Whenever you want to get rid of tooth decay or replace your teeth, the type of treatment you use falls under restorative dentistry. Although restorative and cosmetic dentistry are used interchangeably, they are different. Cosmetic dentistry deals with improving your dental appearance. Some of the treatments under this category include bonding, teeth whitening, and contouring.
On the other hand, restorative dentistry involves the use of various treatments to restore the functioning of your teeth.
Some of the basic restorative dental services include:
A root canal procedure removes an infected pulp, stop the spread of the infection, and save your teeth. When you have decay, but one that is not too severe to warrant an extraction, the dentist may recommend getting a root canal done.
The procedure is normally done in two dental visits. The dentist will remove the pulp, clean the cavity, and fill it with dental fillings.
On your second visit, the dentist will use dental crowns to restore the strength of the teeth.
Teeth fillings restore the functioning of your teeth once the infected part of the tooth is removed. The teeth fillings are available in two types the metal fillings and the tooth-colored ones. The metal fillings are very durable and can withstand biting and chewing pressure. However, they are not aesthetically pleasing and are suitable for back teeth.
Dental crowns are caps used to encase the entire tooth to restore the size, shape, and appearance of the teeth. The crowns come in different options like porcelain, stainless steel, metal, ceramic, and porcelain-fused-to-metal. The type of crown used will depend on the location of the affected tooth.
Bridges are an affordable and non-invasive dental solution for missing teeth. The bridges need at least two dental visits to be fixed. On your first dental consultation, the dentist will examine your gums and teeth. Next, the dentist will take you through the different types of bridges. The type of dental bridge used will depend on the number of teeth missing.
Your teeth need reshaping to make room for the dental bridges. The process is irreversible, and it is important to consult the dentist before settling on the dental bridges.
Bridges are long-lasting and can stay put for 15 years with proper care.
Dentures are also used to restore missing teeth. These appliances are ideal if you have multiple teeth missing.
The dentures are available in two types: complete and partial. If you have more than half of all teeth missing, the dentist can recommend complete dentures. Your remaining teeth are extracted to create room for the false teeth for these dentures to be fixed.
Partial dentures, on the other hand, is used when you have multiple teeth missing. The dentures use the remaining teeth for support. If you have sufficient bone density, you may opt for implant-supported dentures.
Although the dentures are effective, they need constant adjustment because the jaw bone shrinks as we age. It is also vital to clean and care for dentures to increase their durability.
Teeth implants are a long-lasting solution for missing teeth. These are metal posts that are fixed on the jawbone to act as roots.
For the teeth implants to be fixed, you need to have sufficient bone support. Failure to meet the threshold creates the need for a bone graft to stimulate new bone growth. Bone grafting is the use of bone granules to generate new growth.
Implants take about nine months (if a bone graft is not done), and it involves a few steps to be complete.
Restorative dental services are geared to restore and improve your dental health. All these treatments are effective, but it is prudent to consult the dentist on which treatment is ideal for you. When you visit Lynn Alan Palmer, DDS, our dentist will examine your teeth and recommend the appropriate treatment. Our dentist will take care of you through each treatment, how it’s done, and the risks involved, if any.