Smile repair, or restorative dentistry, is the area of dentistry focused on restoring aesthetics and functionality by restoring damaged teeth or replacing missing teeth. The goal is to restore the natural appearance, feel, and functionality of your natural teeth.
While most of our smile repair patients are older, we can perform restorative procedures on patients of all ages, from pediatrics to geriatrics, including removing and repairing cavities and repairing damaged teeth due to trauma/injuries.
If you are in Salt Lake City and considering smile repair, contact Legacy Dental and schedule your appointment. We will be happy to assess your condition and create a customized treatment plan.
There are several factors that make a patient a good candidate for smile repair, including:
There are several procedures that are commonly used in smile repair, including:
When bacteria gets into the tooth, it creates a cavity. A small cavity is easily repaired with a dental filling. During this procedure, the decay will be removed, and the hole will be filled with a tooth-colored resin. This prevents further damage because it stops the decay from progressing.
If the cavity is too large for a filling or a tooth has been broken, a dental crown may be the best option. This is often referred to as a “cap” and fits over the tooth. The dentist will need to shave down your tooth by removing some of the enamel to create room for the crown to be placed.
If the damage has gotten into the tooth pulp, the tooth is susceptible to infection. In this case, you will need a root canal.
During this procedure, the diseased pulp- along with the blood vessels and nerves- will be removed. Then, the tooth will be disinfected, and the tooth will be filled with a dental material known as gutta-percha. Then, a filling or crown will be placed to protect the tooth from bacteria.
A dental bridge is typically used to replace several missing teeth in a row. A traditional bridge requires the support of the natural neighboring teeth. The teeth on each side will be filed down to accommodate the bridge and it will be attached permanently.
On the other hand, an implant-supported bridge requires that dental implants be placed on either side of the gap to support the bridge.
A dental implant is considered the gold standard when it comes to tooth replacement solutions. It is designed to replace a missing tooth, including the roots. A dental implant is made up of 3 pieces:
A dental implant can be used to replace a single tooth or can be used as a support for other restorations, such as bridges and dentures.
If you are missing all or most of your teeth, you may want to consider dentures to restore your broken smile. We offer full/complete and partial dentures at Legacy Dental.
Full/complete dentures are designed to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. Partial dentures replace several missing teeth around the jaw. Traditional dentures sit on top of your gums.
We also offer implant-retained dentures, which are similar to traditional ones, only they rely on dental implants for support instead of resting on your gums. This is a more stable option than traditional dentures.
The cost of smile repair depends on the procedures that you require and your dental insurance coverage. The average cost of each procedure is as follows:
Our office staff will be happy to work with your insurance provider to determine your coverage.
If you are missing teeth or you have decayed, chipped, uneven, or gapped teeth, smile repair may be a good option for you. Schedule your consultation with the team at Legacy Dental today. We can help you determine your needs and discuss your goals to create a treatment plan that is right for you. Our goal is to repair your damaged, broken-down smile, giving you back your confidence.
At Legacy Dental, we understand that you are going to have questions. We have gathered some of our most frequently asked questions about smile repair. If you still have more, we’ll be happy to address those with you.
Smile repair, also known as restorative dentistry, is the process of repairing damaged and replacing missing teeth. Since no two patients are exactly the same, we customize your treatment plan to your needs and goals.
Smile repair involves procedures designed to restore your smile, including:
At Legacy Dental, we offer the option for painless (sedation) dentistry. This means that we offer sedation to help you relax while we work. You will not feel any pain with sedation. If you choose to only use local anesthesia, you may feel some pressure while we work, but you should not feel pain. If you do, let us know, and we’ll rectify the situation. We want all of our patients to be comfortable at all times.
Cosmetic dentistry improves the aesthetics of a patient’s smile. Smile repair, on the other hand, doesn’t just restore appearance but also the functionality of your teeth. Cosmetic dentistry is elective and typically not covered by dental insurance. Smile repair is mandatory, which means that your dental insurance should cover at least a portion of your dental treatment.
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