What is Restorative Dentistry?
Restorative dentistry helps to preserve your natural teeth so they can last as long as possible. If your teeth are damaged due to dental decay or trauma, then restorative dentistry will help to preserve as much of the tooth as possible, restoring it to full function so that you can eat, drink and speak normally without any pain or discomfort.
Which Dental Treatments are Restorative?
Typical general dentistry procedures that are considered to be restorative include tooth decay treatments (cavities) such as dental fillings, inlays and onlays. Most people have at least one filling, but imagine if teeth could not be repaired in this way; your dentist may have no other option but to extract a tooth. Luckily modern dental restorations can be made from the very latest materials in our own dental laboratory. Dental fillings can be made from tooth colored composite resin, or from porcelain, depending on the size of the filling.
We can make crowns and bridges from a wide variety of materials, including precious metals, porcelain fused to metal and metal free restorations (Zirconia). Each may be used in slightly different situations as some people don’t mind the look of porcelain fused crown, especially when the crown is in the back of the mouth Porcelain fused to metal crowns and bridges have a precious metal substructure that is covered with porcelain. These are strong and provide good esthetics. All-ceramic crowns and bridges provide the very best cosmetic results, and can be strong enough to be used for large bridges.
Root Canal Therapy (Endodontics)
Another excellent example of a restorative dental treatment is root canal therapy, sometimes referred to as endodontics. If your tooth has been damaged from an untreated cavity then bacteria can enter the tooth, infecting the nerve. This is something that can be very painful, and the infection will not clear up on its own.
Root canal therapy cleans the infected area, followed by a crown to restore the tooth so it can be restored to its normal function. Before this treatment was invented, dentists had to extract the tooth. Root canal therapy is almost always successful, and most people will go on to get many years of service from that tooth. Occasionally the tooth can become reinfected, and root canal retreatment will be necessary.
If the tooth cannot be saved with root canal therapy and an extraction is necessary, it can be replaced with a bridge or implant.
Dental bridges are anchored to existing teeth or to dental implants which cannot be removed. Dental implants can be restored with dental crowns which can support bridges or dentures.Leave a reply →