Often, people are confused as to what constitutes general dentistry, restorative dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. It really is not all that complicated. General dentistry is your regular dental examination, and your six-month cleanings. Restorative dentistry is what arises from your examination – you might need fillings, root canals, or routine extractions. Cosmetic dentistry is anything that makes your smile look better.
At some point over your dental history, you are likely to need restorative treatments. Hardly anyone gets through their whole life, for example, never needing a filling. Sometimes, if you have let your dental health go, you may even need a full mouth restoration.
Dr. Yamaguchi often sees the need for full mouth restorations in elderly patients. Perhaps they have been afraid to visit the dentist, for whatever reason, and things have spiraled out of control. There is still hope, though. Many restorative treatments are available.
Dental bridges, as the name suggests, bridge gaps where teeth are missing. Most of the time, Dr. Yamaguchi will recommend dental implants to correct missing teeth, but she understands that dental insurers will usually not pay for implants. They will, however, usually cover at least part of the cost of a dental bridge.
So, what is a dental bridge? It is simply a sequence of dental crowns that are anchored to the teeth adjacent to the gap. The crowns are colored and shaped to match the missing teeth, and once the dental bridge is permanently installed, the patient can enjoy all the benefits of natural teeth. In other words, he or she will be able to chew and bite normally.
Full Mouth Restoration
Sometimes, a full mouth restoration is needed. This will usually involve at least two, and possibly more, restorative treatments. If you have two or more of the following dental issues, then you may need a full mouth restoration.
- Broken teeth
- Missing teeth
- Dental infections
- Gum disease
- Gummy smile
- TMJ disorder
- Difficulty chewing
- Difficulty biting
- Difficulty speaking
Once you and Dr. Yamaguchi have determined that you require a full mouth restoration, you can talk about how your treatments will progress. You will want to deal with anything that is causing discomfort in your mouth first, and then later move on to restoring additional functionality.
Implants are not always the best solution. Insurers will not usually pay for them. Fortunately, modern dentures do not slip or slide the way your grandparents’ dentures did. They can be a perfectly sensible solution to missing teeth. When implants are not in the budget, dentures can be a good solution. Click here to learn more.
If your teeth are broken or otherwise damaged, you might find it hard to bite and chew. Dental crowns can correct these issues. You could think of dental crowns as protective helmets for damaged teeth. They can protect the insides of your cheeks, and also help to ensure that you are not biting down hard on damaged areas. Click here to learn more.
At Dental Arts and Wellness in Lake Oswego, we can offer you may options when it comes to dental implants. We prefer All on 4, simply because it is easier and it saves you money. With All on 4, you can have a full set of teeth installed in either jaw with just four implants. Traditional methods usually require eight or more. Click here to learn more.
Contact Our Lake Oswego Restorative Dentist
At Dental Arts and Wellness, Dr. Yamaguchi will be pleased to talk with you. You can reach us by phone at 503-633-3067, or you can book a consultation using the convenient form on our Contact Us page. We are located at 15074 Bangy Lake, Lake Oswego, OR 97035.