Restorative Dentistry in CHICAGO

What is restorative dentistry?

The phrase "restorative dentistry" is used to describe a series of procedures, which are used to restore the visual appeal and health of your teeth. At Gleam Dental Studio, we offer restorative treatments that repair the look of your teeth and keep them healthy. From repairing cavities with simple fillings to replacing teeth with bridges or dentures, our end goal is to improve the health of your smile. Schedule an appointment today!

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Did you know…

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The longer your dental issues are left untreated, the more damage occurs. And the more damage there is, the more money you need to pay to treat it.

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what you can expect from restorative dentistry

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Comprehensive Exam

Your dentist will begin by examining your teeth and assessing the extent of any dental problems. If they need more information about your dental health, X-rays may be taken.

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Recommended Treatment Plan

After your dentist diagnoses your problem, he'll discuss it with you before starting to formulate a treatment plan that will have you in great condition as soon as possible.

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Alternative Options

There are many options for treating missing teeth, including dentures, dental bridges, and implants. Your dentist can help decide what treatment is best suited for your unique lifestyle and budget.

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Sedation Options

Restorative dentistry procedures are performed while a patient is conscious. However, sedation is sometimes recommended, if you want to take the pressure off and make the treatment more comfortable.

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Scheduling & Follow Up

With urgent matters, you will likely need to receive the attention that same day. If your problem is manageable, we'll schedule your appointment at the time that is most appropriate for it.

Restorative Treatment Options

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Dental Fillings

If you have a cavity and it is not treated, you may develop tooth decay. After drilling the decayed dentin, a filling material will be used to replace some of the tooth's hollow area. The dentist may use tooth-colored resin or amalgam to fill in the hole caused by tooth decay.

Lab-Made Crowns

Lab-made crowns are designed outside our office. A technician will make a replacement tooth that is molded to fit around your natural tooth and cover it from top to bottom. Your dentist will help trim down the existing tooth and place the crown on top of it.

Dental Bridges

Missing one or more teeth can lead to several dental issues such as tooth decay and infection. Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth that have been lost due to gum disease or injury. They are attached to existing, healthy teeth, and perfectly mimic the lost teeth, in both color, shape, and size.

Root Canal Therapy

When your tooth gets infected, getting a root canal is the best way to treat it. If the deep pulp of your tooth becomes exposed to bacteria, which can happen if you crack your tooth, you might develop an infection that could easily
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Before they start, the dentist will numb your mouth and give you sedation to help you feel more comfortable. Afterward, they'll drill into the tooth until every decayed spot is gone from the surface layer down to the roots.

Full & Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are used when a patient loses a couple of teeth in an accident or due to an illness. People who have serious dental health issues or are missing all of their teeth can use full dentures to replace the top and bottom arch. A full denture is also an option when a majority of your teeth are missing. The rest of your teeth can be extracted to make room for full dentures.

Did you know…

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Tooth enamel is the hardest structure in your body. That’s why you should do your best to keep it intact for as long as you can.

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Have questions about restorative dentistry? Get the answers.

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what dental problems can be treated with restorative dentistry?

Restorative dentistry is all about restoring the appearance, function, and health of the teeth. In restorative dentistry, we treat tooth-related diseases, replace missing teeth, protect weak ones, and fill cavities.

The most common restorative procedure is one that most people have heard of or have received themselves which is dental fillings for cavities. When a tooth has become decayed but the decay has not become so extensive or severe that it has eroded the remainder of the tooth, we can remove the decay and restore the tooth with a dental filling.

More severe decay will need to be treated with a root canal, which removes the inflamed or infected pulp of the tooth and relieves the associated pain. Other restorative procedures include tooth replacement options such as dental implants, dentures, or bridges and protective measures such as dental crowns.

At Gleam Dental Studio, we offer a range of tooth restoration services to protect the appearance, function, and health of your teeth. If you need treatment for cavities, chipped or broken teeth, or tooth replacement, contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jeffery Korkus.

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what are my options for replacing missing teeth? 

It is important to replace missing teeth in the mouth to prevent shifting teeth, bone loss, and changes in the facial structure. There are three main options for tooth replacement and those are dental implants, dentures, or dental bridges. 

Dental implants are a permanent tooth-replacement method that involves implanting a titanium rod into the jawbone where it will fuse with the jawbone and act just like a natural tooth. This is a very durable and secure option that will not shift around and can last for a lifetime.

Partial or full dentures are removable artificial teeth used to restore the appearance and function of the teeth. Partial dentures are connected through a metal framework and attached to the teeth via metal clasps. Full dentures require the extraction of a patient’s remaining healthy teeth as they replace an entire arch or both arches of teeth.

Dental bridges replace a missing tooth by filing down the adjacent abutment teeth and fitting them with crowns which act as the support for the bridge. An artificial tooth is suspended in between the abutment teeth. The dental bridge is connected in one piece and cemented into place with dental cement.

can a broken tooth be repaired?

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A broken or chipped tooth can be repaired in various ways. Small chips can be addressed with dental bonding, covering the tooth with a crown, or covering the teeth with veneers. A broken tooth is a more serious concern and is considered a dental emergency. 

If the cause of the broken tooth is decay, this will need to be addressed potentially through a root canal procedure. Root canals are 95% effective and if the tooth is salvageable, a dental crown will be placed over the tooth to protect it from further damage or infection. However, if the tooth is not salvageable it will need to be extracted and replaced.

can i have my tooth extracted instead of repairing it? 

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Ideally, it is best to attempt to salvage a tooth before opting for extraction. While we understand that cost could be a concern and factor into why patients may not want to go through with root canal procedures, it’s important to understand the consequences of tooth extraction.

When a tooth is extracted, you will need to have the missing tooth replaced. Failure to replace the tooth will cause your teeth to shift and the surrounding teeth to lean into this space. This can cause crooked or overcrowded teeth. 

A missing tooth will also result in loss of the jawbone which can alter a person’s facial structure over time and cause a person to look older than they are. The only tooth replacement which preserves the jawbone is a dental implant.

Did you know…

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A quarter of people in the United States have no teeth. Restorative dentistry can help you prevent permanent loss of teeth.

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