Restorative dentistry is a term used to describe the different processes or methods used to help replace missing or damaged teeth. Here at Bruggeman Dental, we offer a whole variety of different procedures to suit you and your needs. With our knowledge and expertise, we will ensure the best possible long-term results for all of our patients, taking the utmost care to provide a five star service time after time. From fillings and crowns to bridges and implants, there are a myriad of restorative options out there to bring back your natural smile and protect you from any future oral health problems that may arise. Here you can find out more about what is restorative dentistry, the benefits of restorative dentistry and some of the procedures available.
What are the benefits of restorative dentistry?
There are many benefits to restorative dentistry, including (but not limited to):
Improved Jaw and Chewing Function – If you have misaligned teeth, it can cause you a whole host of problems from not being able to eat properly, teeth clicking and self-biting gums to headaches and trouble sleeping.
It is a long-lasting solution – The idea with restorative procedures is that they will last a long time and preserve your tooth as long as possible. They also help to strengthen your jawbone, which is better for you in both the short and the long run.
It can improve your appearance and self-confidence – Restorative dentistry can enhance the appearance of your teeth which in turn can greatly benefit your self-confidence.
More Comfortable – Tooth decay can cause you severe pain. Restorative dentistry can help to eliminate this, whether relaxing, eating or sleeping.
Types Of Restorative Dentistry
There are many types of restorative dentistry, and your dentist will be able to discuss with you the best option for your circumstances. Here are some of the main types of restorative dentistry available:
With a filling, the dentist will numb the area around the tooth that needs to be filled. The decay will then be removed with a drill, air abrasion instrument or laser. Once the decay has been completely removed, the dentist will fill the cavity with composite resin fillings before finishing the procedure by polishing the material and area around the filled cavity.
With a crown, firstly, your dentist will make an impression of your tooth, which is then sent off for the crown to be created. Once it has been made, the dentist will re-shape the tooth then fit the crown on top.
Dental implants work by a dentist gently placing the implant or “root” of the implant in your mouth where a small incision is made to make space for it. Your dentist can place multiple implants at once if needs be.
Root Canals are often a two-step process. The first is to drill down to the tooth pulp and clean the infection. The second is to then cover the hole with a permanent crown that will improve the appearance of the tooth and also protect it.
Extractions are often a last-resort but happen when the tooth needs to be permanently removed from the mouth. This is often the case if the tooth is causing a deal of pain to the patient and that it is beyond repair.