With proper oral hygiene and a bit of good look, some people can keep their natural teeth for their entire lives. But when that doesn’t happen, it is still possible to have complete function dentition and a healthy mouth with restorative dentistry. Restorative services at Leesburg Family & Cosmetic Dentistry include procedures that repair damaged teeth or replace teeth that have been lost. Dental Implants – For lost teeth, there is no better replacement than dental implants. While dentures or dental bridges are adequate, only implants are permanent and replace the root of the tooth in addition to the crown. That means that the bone structure is maintained throughout the jaw, which prevents sunken cheeks and facial weakness around the mouth. Dental Bridges & Crowns – A dental bridge can replace one missing tooth or a few missing teeth that are in a row. Unlike a denture, a bridge is not removable. It works by being anchored to the two teeth that are on either side of the gap caused by missing teeth. The missing teeth are replaced with crowns or false teeth, and the entire bridge is cemented in place. Tooth Colored Fillings – White or tooth colored fillings match your teeth, but their benefits are more than just cosmetic. The resin material bonds better to your teeth than metal fillings do, and tooth colored fillings do not cause the pain that metal fillings can when coming in contact with metal utensils. Tooth colored fillings are also mercury-free. Wisdom Teeth & Extractions – When wisdom teeth or other teeth are doing more harm than good, it is best to have them removed. Wisdom teeth are especially problematic for many people. Extraction is not necessary if your wisdom teeth are properly aligned, but very often, they crowd other teeth or they can’t fit between teeth correctly and come in angled or even horizontal. If extraction is recommended, having them removed at an earlier age usually means a less complicated extraction. Root Canal – Root canal can save a tooth that is in danger of being lost or needing extraction. Root canal is a comfortable procedure, thanks to modern technology. During root canal, the tooth is cleared of decay on the inside and restored from the inside out. Dentures & Partials – For missing teeth, dentures and partials are the most economic option. Well-fitting dentures can restore your self-confidence, the ability to eat a variety of foods, and your smile.