The term ‘restorative’ is to replace, or return missed or damaged teeth. If you’re missing teeth, then the dentist would perform a restorative form of treatment. The main objective behind restorative dentistry is to return a strong smiling appearance and function.
What Is Considered Restorative?
Restorative dentistry procedures focus on the following aspects:
- Filling empty gaps in the mouth
- Resolving misaligned teeth
- Removing decay with filling materials
- Strengthening and protecting your tooth structure
- Maintaining the position of your natural teeth
Nobody likes to have missing teeth as it can damage smiling confidence but also impacts the strength of your gums and jawbone. It is a sign that your oral health will degrade quicker than you’d naturally expect.
What Are The Types Of Restorative Dentistry Procedures?
If you’re seeking to fix any damage that may have occurred, or you’re seeking to fix any imperfections, here are the popular restorative dentistry procedures available:
Tooth fillings are designed to treat a cavity (a tiny hole) that’s appeared owing to the buildup of bacteria and acid which can attack your enamel. The dentist will apply either porcelain, amalgam, or composite resin. The dentist will remove any decay in the affected area, fill the tooth and polish it over the filling. Your bite would need time to adjust to the filling but would require care when brushing and flossing your teeth around it.
Dental crowns are another form of a permanent restorative solution, where the crown serves as a cap that protects around your damaged tooth and prevents it from undertaking any further damage. It is an ideal option for those with cracked teeth or a dental cavity. The dentist would take an impression of your teeth so the crown can be formed accordingly.
Dental Implants are a prosthetic natural-looking replacement for missing teeth. There are three parts to the treatment.
- Titanium Screw – This is known as the implant infused into the jawbone
- Abutment – A structural support to the implant and a base to the final part, the crown.
- Crown – The prosthetic tooth that sits on top, acting as the replacement
As a stand-alone, aesthetic and functioning solution, a dental implant ticks all the boxes because they’re designed to look and feel like a normal tooth.
Full and partial dentures have been around since dentistry even existed. Full dentures are an acrylic base that fits over your gums to cover the roof of your mouth, an option if most of all your teeth have fallen out. There are also partial dentures, which act as a bridge to replace multiple missing teeth.
Dentures are considered a cost-affordable choice compared to implants and are also aesthetically pleasing.
Take Care Of Your Restorative Work
When restorative dentistry work has been performed, it is important that you continue to maintain a strong oral routine to avoid returning to the dentist for replacement work. Continue to brush your teeth twice a day but be extra careful around the areas that have been replaced. Keep your mouth clean from debris to avoid dental plaque build-up and enjoy your favourite foods but avoid eating them close to the restored area.
Consult your dentist on the best restorative dentistry procedures for your smile!
If you live around Parkdale, our professional dental team of Dentist Parkdale is here to help you.