6 Ways to Restore Your Smile

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
December 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

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Unhappy with your smile? Restorative dentistry seeks to improve the appearance and function of your damaged teeth and replace lost teeth. There are many different dental treatments which may be classified as restorative. Here are six restorative dentistry treatments offered by Dr. Gary Machiko in Pittsburgh, PA that can improve your smile.

1. Dental Fillings

Need a dental filling? Everyone needs a dental filling at some point in their lives. Dental fillings are used to treat cavities and repair cracked or broken teeth. Today, several cavity-filling materials are available. Teeth can be filled with cosmetic white fillings. Many fillings last 15 years or more, and those that are well taken care of can last a lifetime.

2. Inlays & Onlays

Inlays and onlays are used to restore decayed or damaged teeth. If the tooth damage is not severe enough for a crown, your dentist can treat it with an inlay or onlay. Inlays and onlays can be made of gold, porcelain, or composite resin. Inlays fill the space in between the rounded edges, or cusps, at the center of the tooth's surface. Onlays are similar to inlays but cover one or more cusps or the entire biting surface of each tooth.

3. Root Canals

Root canal therapy is a treatment of the pulp of the tooth that is infected, inflamed, or dead. When root canal therapy is performed, the pulp tissue is removed, relieving the patient of pain. Tooth extraction is not a good alternative to root canal treatment. Tooth removal will leave a gap that can impair the appearance of your smile and reduce the functionality of your bite. Saving your tooth is always the best option.

4. Dental Crowns

A cemented restoration that completely covers the outside of the tooth is referred to as a dental crown. Dental crowns are used to restore broken, decayed, and damaged teeth. Damaged teeth can be saved by covering them with crowns. Besides strengthening damaged teeth, dental crowns can be used to improve their appearance.

5. Dental Bridges

Dental bridges can fill in the gaps in your smile and improve your attractiveness. A traditional dental bridge is created by a crown for the tooth on either side of the gap, and the pontic lies in between. Without a bridge, your natural teeth will eventually shift out of place, leading to future problems with your bite. When a bridge fills in your smile's gaps, your other teeth are supported on all sides and have no place to shift.

6. Dental Veneers

Dental veneers can make your teeth look like new again. Dental veneers are ultra-thin shells of medical-grade ceramic designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These porcelain shells are used to cover teeth which are misaligned, worn down, discolored, or chipped. Dental veneers create a bright, white smile with beautifully aligned, shapely teeth.

Don't settle for an imperfect smile. Call Dr. Machiko at 412-367-1319 now to schedule a dental appointment in Pittsburgh, PA. We have helped thousands of people improve their smiles, boosting their self-confidence and improving the quality of their lives. And we will do the same for you.