Cosmetic and restorative dentistry offers patients a wide range of options to improve their smile, repair their teeth, and increase their self-confidence. From chipped, cracked, missing or decayed teeth, a professional and experienced dentist can use new dental technologies and procedures to make you feel great!
If you have issues with your teeth or improvements you’d like to see for your smile, how do you know your dentist is the best choice for your restorative dental work? What should you consider when it comes to each procedure and what to expect? Unfortunately, there are dental practices that offer false guarantees and promises to get your business. Let’s explore what you should know to help make more informed dental decisions.
If you have a cracked, broken or badly decayed tooth, a dental crown may be a good option for you. Dental crowns are made to match the color of your natural teeth and fit over a problem tooth. However, watch out for unrealistic lifetime-type warranties for a dental crown. Crowns usually last from 8-15 years or so, and this can vary widely!
If you’re experiencing tooth decay, a simple filling might do the trick. High-quality fillings are now made with a natural-looking composite resin material (not metal alloy) to provide protection and comfort. Composite fillings last about five years or even longer depending on the care. Don’t fall for promises of lifelong fillings!
To replace a missing tooth, dental bridges are often used. A dental bridge is one or more dental crowns used to replace a lost tooth but is supported on each side by natural teeth. Ensure your dentist is experienced with dental bridges for the best, long-lasting results. Dental bridges will last up to about ten years, but regular checkups and good oral hygiene can extend this timeframe.
Stronger than a dental bridge, dental implants not only replace missing or damaged teeth, they can also promote bone stability. One of the more extensive restorative dentistry procedures, dental implants can have dramatic results to improve your smile. With good oral health and regular dental visits, you can expect dental implants to last a lifetime, however, there are some cases where additional work or repairs are needed.
If you are unsure about your dental and oral health options, contact North Boulder Dental! We are the trusted family dental practice in Boulder and will provide you straightforward, professional advice you can count on for every oral health needs. Call us at (303) 447-1042 or contact us online to visit our practice and discuss your options for a healthier, more beautiful smile!