Dental Restorations

These aren’t your grandmother’s dental restorations! The art of restoring teeth has come a long way,
and today’s dental restorations truly look just like your real teeth — and act like them, too!
The type of restoration your family gets depends on a number of factors. For example, if a child
knocks out a baby tooth, you don’t want to overspend on a restoration that will just be replaced by an
adult tooth in a few years. On the other hand, if you lose an adult front tooth, aesthetics are much
more important. You might want a dental implant that looks, feels, and functions just like a real front
tooth.

Restorations include dentures, bridges, crowns and implants (which can be topped with a number of
materials). Dentures can be removable or permanent, and are generally more affordable than implants.
A bridge is a dental structure that bridges the gap between at least two adjacent missing teeth. A crown
is the literal topper, or crowning jewel, that can be placed directly over a cracked or broken tooth, or on
top of a bridge or implant.

But dental implants are the most lifelike of all.

Are Implants Worth It?

Getting implants takes, on average, 12 weeks from start to finish. First, your dentist will prep the area
that’s missing a tooth. Next, a tiny post is implanted into the jawbone. Patients won’t feel anything but
pressure during the procedure. The gum tissue needs a number weeks to heal around the post, as this
will help to hold it in place. The length of time depends on patients’ ability to heal quickly, their food
consumption and other factors. During this time, a temporary cap is placed on the post. After the tissue
has healed, the patient is ready for his or her permanent replacement tooth.

Many times, dental implants can last a lifetime. You care for them just like your regular teeth, and it’s
hard to tell the difference between genuine and replacement teeth. The type of material used for the
replacement tooth depends on where the tooth is and your personal preferences, such as beauty vs.
strength.

Just Like New

The odds of your kids getting through their childhoods with nary a broken, chipped, or even knocked-out
tooth are low. Fortunately, you have a number of dental restoration options at your fingertips. At Kids
& Family Dental, we work with insurance providers and offer finance plans to help you and your
family get the smiles you deserve.