Restorative dentistry involves dental procedures that repair or replace lost teeth. The main goals of restorative dentistry are to save your teeth and restore your teeth’ natural look and shape. Some procedures have both benefits. Restorative dentistry helps restore teeth functioning and appearance, eliminate dental pain, prevent further dental problems, and preserve the density of your jawbone. Restorative dentistry serves people of all ages, including children, teens, and adults. Depending on your dental disorders, the specialists at Carnegie Dental Wellness can recommend one or more restorative dentistry techniques to treat your conditions. There are various restorative dentistry procedures, including:
1. Dental fillings
A dental filling is the leading dental restorative technique and replaces the decayed part of your tooth resulting from cavities. Amalgam, porcelain, gold, or silver are the common materials used to make dental fillings. You can get fillers to improve biting or chewing. Once you get them, you will notice the eradication of your discomfort. Your fillings can last for several years if you take care of them.
2. Dental bridges
Dental bridges are false teeth that replace lost natural teeth. They can replace one or more teeth. Bridges help boost your smile, restore chewing and biting ability, improve speech, and prevent the remaining natural teeth misalignment. They are made of durable materials like ceramics. If you maintain your dental bridges appropriately, they can last up to ten years.
3. Dental crowns
Dental crowns are hollow caps made in the shape of your teeth and cemented in place. Crowns can restore the correct size and shape of damaged, decayed, or cracked teeth. They can be made from ceramic or gold, but most people prefer porcelain crowns because they last longer. Porcelain crowns also have a natural look that blends well with your teeth.
4. Dental implants
Dental implants restore lost teeth resulting from periodontal infections, tooth decay, bone loss, or fractures. Your dentist can recommend implants if the neighboring teeth are not strong. They are placed directly into your jawbone, making them last longer than bridges or dentures. After placement, implants look and function like natural teeth, so you can brush and floss normally.
5. Inlays and onlays
Inlays or onlays are restorative dental appliances used when your teeth are too damaged for dental fillings. Inlays and onlays help to preserve your natural teeth and are more durable than fillings. You need to visit your dentist for several sessions to complete the procedure.
Veneers are thin porcelain shells bonded to your teeth permanently to improve appearance and smile. They address broken, chipped, discolored and crooked teeth. Veneers are mostly made of porcelain or resin composite materials. Veneers will improve your smile quickly, and the technique is less complicated than braces.
Dentures restore missing teeth and damaged gum tissue. They improve your smile and speech and make chewing and biting more comfortable. Dentures can replace several or all missing teeth. They can be made of plastic, nylon, or metal. Dentures are removable, so it is easy to clean them.
Restorative dentistry helps restore your teeth’ proper functioning and improve your smile and appearance. Schedule an appointment at Carnegie Dental Wellness for restorative dentistry treatments to achieve your desired dental look and smile.