Restorative dentistry combines various branches of dentistry including endodontics, periodontics and prosthodontics to diagnose, study and treat diseases related to the teeth. The practice also focuses on restoring the appearance of the teeth, using restorative devices like dental crowns, bridges and implants.
Restorative dentistry: Frequently asked questions
Some of the most frequently asked questions about restorative dentistry include:
What can be done about my missing teeth?
Restorative dentistry can be used to treat patients with missing teeth using several tools. The missing teeth can be replaced with dental crowns, dentures, dental bridges and dental implants. Dentures are the cheapest treatment option, but they are not as durable as the others. Dental crowns can be used to replace the missing teeth by attaching artificial teeth to two dental crowns that are cemented on the two adjacent teeth to the gap. Dental implants require surgery, but they are the most durable and natural looking replacements.
What can be done to treat my cavities?
Cavities can cause toothaches and sensitivity, but they can also lead to infection, which can cause more painful and complicated oral problems. When a patient experiences a toothache or sensitivity in the tooth, they should get the tooth checked out immediately to prevent further problems.
Can a restorative dentist repair a broken tooth?
The answer to this question depends on the cause of the break. If the tooth is broken because of decay, the patient will be at risk of losing the tooth if the decay has spread and been left untreated for some time. The dentist will try to save the tooth with a root canal, which involves cleaning out the tooth and removing the pulp. If the tooth can be saved, the dentist will cover it up with a dental crown, protecting the remaining tooth from further damage and possible infection. If the decay has gone too far, the dentist will extract the remaining tooth. If the tooth was broken from an accident or while eating, the dentist will likely be able to save the tooth and protect it with a dental crown.
Can a chipped tooth be fixed with restorative dentistry?
Yes, a chipped tooth can be saved using dental crowns, bonding or dental veneers. Bonding involves applying a tooth-colored composite resin material to the surface of the teeth and molding it to look like natural teeth. Dental veneers are wafer-thin porcelain shells that are bonded on the surface of the teeth to hide flaws like chipped teeth.
Should I have my teeth extracted instead of trying to save them?
Dentists always tell their patients they are better off with their natural teeth as opposed to artificial teeth because no matter how advanced technology gets, there is no substitute for the real thing. Having teeth extracted can cause problems like the bone density loss in the jaw, which affects the patient’s appearance and eventually makes them appear older than they really are.
Restorative dentistry can be used to treat oral health problems as well as cosmetic problems. If you are experiencing gum disease or tooth decay and also want to improve the appearance of your teeth, look for a dentist that practices restorative dentistry.
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