What Is Restorative Dentistry? And Do You Need It?
September 30, 2017
Plenty of people have complaints about how their smile looks, but more important than the appearance of your teeth is how well they function. Loose teeth will compromise your ability to chew. Missing teeth will affect the shape of your face over time and leave holes in your smile. Gum recession will leave more of your teeth susceptible to bacteria, infections, and gum disease. Restorative dentistry repairs what’s broken, making your mouth fully functional again so you can eat, speak, and smile with confidence.
Types of Restorative Dentistry Procedures
One of the best benefits of restorative dentistry is that cosmetic dentistry is wrapped up within the solutions. Whatever repairs you undergo to support the foundation of your smile will also improve the appearance of your smile. Here are some of the most common restorative dentistry solutions:
- Crowns and bridges. Porcelain crowns cover severely damaged teeth that are not strong enough to receive a filling. Crowns also “cap” a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy, and can cover broken, cracked, decayed, misshapen, or stained teeth. When a dental bridge is used to replace missing teeth, crowns are used as anchors to hold the bridge in place.
- Dental implants. Dental implants offer more than just a replacement for an absent tooth. The implant itself acts as a new tooth root, stimulating the jawbone so that face shape is not compromised by missing teeth. Implants are permanent, look natural, and are comfortable.
- White fillings. When you need a cavity repaired or a repair for a chipped tooth, white fillings are an aesthetically pleasing option. These composite fillings also avoid the toxic ingredient of mercury found in amalgam fillings. The fillings are also tinted to match your natural teeth, so no one ever needs to know that you had a cavity.
- Inlays and onlays. It’s easy to assume that every restorative dentistry solution is a long and involved process, but inlays and onlays are a non-invasive solution for repairing damaged teeth. An inlay is layered over the inside of a damaged tooth while an onlay (aka a partial crown) covers the middle and at least one cusp of a tooth, quickly and easily rebuilding the tooth
- Pinhole gum rejuvenation. Gum recession will not go away on its own. However, gum grafting is not the only solution for this painful and unsightly condition. The Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST®) is a minimally invasive method for quickly and efficiently moving your gums back into their proper place, minus any scalpels or sutures.
Restorative dentistry also includes modern dentures, root canal therapy, tooth extractions, and periodontal treatment. In many cases, one-day dental restorations can be done – that means walking out of your Johns Creek dentist’s office with a new crown, inlays or onlays, and even veneers. You don’t have to wait for your dental repair or have multiple appointments. Our investment in modern dental technology makes one-day dentistry a reality.
Tooth restorations make your teeth work properly again so you can function normally, eat the chewiest and crunchiest foods you love, and not worry about the health and appearance of your smile. Make an appoingment with Dr. Patel at Family & Cosmetic Dental Care in the Suwanee area to discuss your oral health.