Restorative Dentistry in Fredericksburg, TX
Give your smile a second chance.
Restorative Dentistry Benefits
When you have your teeth restored, you also recover the functionality of the teeth – this means that you can chew and speak like you used to. Dentists can reproduce the exact anatomy that the damaged teeth used to have.
No one likes having a toothache, and when cavities are left untreated, it can result in more pain and money down the road. If dentists spot them before it’s too late, they could restore them with a simple filling (or a crown if the damage is too extensive) and save you from acute tooth pain.
Our skilled dentist uses the best materials and works closely with lab technicians to create seamless fillings, temporaries for crowns, and other dental restorations. You can expect that your restorative work will look and feel just like your natural teeth.
How Restorative Dentistry Works
Restorative Dentistry FAQs
- Should I have my tooth extracted instead of trying to save it? Unless strictly needed, no dentist would advise a patient to have a tooth extracted when there is still a chance to save it. Before doing any extraction, our dentist will first evaluate if there are any other viable options, like root canal treatments or fillings. Dentists can restore severely damaged teeth using materials and techniques that no one could have dreamed of only a few decades ago.
- How can I replace a missing tooth? There are multiple options available to patients, but the gold standard in tooth replacement are dental implants. No other restoration achieves the same results in terms of functionality and aesthetics. However, we also offer alternatives that might suit more reduced budgets, like full or partial dentures or dental bridges.
- How long does a crown last? It is hard to determine the exact lifespan of a crown, as it depends on multiple factors. But, with proper care, a patient can expect a dental crown to last up to 30 years.
- Do I need a crown or a filling? That depends on how much structure the affected tooth has lost. We try to preserve as much dental tissue as possible, so a filling will always be our first choice. But when the damage is too extensive, or if the tooth has been root-filled, our team will place a dental crown.
- What is the most popular material for fillings? Nowadays, the most frequently used restorative material is composite resins. Composite resins are a tooth color material that closely mimics natural enamel’s texture, transparency, and shade. Composite restorations are durable and highly esthetic and usually are the restorative dentist’s top choice.
- What is tooth wear? Tooth wear is the loss of external layers of the teeth due to natural or pathological wear down. It’s usually a consequence of night grinding or clenching, but sometimes there are other factors involved like diet, medical conditions (sleep apnea), or a problem in the patient’s bite. Our team can build affected teeth back up using composite resins, or bonding, and fit custom-made night guards to prevent it from happening again.
Dr. Hoerster and his team offers quality family, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry to families in Fredericksburg and the surrounding areas.