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Restorative Dentistry

Comprehensive Restorative Dentistry Services in Charlotte

No one is immune from dental problems, not even people that are diligent about dental hygiene and diet. When dental damage and disease happen, it’s reassuring to know that Dr. Charles Añonuevo is only a phone call away.

The trusted Charlotte dentist can rehabilitate damaged or missing teeth and put you back on the path to optimal oral health. Drawing from a complete set of restorative dentistry services, Dr. Añonuevo will offer you individually-tailored recommendations to help you make the best decisions for your oral health needs. He can also work quickly to alleviate any pain or discomfort caused by your oral maladies.

What Can Restorative Dentistry Accomplish?

Restorative dentistry involves rebuilding teeth affected by structural damage or decay, and replacing teeth that are missing. The goal is to restore the appearance and function of a complete, healthy smile.

Addressing missing or damaged teeth is crucial for many reasons. It can restore your ability to chew your favorite foods and speak clearly. It can prevent pain and discomfort caused by dental problems, and boost your self-confidence. Restorative dentistry services can also keep the jawbone intact, preventing widespread tooth loss and facial sagging. A healthy, strong mouth is good for overall health and wellness.

Tooth-colored Fillings

Fillings are placed in the spaces left by cavities; they restore a normal tooth appearance and full chewing function. Fillings can be crafted from several types of material, but the most popular type of fillings are made of tooth-colored resin or porcelain. Tooth-colored fillings provide the best aesthetic result while protecting the teeth from additional decay and damage.

How Fillings Are Placed

First, Dr. Añonuevo removes the decayed or damaged tooth structure, preserving as much natural tooth as possible. Then, he applies the composite resin filling material in layers, using a special light to harden the material. Once Dr. Añonuevo has sufficiently filled the tooth, he checks the tooth against the bite to ensure the filling isn’t causing any problems. Finally, he polishes the resin material so it matches the translucence of natural tooth enamel. This entire process can be completed in a single appointment.

Root Canals

In the past, a diseased tooth meant you would had to lose the tooth. Today, the tooth can be saved with root canals by a general dentist or endodontist. The inside of a tooth contains soft tissue known as dental pulp. Sometimes this pulp can become infected or injured, due to tooth decay or trauma. A tooth infection can cause pain, tenderness, sensitivity to hot or cold liquids, bad breath and other symptoms. Some infections cause no symptoms at all. Root canal therapy stops the bacteria from spreading to the surrounding teeth and bone, and saves the infected tooth from getting pulled.

The Root Canal Procedure

During a root canal, a barrier is placed on the tooth so everything else in the mouth is protected. Dr. Añonuevo creates a small opening in the tooth to access the dental pulp and reach the tooth’s canals. He removes all of the infected tissue and disinfects the chamber and canals holding the pulp. He fills the chamber with a biocompatible rubber type material called gutta percha. Finally, the opening is temporary sealed off to prevent bacteria from entering. After root canal intervention, Dr. Añonuevo will recommend strengthening the tooth with a crown on a subsequent appointment.

Dentures

Dentures replace teeth lost to decay, injury or gum disease. Today’s dentures are lightweight, well-fitting and very realistic in appearance. They restore chewing and biting function and clear speech; dentures also prevent the facial shape from looking sunken-in after tooth loss. If you have no teeth in the jaw, Dr. Añonuevo will discuss a complete denture. If you have some teeth, partial dentures can be an option for you.

How Dentures Work

Dentures are made from a pink acrylic base holding artificial ceramic teeth. Partial denture appliances replace some of the teeth and complete dentures replace all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw. Partial denture options can be made of a chrome cobalt alloy, acrylic polymer or cast thermo-plastic (Valplast) design.

Complete dentures rest on top of the gums and sometimes secured into place with denture adhesives. Some patients opt to anchor their complete dentures to dental implants for added stability and security. Dentures are custom-fabricated to the exact contours of the patient’s mouth for a comfortable fit and feel.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges can replace the look and feel of one or more missing teeth. There are several types of dental bridges available. A traditional bridge consists of at least three crowns fused together. The replacement crown(s), also called pontic(s), fills the space. The teeth adjacent to the gap are capped to support the bridge.

How Bridges Are Placed

Dental bridges are custom created to match the natural teeth in color, shape and size. First, Dr. Añonuevo prepares the teeth on either side of the gap to receive crowns; this involves removing a small amount of tooth structure. He takes impressions of the affected teeth and sends them to the dental laboratory that creates the bridge. Dr. Añonuevo can place a temporary bridge over the prepared teeth to protect them as the bridge is being constructed.

Once the permanent bridge is ready, Dr. Añonuevo fits the bridge into the mouth and checks it against the bite. If he is happy with the fit, he bonds the bridge into place and polishes it.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are the go-to tooth replacement option for many people seeking long-lasting, reliable results. An implant replaces the entire structure of a tooth, from root to crown. Designed to match the surrounding natural teeth, implants restore full dental function and promote oral health. They also keep the underlying jawbone stable and prevent its deterioration.

How Dental Implants Are Placed

The first step of dental implant placement is to surgically place the titanium implant body, taking place of the missing root, into the jawbone. It is left to heal during a process called osseointegration, in which the endosteal implant becomes part of the jawbone’s anatomy. This creates a sturdy base for the artificial tooth. After the implant has fused, a custom abutment and porcelain crown is attached to your dental implant.

If multiple teeth need to be replaced, several implants can be used to support a dental bridge or partial denture appliance. If an entire arch of teeth needs to be replaced, four to six implant bodies can be placed throughout the jaw to support a denture prosthetic.

Once in place, dental implants can be cared for similar to natural teeth. With the proper care and attention, they can last indefinitely.

Schedule a Restorative Dentistry Consultation

If you would like to discuss your personal restorative dentistry needs with Dr. Añonuevo, please contact Inspire Dentistry of the Carolinas today.

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