If you are already a patient here at the Cosmetic Dentistry Center, then you will know how strongly we all feel about preventative dentistry. This combines treatments designed to help keep your teeth and gums healthy and free from disease. Preventative dental care includes your regular checkups and hygiene appointments, and fluoride treatments. So where does restorative dental care fit in? Restorative dentistry helps to repair damage to your teeth while preserving as much of the natural tooth structure as possible. These treatments aim to prolong the life of your natural teeth through protecting and restoring them, so you can eat and talk without any discomfort or pain.
When Might I Need Restorative Dental Care?
Restorative dental treatments are used when teeth have become damaged in some way, either due to decay or infection, or because they have lost part of their structure due to trauma. Restoring teeth damaged in any way protects them and prevents them from becoming infected. A damaged tooth will have lost some of its strength. Any sort of break in the outer layer of tooth enamel makes it far easier for bacteria to get inside. Eventually these bacteria can cause decay and infection that without treatment could lead to tooth loss.
Problems That Require Restorative Dentistry
Common problems that require treatment include cavities, or replacing ageing fillings that have begun to crumble or leak. Root canal therapy is a restorative dental treatment for teeth that are badly infected. Root canal therapy is a restorative dental treatment for teeth that are badly infected. Extensively damaged teeth may need dental crowns. You might be aware that something is wrong with one or more of your teeth, perhaps because you have noticed it’s become more sensitive towards hot and cold recently or that it has begun to ache slightly. Teeth that are chipped or cracked also require restorative dental care. Even if this damage to your tooth doesn’t annoy you, it could still lead to that tooth becoming infected in the future as any chips or cracks will let in bacteria. (Learn why mending a chipped tooth is important for your dental health).
Prompt Treatment Will Help Save Your Tooth and Will Be Cheaper
If you are aware of any problems with your teeth, it’s wise to seek restorative dental treatment as soon as you can. The sooner the tooth can be repaired, the more likely it is that we can save more of its original structure and treatment will be cheaper and more effective. Whereas allowing the damage to go untreated could mean you are faced with dental pain and a much bigger bill for restoring the tooth.
Finding out Which Treatments Will Work for You
When you come to visit us here at the Cosmetic Dentistry Center, our dentists will carefully assess any damage to your teeth. During this assessment we may need to take dental x-rays to show any damage that is hidden from view and which could affect treatment. A good example is where a tooth may have become infected because it is badly decayed or damaged. Once we have all this information, we will sit down with you to discuss which treatments we feel will be best so you can make an informed choice about what to do next. Once you decide, we can put together your fully customized dental treatment plan to restore your tooth.Leave a reply →