As an experienced restorative dentist in Timonium, MD, Dr. Karpovich helps patients with missing, damaged, and infected teeth. He can provide the final restoration for dental implants including dentures, bridgework, and places dental crowns. Restoring missing teeth, treating infected gums, or addressing TMD damage improves the long-term oral health of our patients.
Why is Restorative Dentistry Important?
Restorative treatments also act as preventative care to stop further dental problems from occurring. For instance, patients with one or more missing teeth are more prone to speech and chewing problems, facial sagging, tooth decay, gum disease, and further tooth loss. Dental restorations, particularly those secured with dental implants, stabilize and revitalize the tooth structure.
Dr. Karpovich has advanced training in many restorative dental treatments and works with patients on an individual basis to address needs and give them back a healthy and comfortable smile.
Dental Restorative Treatments
A dental treatment plan for damaged or missing teeth may include one or several procedures to achieve the desired result. Dr. Karpovich will take the time to fully understand your needs and to educate you on all appropriate treatment options for your consideration.
Dental bridges are used to replace multiple missing teeth. As a minimally invasive restoration, dental bridges use natural teeth covered by dental crowns to support prosthetic teeth. Bridges may also be secured with dental implants for a longer-lasting restoration.
Used as prosthetic caps for dental implants or damaged teeth, dental crowns are made of durable porcelain ceramic. Dental crowns look and feel like natural teeth because they reflect light and are color-matched to the shade of natural teeth.
Dental implants can secure bridges and dentures or be used to replace single missing teeth. They consist of a titanium dental post that is inserted into the jawbone. An abutment and dental crown are placed on top of the implant to restore the appearance of single or multiple teeth. We can refer you to an implant specialist for surgery and can restore
Dentures and Partials
Full or partial dentures replace arches of missing teeth or rows of lost teeth. Like dental bridges, dentures can be secured with multiple dental implants. Typically, four to six dental implants are used to secure an upper or lower arch of teeth.
Full Mouth Restoration
A full mouth restoration requires a series of dental procedures to improve the look, feel, and function of the smile. These procedures help patients who have injuries, infections, and cosmetic imperfections. Periodontal therapy, implant dentistry, laser dentistry, dental crowns, Invisalign, and teeth whitening may be used to restore patient’s smiles.
Gum Disease Treatment
When left untreated, gum disease can greatly impact the health and function of the smile. Gum disease, or periodontitis, causes gum recession, red and swollen gums, and even tooth loss. We provide an array of periodontal treatments to remove infection and restore the health of both the teeth and gums.
When the temporomandibular joint that connects the jawbone and skull is injured, it can cause a variety of problems. TMD or temporomandibular joint disorders can cause headaches, facial pain, teeth clenching, and grinding. Nightguards are the best treatment for patients who have bruxism or clench and grind their teeth at night.
Restorative Dentistry FAQs
Our patients may have questions about their options for restoring their teeth or gums in our Timonium office:
What is the goal of restorative dentistry?
The goal of restorative dental treatment is to restore or replace teeth. Restorative dentistry helps renew the full function of the smile by replacing missing teeth and repairing damaged or diseased teeth.
How can a broken tooth be repaired?
We can provide a dental crown to cover a tooth if it is broken or damaged. However, if the tooth is severely damaged or infected, it may need to be removed. Otherwise, dental crowns cover teeth like caps and blend in with other natural teeth. We can color-match your crown to ensure that it looks as natural as possible.
What do I do if I have a single missing tooth?
A dental implant is the best treatment if you have a knocked-out tooth. We work with specialists to schedule your implant surgery. Our dentists can provide dental crown restoration in our office.
Do I need bonding or a dental crown for a chipped tooth?
We will often recommend tooth bonding treatment for small chips in the tooth enamel. If you have a large chip or fracture that exposes the nerves within your tooth, we will recommend a dental crown. Dental bonding covers a portion of your tooth, while dental crowns cover your tooth fully like a cap. We will evaluate your damaged tooth to determine which option is right for you.
Can I replace my denture with implants?
If you have a removable denture and want a more stable restoration, you can receive an implant-supported denture. We will provide multiple dental implants to support your denture and ensure that your restoration stays in place.
Will I need a partial denture or a dental bridge?
We will recommend a dental bridge if you have consecutive missing teeth. Partial dentures can replace teeth that are missing in different parts of the smile.
Receive Restorative Care Today
Do you want to restore one or more missing teeth? Are you looking for treatment for irritated gums? Request an appointment with Dr. Karpovich on our website or call (410) 221-3085. Let Dr. Karpovich or a member of his dental team know if you have questions about your dental restoration options. They will be happy to help you.