What is Restorative Dentistry, and Do You Need It?

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What Is Restorative Dentistry?

Simply put, restorative dentistry is the replacement of missing or damaged teeth, but the full answer is far more complicated. Restorative dentistry covers a wide array of procedures, all aimed at improving your smile and oral health. No matter your unique situation, a great dentist will work with you to understand your needs and wants, establish care, and provide details on how you can maintain and even improve your oral health.

Why You Need Restoration

Perhaps you are not realizing that you may need restorative dentistry, and it can be challenging to prioritize seeking the appropriate care after your teeth become damaged. Plenty of our patients have come to us months after an accident or decay simply because they were unaware of the consequences. Prevention is the key. Preventing a problem is much better, less treatment, and less costly than addressing a problem after something breaks when it could have been prevented. Many do not realize that your cheeks are held in place by your teeth. When you lose teeth the cheeks in that area cave in giving a person an old appearance , a caved in look.

before and after

with teeth and no teeth and bone loss

Neglecting needed restoration (fillings, or crowns) can cause several problems. For one, replacing missing or damaged teeth is imperative to maintaining the alignment of your smile. Your teeth can shift, leading to more problems down the line. In addition, your oral health may suffer if you fail to seek care. Bone loss, gum disease, and even further tooth loss can develop if you don’t seek restorative dentistry.

Finally, we should talk about your appearance and self-esteem. Many people are already self-conscious about their smiles. If you have missing teeth or ones that are damaged, it can be detrimental to your self-image. Even if you’re replacing teeth only for aesthetic reasons, you are perfectly justified in doing so.

Who Needs It?

So, who needs this service? Plenty of people receive restorative dentistry every day. Remember when we said that restorative dentistry covers a wide range of services? You may have even had some restorative dentistry done without knowing it. Here are a few of the most common procedures that we provide:

  • Cavity Fillings: Fillings are one of the most common forms of restorative dentistry. A dentist removes decay and replaces it with a dental filling.
  • Crowns: A crown is also a popular solution for decay. When a filling isn’t enough to correct your tooth, a cap called a crown is placed over the top of damaged teeth to protect them from further harm.
  • Bridges: Permanent Bridges are used to replace multiple teeth in a row. When several teeth are damaged, a bridge can be placed using the surrounding teeth or dental implants for support.
  • Dentures ( removable bridge): Everyone has seen a set of dentures. This dental restoration sits in the mouth, acting as a prosthesis for missing teeth, and it can be held in place by an artificial palate or dental implants.
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants serve as artificial roots for the teeth. They are usually gently placed into the jawbone and are an attaching point for crowns, replacement teeth, bridges, or dentures.

It’s easy to see that restorative dentistry serves many purposes and can be used to improve your oral health and enhance your smile. If you find yourself wondering whether you need this service, we hope you’ll use this blog to help you make the best decision for your health. If you’re looking for a great dentist with an appointment tailored to your needs, we hope you’ll contact us to schedule your next appointment.