For the most part, your dental health care should focus on prevention. Avoiding progressive issues like tooth decay and gum disease is preferable to dealing with them once they develop. Nevertheless, dental issues are a common problem, and restoring compromised smiles is a major facet of professional dentistry. Southlake restorative dentist, Dr. Gregory Wright, offers a wide selection of innovative methods and materials designed to rebuild your smile after it’s been afflicted with dental disease or significant damage.
Treating Dental Diseases
You may know it as good hygiene, but brushing and flossing your teeth every day is actually the most common form of preventive dentistry, along with regularly-scheduled dental checkups and cleanings. However, exercising good hygiene isn’t necessarily a fool-proof plan against destructive dental issues, like tooth decay and cavities (holes in your teeth). If a cavity develops, treating it requires removing the infected tooth structure and cleaning out the cavity to remove traces of bacteria. Mild to moderate cavities that stop at your tooth’s main structure (dentin) can be treated with a dental filling, usually crafted from tooth-colored composite resin instead of conspicuous metal amalgam. Severe cavities that involve internal infection (meaning tooth decay has reached the center of your tooth) may require a root canal treatment to resolve. After filling the tooth’s emptied and cleaned interior, Dr. Wright will likely recommend placing a dental crown over the tooth to reinforce it for future biting and chewing.
Rebuilding Damaged Teeth
Tooth decay is the most frequently-occurring dental disease, affecting over 90% of adults in the United States. Still, disease isn’t the only threat to your teeth’s integrity. Accidental damage, such as cracks and fractures, can leave a tooth too weak to sustain the pressures of biting and chewing, as well as directly expose the tooth’s nerves and blood vessels. A lifelike porcelain dental crown can be custom-designed to mimic the tooth’s appearance, and then placed over the tooth to rejuvenate your smile and preserve the healthy structure that remains. Depending on the extent of damage, Dr. Wright may have to clean the tooth and fill its interior with a dental filling before placing the crown.
About Your Southlake Restorative Dentist:
As a native Texan, Dr. Gregory Wright opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He is happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Wright, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.