Restorative Care

Why restorative dentistry procedures are important

  • Filling empty spaces in the mouth helps keep teeth properly aligned

  • Replacing teeth makes it easier to maintain good oral care habits to help prevent plaque build-up and the problems plaque can cause

  • Missing teeth can affect your health, appearance and self-esteem

Treatment Options

The most common way to treat a cavity is for your dentist to remove the decay and fill the tooth with one of several different materials. These filling materials include gold, porcelain, silver amalgam (which consists of mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc and copper), tooth-colored plastic or composite resin.

Crowns

A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth. It is used to strengthen and protect your tooth structure. Your dentist prepares the tooth, takes an impression and the crown is made in a lab by a specialist. A crown is ideal for people with broken teeth or cavities. The crown is cemented into place over the damaged tooth.

Bridges

A dental bridge "bridges" the gap where there are missing teeth. A bridge has a crown on each end as an anchor with an artificial tooth or teeth connecting the crowns and filling the space. A bridge can keep your other teeth from moving out of place. Once a bridge is placed, it works just like your natural teeth.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. An implant has 2 parts: a metal anchor and a false tooth, similar to a crown. A dental implant looks and feels like a natural tooth. The metal anchor is inserted into the jawbone. After the anchor has been inserted, a false tooth is put into place.

Tips for taking care of your restorative dentistry work

  • Brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day.

  • Electric toothbrushes can help remove plaque from your teeth and restorative work.

  • Make sure to floss around your teeth, dental implants, crowns, and bridges every day.

  • Try not to chew on hard or sticky foods. These can damage your implant, bridge, or crown.

  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash to help fight plaque bacteria around restorative work.

CONTACT US

Dr. Tanya Pierce Lawhon, DDS

Now with 2 locations to better serve you

BISHOP OFFICE

312 South Avenue B

Bishop, Texas 78343

361-584-2217

KINGSVILLE OFFICE

116 South 4th Street

Kingsville, TX 78363 

361-595-4121

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