Restorative dentistry involves an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to dental treatment to deliver optimal tooth function, health, and esthetics. Your dental team generally applies its expertise and experience in the various aspects of dentistry to give patients the best possible long-term solutions.
Considering that most modern restorations are designed to give you a natural look and feel, or improve on your existing appearance, restorative procedures tend to overlap with cosmetic treatments. This means that we not only help to repair your teeth and restore function, but also improve the appearance of your smile.
General Restorative Procedures
Restorative treatments involve the diagnosis - including x-rays - and the treatment of conditions that affect your teeth, gums, and jaw or the maxillofacial region. These include:
Prosthodontics - These are the treatments used to replace damaged or missing teeth to restore the function of your mouth, prevent future oral health concerns, and bring back your natural smile.
Crowns - These are tooth-shaped caps that are placed over a damaged tooth to protect the tooth structure and strengthen it. For aesthetics purposes, most crowns are made from ceramic, a hard, tooth-colored material that helps them look natural.
Bridges - These are used to fill gaps between missing teeth to keep the adjacent teeth from shifting. They help to restore function and beauty to your mouth.
Implants - Dental implants are the most popular tooth replacement option. They give you the same look and feel as your natural teeth
Dentures - Full dentures are used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth, whereas partial dentures can also be used to replace several missing teeth if you wish to preserve any remaining healthy natural teeth. Dentures can be supported by implants to provide greater stability.
It is recommended that you visit your dentist every six months for professional cleaning to prevent the buildup of disease-causing bacteria in your mouth, and dental exams to help identify problems in the earliest stages for timely intervention before they become a serious problem. Learn more about dental restoration.