Even with the most ideal preventive measures in place, teeth can still sometimes need restoration. Accidents and injuries happen, old dental work may need to be replaced, and permanent teeth can sometimes be congenitally missing or malformed. Poor diet habits, pregnancy, chronic health issues, long-term medications, and even stress can also lead to an increased incidence of bacterial plaque. For some people, these higher plaque numbers may result in new decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss. And for those of us who had several cavities and large fillings as children, the restoration process tends to continue on into adulthood, as those filled teeth tend to weaken over time and may begin to crack or break with age.
Dr. Rich offers a comprehensive array of restorative dental services to address all of these issues. From a simple filling to a full-mouth reconstruction, restorative treatment is designed not only to repair the teeth, but also to identify the underlying contributing factors and to make additional recommendations in home-care and hygiene when those factors are thought to be controllable. Whenever possible, Dr. Rich will always recommend placing the longest lasting restorations currently available to keep future dental needs to a minimum.
Below is a listing of the most common restorative treatment options available within our practice. Every permanent restoration Dr. Rich provides is free of mercury and nickel. For those clients with known or suspected allergies to other dental materials, material-sensitivity testing is also available to ensure that your restorations are as compatible with your body chemistry as possible.
Restorative services available include, but are not limited to:
In most restorative cases, more than one treatment option will often be available. A conversation with your dentist about the pros and cons of each treatment option is always an essential component in ultimately choosing the treatment that will work best for you. However, sometimes it can be helpful to have a source of information to study before or after your conversation with your dentist to help you in your final choices.
Dr. Rich has compiled a series of resources that review some of the most common FAQ's about restorative treatment options and alternatives to help you in your decision-making process. Of course, additional questions or concerns about upcoming restorative treatment from current patients of Dr. Rich are always welcome over the phone or in-person at your regularly-scheduled dental appointment.
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