The Benefits of Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dentistry is a field of dentistry that focuses on addressing issues related to damaged and missing teeth, periodontal concerns, and bite-related problems. The primary aim is to restore the full function and aesthetics of the smile, ensuring patients can eat comfortably, speak normally, and feel confident in their smiles.

At Gunbarrel Dental Center in Boulder, Colorado, Dr. Rachel Barone collaborates with patients to create restorative treatment plans including treatments such as dental implants that secure crowns, bridges, and dentures. As a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), she possesses advanced knowledge in implant dentistry. Dr. Barone helps patients restore the function of their smiles and improve their quality of life using a range of restorative dental treatments. 

Restorative Dentistry: what are the options?

Dental Bridges

Do you have one missing tooth or several consecutive lost teeth? A dental bridge fills gaps left by one to four consecutive missing teeth using natural adjacent teeth for support or secured with dental implants, creating a stable foundation.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are widely used for a range of oral health needs. A crown fully covers broken or worn teeth made from metal-ceramic or porcelain fused to metal. It provides an even bite for those affected by decay or erosion, offering durability.

Dental Implants

Dental implants offer the most natural function and aesthetics when replacing missing teeth or securing a denture. Dental implants are high-quality restorations comprising titanium post abutment and prosthetic supporting crowns, bridges, or dentures capped off with a crown if it’s a single implant case.

Periodontal Therapy

Periodontitis, also known as gum disease, results from harmful bacteria buildup leading to gum irritation, inflammation, bleeding, and tooth loss over time. In cases of chronic gum disease, regular scaling and root planing at appointments remove plaque tartar from gums tooth roots, helping manage this condition. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I replace all my missing teeth with dental implants?

Yes, you can replace lost teeth using implant-secured restoration whether it’s a single tooth or all permanent teeth. However, not every missing tooth requires an implant. Implant-secured dentures can be used for a full arch of missing teeth, requiring fewer implants to secure an arch of false teeth.

Do bleeding gums indicate gum disease?

Bleeding gums typically suggest inflammation that precedes gum disease caused by harmful bacteria forming plaque calculus around the teeth and gums, inflaming and irritating the tissue, but could also result from aggressive brushing.

Can TMJ disappear on its own?

No, temporomandibular joint disorder symptoms typically do not disappear without treatment, often worsening over time, requiring custom nightguard physical therapy to treat symptoms and relax jaw muscles.

Are you interested in restoring your smile’s function, comfort, and appearance? Consider scheduling a dental appointment with Dr. Barone online or call our office at 720-881-0614. We serve patients from Boulder and surrounding areas.