Restorative Dentistry is a term that refers to the management of oral health problems and, more particularly, the restoration of the functionality and appearance of a patient’s teeth. This type of dentistry consists of a number of procedures which involve the use of veneers, caps, crowns, bridges, and dentures.
The primary objective of restorative dentistry is always to save as many of the patient’s natural teeth as possible. In some cases, a dentist may suggest to replace or repair damaged teeth. When some of the natural teeth are missing, the empty spaces are susceptible to the development of bacteria, which can result in tooth decay and cavities.
The empty spaces can also pull the remaining teeth out of alignment, which typically results in severe wear and a collapsed bite. Our dentists will offer solutions for a long term and short term to benefit your oral and overall health.
Do You Need Restorative Dentistry?
If you have problems with the appearance and functionality of your teeth, you may benefit from restorative dentistry. Although there may be alternative procedures at your disposal, it may be worth considering the benefits that it has to offer.
If you have a collapsed bite or related issue, it can affect your ability to chew and speak properly. Restorative dentistry uses dental bridges and crowns to restore the functionality of your teeth.
Missing teeth can influence your appearance and lower your confidence. Gaps between your teeth can also result in the accumulation of plaque which causes discoloration of your teeth and tooth decay. With restorative dentistry, you can have a mouth full of white teeth that are in alignment with each other. Often the subtle change of the shape or color of your teeth can help you start smiling today and ensure confidence.
Restorative dentistry allows for the repair and conservation of your natural teeth. Restorative procedures mostly pertain to the removal of plaque and the recovery of a tooth’s structural integrity.
Optimal Oral Health
Missing or broken teeth can affect your oral health in many ways. Affected areas are difficult to clean, which increases the risk of bacterial formation, tooth decay, and an increase in the occurrence of cavities.
Undergoing restorative dental proceedings makes it possible for you to have healthy teeth that are easy to clean.
What are your Options?
To find out which type of restorative dentistry is best, you have to schedule an appointment with your dentist. After a thorough examination, they will be able to make a diagnosis and recommend a suitable course of action. These recommendations can include:
Dentures are prosthetic replacements for missing or damaged teeth. Depending on how many teeth you have missing, your dentist may recommend either full or partial dentures.
An implant consists of a surgical component or titanium post that is placed in the position of the missing tooth. This component can then support any dental prosthesis such as a denture, crown, or bridge and is the closest option to having your natural tooth.
A crown is a custom made cover for your tooth that is recommended for a cracked tooth, a tooth that has previously had a root canal or a tooth with a large restoration. Crowns are done in two visits which include a preparation appointment where you will be made a custom temporary crown and a cementation appointment 1-2 weeks later to fit your permanent crown.
In some cases, patients have large gaps between perfectly healthy teeth. This is usually caused from extracted teeth but can occur naturally as well. Your dentist may suggest a bridge to close this gap and attach it to the two adjacent teeth. This option is often helpful in situations where multiple teeth require restorations and provides a viable long term restoration.
Damaged or missing teeth can have a negative influence on your appearance and ability to talk and chew, restorative surgery can make a big difference to your quality of life. If you are considering any of the listed options our doctors are happy to provide a consultation to discuss and provide you with all your options. Whether you are ready now or in the future, we are here to support you every step of the way. Contact Vellore Woods Dental today to schedule a consultation.