Restorative dentistry is a type of dentistry that focuses on repairing damaged teeth. This treatment can also improve your overall oral health. It involves different types of procedures, such as fillings, dental crowns, bridges, and implants. Listed below are some of the most common types of restorative dentistry procedures.
Fillings are a common restoration treatment used to treat cavities and tooth decay. At-home oral hygiene care can remove most plaque buildup, but missed areas of plaque can lead to decay. When a tooth is decayed, it’s unable to fight infection and becomes at risk for more serious complications such as a root canal or tooth loss. A filling can typically be completed in one appointment at our practice. The affected tooth will be numbed beforehand to relieve any discomfort. Next, the dentist will drill the cavity to access the inner layer of the tooth. After that, the filling material will be added to the tooth and shaped to match its original shape and function. Finally, the tooth will be polished so that it looks and feels natural.
Crowns are sometimes called “caps” because they sit on top of the damaged tooth like a cap. They completely cover the tooth, protecting it from further damage while also restoring its strength and appearance. The crown is custom-made in a dental lab from high-quality porcelain or ceramic materials. Your dentist will secure the crown to the tooth using a durable resin or metal material that fits snugly on top of the tooth. Ceramic dental crowns are the most popular choice today because they are extremely natural-looking and durable. They are a good choice for teeth that are visible when smiling or talking.
A dental bridge is a prosthetic that replaces one or more missing teeth, bridging the gap in your smile. The bridge is secured by crowns on either side of the gap, which can be made of porcelain to blend in with natural teeth for a seamless appearance. Bridges are designed to match the size, shape, and color of the natural teeth they are replacing so that patients can enjoy an optimal function in addition to aesthetic benefits.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, dental implants may be the solution you’re looking for. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. If you take care of your implant properly—brushing twice a day and flossing regularly—it can last a lifetime!
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