Tooth Loss and the Role of Restorative Dentistry

Tooth loss is a common occurrence, with statistics showing that adults typically have three or more decayed or missing teeth. The causes for this can range from poor dental hygiene, trauma, or grinding or clenching your teeth due to conditions like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.

Regardless of the cause, tooth loss can significantly impact an individual’s ability to eat, speak, and maintain overall oral health. Your smile can deteriorate in multiple ways without tooth replacement treatment from a dentist.

In Vienna, VA, Dr. Matthew Gerald offers comprehensive restorative services at his dental clinic aimed at helping patients regain their healthy smiles after tooth loss. He can evaluate your unique dental structure and offer targeted treatment to replace missing teeth and restore your oral health.

Tooth Loss and the Role of Restorative Dentistry

The Uses of Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dentistry refers to various dental procedures designed to restore the appearance and functionality of your mouth after tooth loss. At our Vienna office, we offer several restorative services including dental bridges, dental crowns, dental implants, and full and partial dentures.

Dental bridges are used for replacing several missing teeth in a row by securing them using either dental implants or crowns. Dental crowns strengthen weakened or worn-out teeth while blending perfectly with your natural smile. They treat damaged teeth before they fall out. But this fixture can also function as a prosthetic tooth atop a single dental implant.

Dental implants are surgically placed into your jawbone and act as versatile restoration solutions capable of supporting bridges and dentures. Removable full or partial dentures create an affordable, flexible way to replace missing teeth. But dentures can also provide more reliable bite function and restoration when secured by modern implant technology.

Treating Underlying Dental Issues

Restorative dentistry plays a major role in replacing lost teeth with durable devices like bridges or implants. But a restorative dentist also addresses underlying oral health problems like gum infections or TMJ disorders, both of which could contribute to tooth loss. We offer TMJ treatments including oral appliances for patients who clench their jaw or grind their teeth.

For gum disease treatment, we provide antibacterial rinses, scaling, and root planing procedures that can reverse gum inflammation. We can also treat tooth decay and other serious dental issues. These problems are often easier to treat when diagnosed early, so make sure you do not delay visiting your dentist about potential oral health issues.

Restoring Your Smile

Regardless of the reason behind your missing teeth, restorative dentistry offers solutions that improve your mouth’s look, feel, and function. They can also prevent further dental problems, such as shifting teeth or bone loss around missing tooth areas. At our Vienna office, we aim to help you restore your oral health. We can provide preventive care to protect your dental structure, address existing oral health problems, and restore damaged or lost teeth to ensure you can maintain a beautiful, healthy smile.