What is restorative dentistry?
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Left untreated, dental issues can become more severe and expensive the longer you wait.
What to expect at your initial restorative appointment
Personal Treatment Plan
Options and Alternatives
Appointments & Follow-Ups
Preventive Treatment Options
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.
Inlays and Onlays
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.
Same-day crowns have all the same benefits of lab-made crowns, all without the wait. Utilizing advanced CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Design/Manufacturing) technology, you can get a brand-new smile in a single visit.
Same-day crowns repair and provide extra strength for your tooth by covering the tooth structure all the way to the gum line. To prepare your tooth for the crown, your dentist will trim away the damaged or decayed portion of the tooth, and shape it to create a sturdy base and ensure a comfortable fit and finish for your crown.
Once the tooth has been trimmed and shaped, we’ll take a 3D scan of your bite, which the milling machine will use to immediately begin crafting your new crown. After about an hour, your crown will be finished, and your dentist will double-check the fit and appearance before permanently securing it to your tooth.
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.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy involves removing the pulp from the inside of an infected or damaged tooth. Although it is most common to receive a root canal on a molar or premolar, the procedure can be done on any of your teeth.
A successful root canal results in the removal of all traces of infection from the tooth, and filling the empty space, usually with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. This helps to stop the spread of infection, and can also help keep the tooth strong to prevent future problems. We’ll always try to save your natural teeth whenever possible, and a root canal may help you avoid more invasive procedures in the future.
To perform a root canal, your dentist will use specialized ultrasonic instruments or hand files to clean out all infected tissue within the tooth, then irrigating the canals with an antibacterial solution. Once the infection has been removed and the tooth has been filled, most patients can expect to recieve a dental crown to protect the tooth.
Full & Partial Dentures
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.
Did you know…
Over 3 million Americans have restored their smiles with dental implants.
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What issues can restorative dentistry solve?
Restorative dentistry can restore the form and function of infected, damaged, or missing teeth, while preventing further damage down the line. Additionally, if you’ve experienced any sort of dental trauma due to an injury or an accident, restorative dentistry can return your smile to a healthy, functional state.
What are the benefits of restorative dental procedures?
Restorative dental treatments like root canals, crowns, and implants may seem intimidating to some patients, but thanks to advancements in technology and dental techniques, restorative dentistry is more comfortable and convenient than ever. Getting the restorative dental treatment you need at the earliest opportunity can help you to avoid future issues, dental pain, and more costly procedures. In addition to saving both time and money in the long run, you’ll also get the peace of mind you deserve, knowing that your grin is in good shape. Plus, restorative dentistry can also restore your confidence by improving the overall appearance of your smile.
What is considered a dental emergency?
Any oral health condition or injury that requires immediate attention and cannot be treated at home is considered a dental emergency. Conditions like toothaches that don’t stop, continued oral pain or discomfort, chipped or broken teeth, missing or lost dental work, and bleeding gums fall into this category. If you’re unsure if what you’re experiencing qualifies as a dental emergency, just know that it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Get in touch with us right away to find out if you need emergency dentistry.
Does my insurance cover restorative dentistry?
Many insurance plans cover a portion of the cost of necessary restorative procedures, but the extent of your coverage can vary, depending on your unique policy. As a common example, your insurance may cover the cost of simple fillings or root canals, but may not provide full coverage for dental implants. To gain a full understanding of your own coverage, we recommend reaching out to your insurance provider for details. Also, you can always get in touch with our knowledgeable and friendly team, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you maximize your benefits at our practice.
Did you know…
About 25% of American adults are missing all of their teeth. We can help restore your smile.