Sometimes, despite your best efforts, dental and oral health problems like decay, tooth loss, infection, injury or damage can still occur. Also, it’s not uncommon for other medical conditions to contribute to tooth loss and a decline in oral health.
At Dentistry at Millennium Park, our team of experts provides a range of restorative dentistry services to get your mouth back to good health and to protect against future issues. We recognize the unique situations of patients in need of restorative treatment and approach each patient with empathy, kindness and our signature professional, gentle touch.
What is Restorative Dentistry?
While preventative dentistry deals with protecting your mouth from future problems and cosmetic dentistry focuses on enhancing the features of your smile, restorative dentistry handles all necessary repair, restoration and maintenance caused by decay, disease and damage.
For example, if you experience an injury or trauma to your face that results in the loss of teeth, a restorative treatment option is dental implants. For deep, untreated cavities that lead to infection in the soft tissue beneath a tooth, a root canal is a restorative treatment to stop the infection from spreading and protect against future cavities.
Some of the restorative needs we see most frequently at Dentistry at Millennium Park include root canals, decay, a need to replace missing teeth and treatment for gum disease. As a top dental choice in Chicago, we are experienced in treating all these conditions and more.
What is Considered a Restorative Dentistry Treatment?
A restorative dental treatment is anything focused on addressing an existing issue in oral health, repairing both the symptom and problem, and promoting overall healing of the mouth.
Common types of dental restorations include:
- Root canals — removing inflamed and infected pulp from beneath a tooth, often caused by a cavity
- Dental implants—replacing missing teeth and supporting future bone growth
- Bridges—filling major gaps between existing healthy teeth
- Full and partial dentures—replacing missing teeth with removable sets of replacement
- All-on-Four—replacing a full arch of teeth with a set of implants
Implant restoration—updating and replacing the crown used for a dental implant
What is the Difference Between Bridges, Implants and Dentures?
Modern dental treatment includes a variety of tooth replacement solutions.
Before performing any form of treatment, our dental professionals at Dentistry at Millennium Park will work closely with you to help you understand your current dental needs and the best available option: bridges, implants or dentures.
Dental implants require an artificial support post to be surgically attached to your jaw bone. This will serve as the root for your new tooth. A crown, or the artificial replacement we create to serve as your tooth, is then placed over the post. Over time, the post will adapt to your jaw bone and promote growth.
As their name implies, bridges are used to bridge the gap between missing teeth. Unlike implants, they do not require an artificial post to support the dental crown. Instead, they are supported by existing healthy teeth.
Like bridges, dentures also do not require posts. However, dentures are best for patients missing a full row or arch of teeth, while bridges are best for patients missing between one to three teeth. Instead of being anchored to your jaw bone, dentures are a removable set of new teeth designed to match your mouth.
Different types of dentures, like full and partial, are available. We can help you determine which is best for your mouth.
Looking for Restorative Dentistry in Chicago?
At Dentistry at Millennium Park, our expert team specializes in restorative dentistry solutions that repair your smile and mouth back to total oral health and well-being. Call our office at (312) 750-9000 to discuss all of the services we offer to restore and protect your teeth.