Restorative dentistry is a broad term that encompasses the health, function, and appearance of teeth and the mouth in general. Through integrated management of all oral health problems, a skilled dentist can “restore” the mouth to a functional and attractive state.
Restorative procedures repair or replace missing and/or damaged teeth or parts of the tooth’s structure. The problems may have arisen due to poor oral hygiene and resulting decay, deterioration of a prior restoration, or a tooth fracture or injury.
Examples of Restorative Dental Procedures. There are many types of restorative dental procedures. Anything that returns the form and function of the tooth to its’ original or near-original state can be considered restorative work. Common examples include:
- Fillings: This is the most common type of dental restoration, usually used to combat decay. Teeth can be filled with amalgam materials or tooth-colored resins.
- Crowns: These special caps look just like a regular tooth. They are placed over the original tooth to restore its shape and function.
- Bridges: Bridges are replacement teeth that span gaps created by missing teeth. They look like regular teeth once they are in, making it easier to eat and talk.
- Implants: Where crowns and bridges are used to replace or restore teeth, implants replace teeth roots. Implants may be used in place of dentures or bridges.
- Dentures: These removable teeth replace missing teeth. Flesh-colored acrylic bases fit directly over the gums. They are available as complete or partial sets.
Benefits Of Dental Restoration. Dental restoration helps keep your teeth functioning properly and looking good, making it easier to eat and talk. Some procedures help retain facial appearance and protect the jaws, gums, underlying tissues, and remaining teeth.
Candidates For Dental Restoration. Due to the wide variety of procedures available, almost anyone is a candidate for dental restoration services. Teeth with slight decay can be filled. Teeth that have been damaged can be crowned. Teeth that are missing can be replaced with implants or dentures. As long as your mouth is generally healthy, chances are there is a restorative procedure for you.
Is restorative dentistry covered by insurance? Many restorative procedures are covered at least in part by dental insurance. We are happy to provide you with cost estimates so you can see how much your insurance will pay for the procedure.
How many appointments are needed for restorative procedures? The number of visits required depends on the treatment. Fillings can be done in a single appointment. Crowns may require two appointments. Dentures may require multiple appointments, especially if you are having teeth removed.
Will I be sedated? No. Restorative procedures do not require sedation. Novacaine will be used to numb the tooth and nerves that are being worked on, but you will remain awake for all procedures.
Visit Susan P. Anderson, DDS For Restorative Dental Services In Rockford, Rockton, And The Surrounding Area
If your teeth or gums are bothering you, contact our office as soon as possible for a complete evaluation. There are many treatment options that we can pursue to help restore the function of your teeth.
The best way to find out if you are a candidate for dental restoration and which type of restoration is best for your particular situation is to speak to Dr. Anderson. Contact Susan P. Anderson, DDS General Family Dentistry at 815-623-1900 to arrange an appointment today.