The field of restorative dentistry covers a wide range of dental services that are all aimed at helping patients restore their oral health and boost their confidence in their smiles. Restorative dental care can help patients who have experienced tooth decay, gum disease, or oral trauma. From simple procedures like dental fillings to more complex treatments like replacing missing teeth with dental prosthetics, restorative treatment can help get your smile back.
Dental issues can become more severe and costly the longer you wait to treat them.
One of the most common restorative dental procedures, dental fillings can repair decayed teeth that have been damaged by cavities or other oral health issues. Depending on the location and extent of the damage, and your overall oral health, different materials can be used to create fillings. These materials include composite resin, gold alloys, metal amalgam, porcelain, and glass ionomer cement. If you think that you may have a cavity, getting it checked out as soon as possible can help to prevent the decay from spreading. When left untreated, cavities can grow, and more invasive procedures like root canal therapy, or even extraction, may be required to restore your oral wellbeing.
Dental inlays and onlays can improve both the look and function of your smile. Dental inlays are used to restore part of a damaged tooth that is too large for a dental filling, but not large enough to require a crown. Dental onlays are similar, though they are used to restore the chewing surface of a tooth. They can be made from gold, porcelain, composite resin, or another tooth-colored material.
Dental crowns are “caps” that restore damaged teeth by covering them down to the gum line. Lab-made crowns use the highest-quality materials and are created by a dental technician at a state-of-the-art dental lab. To begin the dental crown process, your dentist will trim and shape your damaged tooth to make it an ideal base for attaching your new crown. Then, we’ll take impressions, using either putty or digital scans, of your bite before sending it to the lab where your restoration will be crafted to your unique specifications.
While you’re waiting for your permanent crown, which will take a few weeks, we’ll provide you with a temporary crown to wear in the meantime. Once it has been completed, the lab will send us your finished crown, and you’ll return to our office for the final placement. Before securing the crown, we’ll make sure it fits perfectly and make any necessary adjustments so your new smile looks great, feels comfortable, and functions seamlessly.
A dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic that can be used to replace one or several missing teeth in a row. To place a dental bridge, crowns must be placed on the teeth surrounding the gap in your grin to support the bridge.
Dental bridges come with several advantages, like reduced sensitivity from exposed roots. Also, since they’re supported by your natural teeth, they can improve your ability to chew and speak comfortably.
Dentures are removable dental appliances that are designed to replace missing teeth and gum tissue. Partial dentures can be a solution for patients that are missing one or a several of their natural teeth. Full dentures are used to replace a full arch of missing teeth. Dentures can be made from a variety acrylic and composite materials, and are held in place with suction, dental adhesive, or a metal framework that clips into your remaining healthy teeth. Dentures are a convenient, affordable way to restore your grin.
Oral surgery might be necessary for some patients in order to prepare for restorative treatments like dental implants, to remove impacted teeth, or to correct severe orthodontic issues.
Bone grafting is performed to replace lost jaw bone mass and promote bone regrowth, and is a fairly common oral surgery. Good candidates for bone grafts are patients experiencing weakened jawbones as a result of tooth loss, periodontal disease, or the natural aging process. Bone grafts are often necessary to ensure a patient’s jaw bone is strong enough to support the placement of a dental implant.
Patients receiving a full set of dentures or full-arch dental implants may require a tooth extraction, as a full-arch of prosthetics needs a completely empty arch to be placed. However, we’ll always try to save your natural teeth whenever possible, so we will only recommend extraction as an option if we can’t restore your smile using other, less-invasive measures.
Over 3 million Americans received dental implants to restore their smiles.
As the name suggests, restorative dentistry aims to restore the form and function of infected, damaged, or missing teeth, while helping to prevent more damage later on. Restorative dentistry can also repair damage caused by any sort of dental trauma caused by an injury or accident.
Restorative dental treatments like root canals, crowns, and implants have many benefits. Although these may seem intimidating to some, advancements in dental techniques and technology have made restorative dentistry more comfortable than ever. Don’t put off getting restorative dental treatment, as getting the care you need quickly can help you to avoid future oral health problems that come with dental pain and more invasive, costly procedures. Not only will you save yourself time and money, but you’ll also be able to smile with confidence, knowing that your bite is in good health.
The extent of your coverage can vary depending on your particular policy, but many insurance plans do cover at least a portion of the cost of restorative procedures that are deemed necessary. For example, your insurance might cover the cost of a simple filling, or root canal therapy, but they may not provide the same coverage for dental implants. For a complete understanding of your own coverage, we recommend reaching out to your carrier for details. Alternatively, our knowledgeable and friendly team is standing by to answer any questions you may have and find out how to maximize your benefits at our office.
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