Restorative dentistry is the prevention and treatment of diseases of the teeth to restore them to their best health. It involves the repair or replacement of non-functional or damaged teeth. The goal is to save teeth and to provide teeth that look, feel, and work like natural teeth. The restored teeth also help keep your other teeth spaced correctly for a normal bite. While each case is different, there are a few restorative dentistry procedures that are among the most common services provided to our patients. Knowing whether your prospective procedure falls under restorative or cosmetic can help save you thousands in terms of what’s billed as an elective practice versus restorative. Here is a look at some of the most common dental restorative services treated by our professionals at Rightway Dental: While it is entirely okay to rely on the recommendation coming from your trusted dentist, it is often best to do your own research just to get yourself informed. It’s also crucial to carefully weigh-in your options between dental crown and tooth bridge before deciding if one of them is right for your specific needs. To make an informed decision here, here’s what you need to know:
- Fillings – Whether they are amalgam (metal) or composite (white), fillings are the most common restorative dentistry we see. These are used to structurally repair and stabilize a tooth that has been deteriorated from cavities and decay.
- Crowns – If a tooth has suffered significant decay and is irreparable via fillings, it may be time for dental crowns (or as commonly known as caps). These restorative processes involve constructing a “cap” that covers the entire tooth down to the gum line in order to protect it from further damage.
- Bridges – Similar to crowns, bridges are used to cover an area that has suffered a tooth extraction. It involves several crowns that are merged together and then bonded to the nearest healthy teeth on either side of the gap in order to “bridge” the missing tooth with a porcelain replacement.
- Bonding – If you have chipped or broken teeth, bonding is usually the restorative practice used for repairs. Bonding is the process of recreating the missing portion of enamel by forming and bonding composite materials to the remaining tooth.
- Implants – If damage in the teeth is significant, dental implants may be a viable decision. This is the process of replacing existing tooth structures with implanted artificial teeth. The artificial teeth, made of a metal structure, can be attached to replace the missing tooth.