Know How Restorative Dentistry Can Help You
Modern dentistry involves a lot of things.
General and family dentistry is focused on preventive care. Cosmetic dentistry is a way to help you improve the appearance of your teeth or your smile.
And restorative dentistry is intended to help you regain the function of your mouth and teeth.
Today, our focus is on explaining restorative dentistry and how it could help you or someone that you love. As you’ll see, the broader areas of dentistry aren’t walled off from one another. Many times restorative treatments have cosmetic and preventive benefits as well.
At Hubbard & Leath Dental, we want all every patient to have the best experience possible while in our dentist office in Rochester Hills, MI, but we also want the work that we do to benefit you in your daily life as well.
Not A Perfect World
If we lived in a perfect world, no one would ever get a cavity. No one would ever have gum disease.
And no one would lose a single tooth, much less every single tooth in their mouth.
We don’t live in that world. We live in the world where tooth decay eats into teeth, gum disease causes more teeth to fall out that anything else, and accidents cause people to chip their teeth or knock them out completely.
This is why we need restorative dentistry.
What is restorative dentistry? A dictionary definition is that it is the field of dentistry that involves “the restoration of diseased, injured, or abnormal teeth to normal function.”
That’s fine for a dictionary, but restorative dentistry is better understood by explaining the different ways it can help patients like you, your family, and your friends.
We know this is a blog, but we will do our best to show you the kinds of things that can be done as part of restorative dentistry. We will start with the simplest procedures and work up to the most complicated treatments.
If you’ve ever had a cavity, then you probably received a filling. From a purely restorative purpose, it does not matter what kind of filling your receive.
An amalgam filling (made with a combination of mercury and other metals), a gold filling, and a white filling all serve the same purpose. They fill in the part of your tooth that was damaged by tooth decay. When the filling is set, your tooth will function the same as it did previously.
Tooth-colored fillings are a way that cosmetic dentistry overlaps with restorative treatments. By getting a white filling, your tooth will look the same as it did. You may prefer this to metallic fillings that call attention to the fact that you once had a cavity.
◼︎ Dental Crowns
A dental crown is meant to restore a tooth that is damaged, decayed, or discolored.
A worn down, chipped, or broken tooth may be more sensitive than the teeth around it, which could affect your comfort when biting and chewing. A dental crown can be used to repair the tooth, so you can chew without sensitivity, and restore its original appearance.
If tooth decay has caused too much damage, a filling won’t be enough to repair it. In those cases, a dental crown can be used to cover the remaining healthy parts of the tooth after the decay has been removed.
A traumatic accident could affect an individual tooth in a way that causes it to change color. A dental crown can fix the injured tooth and revive its appearance.
◼︎ Dental Bridges
If you lose multiple teeth in an accident or due to oral hygiene problems, then a dental crown won’t be enough. This is where dental bridges are a useful service.
Dental bridges are created by combining multiple dental crowns together. When placed, you will be able to eat once again, and your smile will look complete as well.
It’s an unfortunate fact that some people lose all their teeth or a complete arch of teeth. Traditional dentures have some restorative qualities, but if we are being honest, they are used equally for cosmetic purposes.
To fully experience the restorative qualities of dentures, we would suggest getting dental implants to hold the dentures firmly in place. Implant-supported dentures not only look realistic, they also allow the wearer to eat almost as well as someone with all of his or her original teeth.
Want To Know More?
If you have questions about restorative dentistry, feel free to visit our dentist office in Rochester Hills, MI.