Modern dentistry has evolved into a number of specialized fields that can address almost any dental health problem and help patients keep their natural teeth in good health for a lifetime!
Restorative dental procedures can repair and strengthen a damaged tooth, avoiding the need for a tooth extraction. It is always in the best interest of a patient to keep their natural teeth as this also supports a healthy bite: losing a tooth can lead to bone loss in the jaw and shifting of other teeth which can disrupt the natural function of the bite.
Dr. Melissa Elliott, a family and restorative dentist at Lazer and Associates Family Dentistry in Fallston, offers restorative dentistry for patients who have damaged or missing teeth. Dr. Elliott devotes significant time to post graduate education in the treatment of complex dental problems, including restorative procedures, in order to provide her Bel Air area dental patients with the latest techniques.
Restorative dentistry offers procedures to replace a tooth that is missing or too damaged to repair. Dr. Elliott offers dental implants and dental bridges for patients who have lost a tooth. Dental implants offer the most comfortable, natural looking and functioning results and can also help to stabilize bone loss because of the implanted post that fuses with the bone and becomes a natural part of a patient’s occlusal system.
Dental crowns: a dental crown is often used to repair a damaged or decayed tooth, providing a “cap” that will strengthen and secure the tooth;
Dental veneers: also used for cosmetic changes, veneers can also be used to repair minor tooth damage and maintain the integrity of a natural tooth;
Dental bridges: bridges can be used as a conservative method to replace a missing tooth, or teeth, using neighboring teeth as support for a custom fit prosthetic tooth;
Dental implants: often considered the best long term option for replacing missing teeth, implants function much like a natural tooth.
If you have a damaged tooth or a missing tooth, contact Dr. Elliott and Lazer and Associates Family Dentistry to discuss how a restorative procedure can restore your dental health!