Restorative dentistry means treating or replacing damaged or missing teeth. As the term suggests, it is used to 'restore' teeth, either by removing them with artificial teeth or treating them from cavities to avoid future orthodontic problems. Restorative dentistry can be done on teens, adults, or seniors. It has no age restriction.
Why is Restorative Dentistry Done?
Restorative dentistry is important because:
- It repairs damaged teeth by filling them with dental restoratives and bonds
- It used inlays, onlays, and crowns to restore broken or chipped teeth
- They are also used to restore missing teeth completely with implants, bridges, and dentures
- They fill gaps in the mouth so that teeth are properly aligned
- They help to prevent infections by restricting plaque formation in the gaps of teeth
Types of Restorative Dentistry
The types of restorative dentistry are:
Fillings are the most commonly used dental restorations to treat cavities or cracks. They are used to restore the decayed parts of the teeth. Fillings last for several years and function like your natural teeth.
It is a teeth-colored cap that is placed over your teeth, restoring the natural size, shape, and functionality of your damaged, decayed, or chipped teeth. There are a variety of materials used to make crowns, the most popular being porcelain.
When more than one tooth goes missing, bridges are used to restore the look and functionality of the teeth. They are fixed using crowns on the anchor teeth. They, too, are made of porcelain.
It is an artificial tooth. A metal stud replaces the natural dental root and holds the implants in place. After this, a crown is placed over the teeth to restore the original aesthetics of the teeth. Most dental implants are made of titanium or stainless steel.
Veneers are thin, semi-transparent porcelain shells that are bonded to the teeth and act as cosmetic restorations to restore the original appearance of your teeth. They treat broken, chipped, or discolored teeth.
In this process, a composite material is chemically bonded to your teeth to treat discolored, broken, chipped teeth. They also fill in gaps between teeth and make your smile aesthetically pleasing.
They are artificial substitutes for your natural teeth. Dentures can be full or partial and restore the original functionality of your teeth.
In this process, the decay is removed, and the tooth cavity is thoroughly cleaned before filling it and securing the portion with a dental crown. It restores the appearance and strength of your teeth.
Please reach out to Cascade Dental Group in Salem, OR, to consult with our Dentists in Salem OR, Dr. Dahl and Dr. Coulombe. Please call us at (503) 399-0724 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.