If your teeth has been slightly damaged, cracked, broken or a little uneven, then restorative dentistry is right for you. Restorative dentistry refers to the branch of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis and management of the diseases pertaining to your teeth, gums and the other surrounding tissues. This aims to restore the function as well as the appearance of your teeth. Restorative dentistry is very useful and beneficial to patients who would like to improve the quality of their smiles and their overall oral health. General dentists are able to perform most of the procedures under restorative dentistry, and some of these include fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures, dental implants, veneers and many others.
When is restorative dentistry best recommended?
- Restorative dentistry is an effective method to restore decayed tooth or a damaged tooth due to trauma
- It is applicable for the worn out tooth due to grinding and clenching, as well as to the tooth damaged by erosion
- It is appropriate for the tooth that has been fractured or injured
- Headache, and muscles and jaw pains
Restorations are also designed to replace missing teeth and repair tooth parts that have been damaged. Below are some of the procedures that are performed under restorative dentistry.
- Fillings is one of the most commonly used dental procedure that is performed in order to save a slightly decayed tooth. In fillings, materials such as gold, amalgam, silver and tooth colored plastic resins are being used
- Crowns are caps shaped like tooth that are used to mask teeth imperfections like chips, stains and minor damages. Crowns are a good way to restore the shape, size and color of a damaged tooth. It also helps to strengthen a weak tooth.
- Bridges are used in order to close the gaps or spaces because of missing teeth.
- Implants are a good alternative to replace missing teeth. Implants are made of a titanium post that are being placed inside the jawbone to replace tooth roots. After surgically placing the implant, it will be covered by a crown.
- Dentures are one of the top options when it comes to replacing missing teeth. If all of the teeth are missing then complete dentures are being used, but if there are only a few teeth missing and some natural teeth are left, partial dentures are what’s going to be used. Dentures are made from acrylic resin and there are times when they are combined metal attachments.
What are the benefits of restorative dentistry?
- Restorative dentistry helps remove any discomfort that is caused by a damaged tooth or a decayed tooth. As soon as you get the treatment done, you will no longer have to suffer from pain and discomfort. Even if you have a severely infected tooth, it can still be saved by having a root canal treatment, the infected part will have to be removed so as not to cause you pain anymore, then the damaged tooth will be filled in and sealed so that it can function again just like a natural tooth. Chipped or slightly broken tooth can also make it a little difficult for you to eat but you can have it restored with bonding.
- The restorations used in restorative dentistry look like your natural teeth. Procedures like crowns, fillings, dentures, bridges, veneers and implants, can be customized in a way that they will just look like your teeth and you will not even be able to tell the difference.
- Restorative dentistry restores your natural ability to speak and eat properly. A missing tooth or a damaged tooth can affect how you speak, how you chew and how you bite but with the help of restorative dentistry, you can get all these issues addressed to improve your teeth’s normal functions.
- Restorations can improve your overall oral health, because when you address these conditions of your teeth, their functions are restored.
- Restorations can improve your overall appearance. Addressing and correcting the imperfections of your teeth will not only restore their function, it will also improve your smile’s overall appearance so you will no longer have to be ashamed when you flaunt your pearly whites.
For more information on restorative dentistry, you can call Douglasville Dental Associates or visit us at (770) 400-0019.