Restorative treatment refers to the various ways employed by dentists to restore and repair your tooth structure that is missing either due to decay, a failed restoration, or fracture of a tooth. A smile is said to be healthy and strong when its strength, function, and appearance are all good. If there are problems that affect any one among these, a combination of treatments will be necessary to restore it to the ideal state.
Who is an ideal candidate for restorative dentistry?
You are an ideal candidate for restorative dentistry if you are dealing with more than one of the following issues:
- Missing teeth
- Chipped, or broken teeth
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Crooked or irregularly shaped teeth
- Infected gums
- Infected tooth pulp
- Advanced tooth decay
- Gum recession
The restorative dentistry procedures
Composite fillings are tooth-colored fillings that restore teeth affected with cavities and help have a natural appearance. After removing the decay, the tooth is filled with a composite material, which is then cured using a specialized light to harden it.
A crown is a natural looking, tooth-shaped dental restoration method that completely covers the outside of a cracked, broken, worn down, or severely decayed tooth. Crowns are placed when your natural tooth is not strong enough to function without protection - for example, to protect a tooth after a root canal procedure, repair a broken tooth, cover an implant, or support a bridge.
Bridges replace missing teeth without the use of a denture or dental implant by using the adjacent teeth as an anchor to “bridge” a gap with a natural-looking false tooth. The bridge is usually composed of two crowns and a replacement tooth. Crowns are placed on the teeth on either side of the space, with the fabricated tooth or teeth attached in between.
Dental implants are composed of three parts - a titanium screw, an abutment that connects the screw and the final restoration, and the final restoration. The screw fixed in the jawbone acts as a replacement for the tooth root, providing a strong foundation for the replacement teeth. The screw fuses with the bone over a few months, and after the fusing process, the abutment is inserted into the screw to allow for the permanent attachment of the restoration.
A denture is a removable replacement if you have one or multiple missing teeth within the same (upper or lower) arch. A denture does not rely on an existing tooth structure, and it completely replaces the missing teeth.
The different types of dentures are as follows:
- Full or Partial
- Removable or Fixed
- Traditional or Implant-Supported
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