Restorative dentistry is a field of dentistry that aims to preserve the teeth and manage oral health problems while maintaining teeth and gums that are both functional and attractive. Many of the procedures used in restorative dentistry also fall under the umbrella of prosthodontic dentistry.
Some of the procedures used in restorative dentistry include fillings, bridges, crowns, dental implants, and full and partial dentures.
The aim of restorative dentistry is twofold. First of all, filling empty spots in the mouth by using dental implants or other methods helps to maintain the health of the mouth. Empty spaces are particularly prone to the buildup of bacteria which leads to plaque. Missing teeth also cause the remaining teeth to undergo excessive stress because there is less surface area available for chewing. Restoring the mouth by using procedures like dental implants helps to improve the overall health of the mouth. In addition, restorative dentistry helps to improve the confidence and well-being of the patient.
Basics of Restorative Dentistry
These are some of the most common procedures used in restorative dentistry:
- Fillings. If a tooth has a cavity, it is filled with a type of composite resin material. These fillings can be gold, silver, or white. The filling is used to stop the spread of the cavity and prevent further tooth decay.
- Crowns. A crown is a sort of cap that is placed over the top of the tooth. A crown can be used to reinforce the strength of the tooth, as well as improving its appearance. Crowns are shaped just like teeth. Crowns are sometimes also used to cover a dental implant or to help hold a bridge in place.
- Bridges. A bridge is a set of false teeth that is used to cover a gap in the mouth where teeth are missing. In some cases, bridges are held in place by crowns on either side of the gap. In other circumstances, bridges are permanently cemented into place.
- Dental implants. A dental implant is replacement roots for a tooth. They are small posts made of metal that are actually implanted into the tooth socket where there is a missing tooth. The implant is then covered with a crown in order to give the appearance of a natural tooth.
- Dentures. Dentures are a mouthpiece that is made of acrylic resin, and they sometimes have metal attachments.They are removable false teeth. Dentures can be full, replacing all the teeth, or partial, replacing some of the teeth. When some of the natural teeth are intact and viable, partial dentures can be used and held in place with metal clips.
As you can see, restorative dentistry offers many options to improve dental health in terms of both health and appearance. Retaining the natural teeth is always preferable, but in situations where that is not a viable option, there are other choices available. Restorative dentistry gives patients the opportunity to care for their teeth, mouth, and gums in a way that is aesthetically pleasing.
If you are struggling with your dental health and could benefit from the services of a restorative dentist, contact the office of Dr. TJ Bolt. Dr. Bolt offers restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and comprehensive dental care. Whether you just need a routine checkup and cleaning, or more in-depth dental work, Dr. Bolt’s office will be happy to schedule an appointment for you in the soothing atmosphere of our office.
Come in to see Dr. Bolt, and he will perform a comprehensive examination. With the information from that exam, we will develop a treatment plan. Call the office at (402) 572-8000 to make an appointment today.