Rebuilding Oral Health in Oak Lawn
Tooth decay and injury cause the teeth to have damaged structures. Eventually, their health can deteriorate to the point of loss or extraction. However, these teeth can be treated with restorative dentistry.
Andrew J. Sampalis, DDS, and Associates, Ltd., provides restorative dental care to patients. Our practice helps the families of Oak Lawn, Alsip, and Worth reconstruct their oral health.
Crowns and Bridges
A tooth requires a crown when cavities and cracking have jeopardized its health. These caps cover the tooth to improve durability and to seal it off from decay-causing bacteria.
If not treated in time, the tooth may be lost. To replace a missing tooth, a bridge uses two adjacent crowns to suspend new teeth at the site of loss.
For both types of prosthetics, Dr. Sampalis prefers ones made of porcelain or zirconia. Both materials look almost identical to natural tooth enamel, so your crown or bridge will look as realistic as possible. They are completely hypoallergenic, making them ideal for patients allergic to metal restorations. They are also durable enough to keep your smile healthy for years to come.
Dentures and Partials
Full dentures and partial dentures are both used when more teeth are lost than a bridge can replace.
Partial dentures contain a series of new teeth in an acrylic framework with metal clasps. These fasteners wrap around neighboring teeth to stabilize the entire prosthetic.
A full denture is used to replace an entire arch. The prosthetic relies on the natural suction of the mouth for stability and can be further secured with the use of dental adhesives. Though not as stable as implants, full dentures provide a non-surgical solution to losing all teeth.
Dental Implant Restorations
For those who qualify, dental implants are the most stable restorations for any number of lost teeth. The implants work as artificial tooth roots that secure crowns, bridges, and dentures in place.
As a result, implants prevent accelerated jaw bone resorption. Traditional, nonsurgical restorations do not provide a replacement tooth root, and so they do not stop the jaw from shrinking. Implants, however, are the new tooth root.
Contact Us for Restorative Dentistry
Andrew J. Sampalis, DDS, and Associates, Ltd., offer restorative care to all our patients. If you need to rebuild or replace the structure of your teeth, call us and schedule an appointment today.