Restorative dentistry refers to a number of procedures that fix or prevent any problems involving the teeth, gums and bone. Even with proper planning and maintenance, accidents and emergencies happen. When these unplanned problems affect your teeth, restorative dentistry fixes the problem and returns your mouth back to health.
What is Restorative Dentistry?
The primary goal of restorative dentistry is to keep your mouth healthy, functional, and pain free. This is achieved by preventing and correcting common diseases using procedures including dental crowns, implants, fillings, root canals, grafts, and emergency dental services.
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Why is restorative dentistry important?
Restorative dentistry is important because the various treatments options are able to repair or replace damaged or missing teeth due to disease or trauma. With dental cavities being the most common disease in the United States, restorative dentistry is able to reverse any damage that cavities cause. Even if the tooth is not salvageable, it can be replaced with a dental implant which performs just as well as a natural tooth. Fixing and maintaining an ideal smile makes it easier to maintain hygiene habits which prevents the diseases from plaque buildup. Additionally, missing and diseased teeth negatively affects your physical and mental health, appearance and self esteem. Below we discuss several common restorative treatment options and how they can improve your health and smile.
When do I need a dental filling?
Dental fillings are necessary once a tooth has been compromised or damaged due to decay or trauma. They are a popular and versatile treatment option to restore a tooth back to optimal health and function. Quite often the affected tooth needs to be prepared by removing decay or smoothing down rough edges. Once cleaned, the missing tooth structure is filled and polished back to its normal state. Finally, the filling seals out the affected area and helps prevent further decay, returning the tooth back to health.
When is a dental crown necessary?
Crowns are required when a significant amount of natural tooth structure, typically 50-80%, is missing due to decay or replaced with a filling. Dental crowns protect the underlying tooth from breaking, much like a safety hardhat protects your head from falling debris. When a tooth shows signs of breaking, a crown goes a long way to ensure the tooth will last for many years to come. Crowning teeth is especially important for people who grind and clench due to the increased wear and tear. This can potentially save a tooth from extraction by preventing an unpredictable fracture that splits the tooth in half.