Restorative dentistry refers to dental work that focuses on repairing the damage that has been done to a tooth. This damage can be the result of decay, infection, or trauma. The goal of restorative dentistry is to restore a patient’s tooth to the best possible condition.
There are a variety of restorative treatments that our dentist can provide. These include:
Do you or someone you know have a cracked or broken tooth? The damage may be too extensive for a dental filling to repair. That’s when a dental crown comes in.
Dental crowns are made of porcelain, gold, or a mixture of the two. They fit over the tooth and restore its function, appearance, and structure.
It takes two appointments to place a dental crown. At the first appointment, your dentist begins preparing the tooth. After your tooth is prepared, the dentist will take an impression of your tooth. The impression will be sent to a dental lab, where your crown will be created. Dental crowns are made to match your other teeth, so your crown will look natural and blend in with your smile.
A dental bridge is a restorative dentistry treatment designed to replace one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge is molded to the unique shape of the patient’s mouth for a secure fit. It is anchored in place by dental crowns, which are placed on the natural teeth adjacent to the tooth gap. These patients enjoy restored dental function and a more beautiful smile.
A dental filling can restore a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures or wear. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite resin.
Composite resin is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture that can restore the natural appearance of a decayed, chipped, fractured, or worn tooth. The resin bonds to the tooth, and because it comes in a variety of tooth colors, it closely matches the appearance of your natural teeth.
Dental fillings can last for many years, but as with most dental restorations, they eventually need to be replaced. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits can extend the life of your fillings.
Dental implants are a permanent and ideal option for replacing missing teeth. An implant is a titanium post that is placed into the jaw and heals over the course of a few months. Once healed, a crown is cemented to the top of the implant to give the appearance of a natural tooth.