You know that general dentistry ensures you have a healthy mouth; while more complex procedures are performed under the umbrella of prosthodontics dentistry to replace lost teeth or teeth that are damaged. But what then is restorative dentistry and when would you seek it out for your dental needs?
Restorative dentistry is defined as the individual restoration of teeth by means of amalgam, synthetic porcelain-like materials, resins or inlays. Simply put, restorative dentistry restores the mouth and teeth to a state that is not only functional, but aesthetically pleasing.
The goal of restorative dentistry is the same as with all dentistry procedures and specialties: to preserve your natural teeth for a lifetime of good health and great smiles. However, restorative dentistry also involves replacing natural teeth that are too far damaged to save, filling in the gaps left by the missing teeth. A restorative dentist will complete this task by inserting a dental implant with a bridge or with dentures, all of which promote oral health when teeth are missing. The gaps left behind by missing teeth places stress on those that remain, simply because there are fewer teeth to do the work of chewing and because when teeth are close to each other, they provide support, much like the stones in an arched bridge. Filling in the gaps left by missing teeth helps prevent cavities from invading the surrounding teeth and from teeth falling out from lack of support.
If you’re dissatisfied with the look and feel of your mouth, teeth and gums, then you definitely have options. Today’s dentistry provides ample choices that your dentist can explain and perform for a better look and feel. Those choices fall under two categories: direct or indirect restoration.
Direct Tooth Restoration requires that a filling be immediately placed into a tooth cavity. Depending on the location of the affected tooth, the dentist will choose the type of filling substance to use. The patient may have input into their preferred filling. Direct restoration can be completed during one office visit, given the procedures required are simple and don’t require a series of visits.
Indirect Tooth Restoration is a more complex procedure in which a patient may have to undergo multiple procedures that require a number of follow-up visits until restoration is complete. Indirect dental restoration employs dental prosthesis for restoration; these prosthetics are manufactured in a dental lab and include bridges, crowns, veneers, inlays, and dentures. The dentist cements the prosthetics into the patient’s mouth using a bonding paste for long-lasting results.
Dental restoration is available for persons with missing teeth due to extensive tooth decay, but you can avoid restorative procedures by instituting regular dental check-ups and employing good oral hygiene.
However, if you are planning to have or are recommended to undergo restorative dentistry, then speak with your dentist about which type is best for you. You may require one or the other or both.
For more information on restorative dentistry or to learn more about your dental options, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ernie Soto by calling 954-368-6264. Your dream smile may be just a phone call away.