Restorative dentistry is the integrative management of oral health issues and restoring the mouth to a functional and aesthetic state. Dr. Beth C. Dunsmoor’s objective is initially to preserve your natural teeth, but when this is not possible she can provide tooth replacement options to address your specific situation. She is exceptionally well trained in techniques to restore the health, function and aesthetic appearance of your teeth. Restorative dentistry is most helpful for these dental issues:
- Decayed teeth
- Cracked, chipped or broken teeth
- Missing teeth
- Severely worn teeth
- Tooth pain
Restorative methods include:
FILLINGS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN
Composite resin fillings are a tooth-colored resin that provides an aesthetically pleasing result as it blends in with the surface of the tooth. Dr. Beth C. Dunsmoor will discuss the best type of filling for you, taking into account the size and location of the cavity, your health and dental history, your cosmetic concerns and cost. Due primarily to aesthetic concerns, resin composite is the most common material used in restorations.
ROOT CANAL THERAPY
Root canal therapy is used to treat the pulp (center) of a tooth that is infected, inflamed or has died. A root canal can restore the tooth to function and save the tooth. Dr. Beth C. Dunsmoor performs root canal therapy to preserve your tooth and avoid continued pain, infection or sensitivity to the tooth.
Dental crowns are generally used to cover a tooth that is damaged, weakened, decayed, discolored or broken. Crowns can strengthen the existing tooth structure and make a smile look natural again. Dr. Beth C. Dunsmoor will custom make your crown to blend into your individual smile. She will craft it to the shape, size, color, and texture of your surrounding teeth and restore your natural bite. Crowns can be extremely durable if you practice excellent dental hygiene. Dr. Beth C. Dunsmoor can evaluate your need for a crown and discuss your options with you. Crowns are often used in conjunction with bridge, root canals or implantation.
Bridges are the primary solution when you are missing one or more teeth. A bridge is aptly named as it bridges the space between existing teeth and the missing tooth/teeth. The bridge is attached to the functional teeth on either side of the bridge, generally, those teeth are covered by a crown to support the bridge. The use of a bridge helps to avoid shifting of surrounding teeth and maintain the proper function of the jaw and bite. Dr. Beth C. Dunsmoor can design the bridge from alloys or porcelain, with porcelain being the most common. She will match your natural teeth in color, size and shape to maintain or in some case improve your smile.
Dr. Beth C. Dunsmoor has a special interest in dental implantation and is a member of the exclusive, invitation-only Raleigh Periodontics and Implant Educational Association. She recommends dental implants as an aesthetic solution for tooth loss. Implants are a very durable replacement for teeth, providing natural function and appearance. To determine whether dental implants are appropriate for you, Dr. Beth C. Dunsmoor will do an initial evaluation and then work with a specialist who will coordinate with her to make a treatment plan. Your treatment plan will be devised to provide you with the most optimal outcome that results in a natural and functional improvement to the function and appearance of your teeth.
Dentures are removable appliances that can be used for complete replacement of a full set of teeth or partial to replace one or more teeth. Dr. Beth C. Dunsmoor will design your dentures for custom-fabrication to fit your mouth structure and provide comfortable replacement of your natural teeth. Dentures differ from other forms of tooth replacement as they are removable rather than permanently attached to surrounding teeth. Full dentures, of course, replace all the teeth on the upper and/or lower jaw.
The decision whether to use dentures, bridges or implantations is a serious one and should be discussed in thorough detail with Dr. Beth C. Dunsmoor whose expertise and training allow her to assist you in making the best decision for your individual needs. For all your restorative dental needs, contact our office to schedule a consultation.