cracked.

What if your problem is cavities? To restore your smile, our dentist can use dental fillings to treat your cavities. Dental fillings can be tooth-colored, which means your cavity can be fixed, your tooth can be made whole, and no one will know you had a cavity at all, even if the cavity is in the front of your mouth.

If you have a large cavity in one of your molars, you may need inlays and onlays. Both inlays and onlays are used when the cavity in a molar impacts the cusp or biting surface of your molars. Inlays and onlays are prosthetic sections of a tooth that can be cemented in so that you are able to chew and grind food effectively.

Our restorative dental practices can also include dentures and dental implants. Dentures are replacement prosthetic teeth that are usually made of a combination of plastic, acrylic, or porcelain, so they are light but strong.

Dental implants imitate your natural teeth because they actually connect a prosthetic tooth to your jawbone.

Dental Implants: The Permanent Solution for Missing Teeth

Dental implants consist of a dental screw, which is usually made of titanium, an abutment, and a prosthetic tooth.

You can have a single-tooth dental implant, a multiple-tooth dental implant, or dental implants to replace all of your teeth in either jaw. The procedure for dental implants is essentially the same, regardless of how many teeth you need to replace.

Our dentist will make an incision in your gumline to access your jawbone. He drills a hole into your jawbone and places a dental screw. Once your jawbone heals, you will receive an abutment to connect your prosthetic tooth and then the tooth itself.

Custom Dental Crowns and Bridges: Restoring Your Smile

You may also benefit from custom-made dental crowns or dental bridges to restore your smile. Dental crowns represent a great alternative for teeth that are broken, discolored, or chipped because they cover the tooth and hide any disfiguration.

Dental bridges can replace teeth that are next to each other or directly across from each other. Our dentist can cement a bridge permanently between two natural teeth or two implanted teeth. Bridges can also be dental implants as well.

Not sure what you will need to restore your smile? We can help. Contact Colin M. McKinney, DMD at (772) 266-2223 so we can make an appointment with you for a consultation with our dentist.
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Colin M. McKinney, DMD, 800 SE Osceola St., Suite A, Stuart, FL 34994-2447 | (772) 266-2223 | | 6/3/2024 | Related Phrases: dentist Stuart FL |