Restorative dentistry, in simple words, is the study of diagnosis and integrated management of maladies of the teeth and their surrounding tissues et al. and the rehabilitation of these in such a manner that their function and aesthetics are restored. In its most basic sense, restorative care includes procedures like fillings, periodontal care, and root canal therapy. Also, dental crowns and caps, and even dentures come in this bracket.
What is root canal therapy?
This is also termed as endodontic treatment, and this too comes within the purview of restorative dentistry. The outermost layer of the tooth is the enamel. The one inner to this is the dentine. The one inner to this even is the pulp cavity. This is made up of nerves, cellular matter, and blood vessels. During this procedure, this matter is taken out of the dental cavity. The cavity is then cleaned up thoroughly well and is disinfected. A substance like a gutta percha is inserted into this pulp chamber, and this is sealed off from the outside environs with cement. A dental cap or crown may be placed atop the existing tooth structure to give it strength and support. Many people have the misnomer that root canal procedure causes a lot of pain. This is not so the case. The only discomfort involved in the procedure is the injections which come with it. Other than this, there is no pain or sense of discomfort.
What are dentures?
These, in simple language, are false teeth. These are manufactured in the dental laboratory after taking the impressions of the gums and the existing teeth. These can be part of even full dentures. However, there is a bit of an issue associated with dentures. These are a bit visible to others around the patient who is wearing them. These can easily be spotted. Also, the manner of smiling, eating and talking to the patient gets a bit altered with their use. Also, the facial features of a person become somewhat different when a person wears dentures.
Dentures need to be removed each night and placed in a jar of cleansing solution into which a cleansing tablet has been added. The dentures are also brushed with this cleansing solution each night. They can be brushed with soap or a special denture cleaning paste as well. Also, dentures are not permanent. These need to be replaced after every five to seven years since they may become loose or ill-fitting with time. So also, they need to be shown to a dentist now and then for a professional clean-ship exercise which only a dentist can do.
Dental implants, on the other hand, are more permanent. Also, these can last for the entire duration of the lifetime of the patient if they are cared for properly. Also, dental implants come very close to the original set of teeth or even a single tooth of a person. The manner of eating, smiling and talking to a person can be restored back to its original format with these.
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