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By Michelle B. Deutch, D.D.S.
May 31, 2018

Learn more about how our Overland Park, KS, dentist can bring your smile back to life.
No matter whether you are dealing with tooth loss from gum disease or an injury caused you to crack a tooth, there are many issues thatrestorative dentistry can affect the overall health and appearance of your smile. Luckily, our Overland Park, KS, general dentist Dr. Michelle Deutch understands that every smile requires unique and individualized treatments to get smiles back on track. Find out how restorative dentistry could help you.

What is restorative dentistry?
While cosmetic dentistry focuses on providing a dental restoration that improves the aesthetics and overall appearance of your smile, restorative dentistry is designed to fix dental problems such as cracked or fractured teeth, or weak or missing teeth. The goal of restorative dentistry is to fix structural issues to strengthen your smile for the long term.

What types of restorative dentistry are available in Overland Park, KS?
There are many ways in which we can help revive your smile through restorative dentistry. Some of the most common dental restorations include:

  • Dental Fillings
  • Porcelain Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Dental implants
  • Full-mouth restoration

A filling is the best way to restore a tooth after a cavity. Of course, if there is extensive damage to the tooth a filling might not be enough to support the tooth. In this case, a dental crown will be placed over the tooth.

A dental crown is one of the most versatile dental restorations because it can serve both cosmetic and restorative purposes and it can be used to protect a weak or damaged tooth, it can support a dental bridge and it can even cover a dental implant.

A dental bridge is used to replace a single missing tooth or two teeth in a row. Of course, for a dental bridge to be the right option for you we will need to make sure that the two teeth surrounding the gap are strong enough to support crowns.

If you are missing one, multiple or even all of your teeth and you want a restoration that can last the rest of your life with the proper care then dental implants might be the best way to go. Implants function and look just like real teeth, but they do require surgery. While the process to get implants can take up to one year, these tooth replacements have the longest lifespan and really are the next best thing to real teeth.

If you are interested in taking the next steps to getting restorative dentistry in Overland Park, KS, then it’s time to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Deutch to find out the many ways in which we can give you back the smile you remember.

By Michelle B. Deutch, D.D.S.
April 05, 2018

Find out how you can get that perfect, full smile back with implants in Overland implants

Tooth loss is a frustrating ordeal, but it’s important to know that you aren’t alone. There are millions of American adults who have dealt with the same issue. The most important thing is to make sure that you get the restoration you need to replace your missing tooth (or teeth) and bring your smile back to life. Our Overland Park, KS, dentist, Dr. Michelle Deutch, is here to tell you how dental implants could be that solution for you.

No matter whether you are missing one or all of your teeth, if you are an otherwise healthy adult then dental implants might be able to help you. An implant looks like a tiny metal post or screw. This metal restoration will act as your new tooth roots. While you might not realize it, tooth roots actually play a vitally important role in maintaining good oral health.

The roots of your teeth constantly stimulate the jawbone to produce new bone cells, which keep the bone healthy and strong; however, when one or more teeth fall out there is not enough stimulation for the jawbone. As a result, the jawbone begins to lose density and deteriorate. Over time, these changes in the bone structure can also affect the shape of your face, leading to sunken cheeks and premature lines and wrinkles.

While there are certainly other options for replacing missing teeth these solutions aren’t able to replace missing tooth roots or stimulate the jawbone like implants can. This is why patients with dental bridges or dentures have to come in for regular adjustments or get replacements every few years.

A dental implant is the only tooth replacement that naturally fuses with the jawbone and tissue and provides a long-term and stable foundation from which to support a false tooth or teeth. If you are only missing one tooth, a single implant will be embedded in the jawbone and covered with a dental crown. If you are missing several or all of your teeth then multiple implants will be placed along the jawbone to support partial or full dentures.

If you think dental implants are the best way to give you that full smile back then it’s time to schedule a consultation with us. We would be happy to sit down with you and determine whether you are the ideal candidate. Call our Overland Park, KS, dental office today.