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Restorative Dentistry Types and When They’re Needed

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Restorative dentistry is needed to repair and restore teeth when damaged. Depending on the issue, restorative dentistry can include many different treatment options and methods. 

If you have oral health problems, there is a good chance you will need restorative dentistry. Do not assume oral health issues will eventually work out with improved oral care and a healthier diet. Be proactive in your dental care and meet with your dentist to discuss these challenges. 

Types of Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dentistry can include the following:

1. Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is used when a patient has one or more missing teeth. A bridge is a replacement for a tooth designed to fill the gap of a missing tooth. A bridge is constructed of porcelain or gold and can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges are combined with crowns and caps as a comprehensive treatment plan.

2. Dental Crowns

Dental crowns completely replace a damaged tooth, including the outside. Crowns protect a damaged tooth, fix a badly broken tooth, or cover a dental implant. A dental crown can even be used to hide damage from a tooth extraction.

3. Dental Implants

Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth and to support replacement teeth. The implant is a small post that is placed into the jawbone. Dental implants are made of titanium and allow your dentist to attach a false tooth, called a crown, to the implant post.

4. Dentures

Dentures are removable appliances that replace missing teeth and provide support for your natural teeth. Dentures are made of metal and porcelain and can be made to fit perfectly over your gums. These appliances are custom-made by your dentist and are attached to your jawbone and gums using metal clasps.

5. Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a type of restorative dentistry that uses composite resin to fill in small tooth cracks or chips. The material is applied with a special syringe and a high-speed drill, and it is then shaped and hardened using a curing light. This procedure can be done at the same time as a filling.

When is Restorative Dentistry Necessary?

You may need restorative dentistry if you have cavities, a broken or chipped tooth, injury or trauma that damaged a tooth, missing teeth or gaps, and a medical or genetic condition led to losing or damaging your teeth.

Dental fillings and crowns are some of the most common treatments in dentistry. These treatments are performed on teeth that have been decayed to repair tooth function and strength and to prevent further tooth decay.

A filling can be used to restore your teeth for small cavities and minor tooth fractures. In the case of major tooth damage, a crown or an implant may be necessary. It is important to note that treatments that classify as cosmetic procedures, such as veneers or teeth whitening services, are not considered restorative dentistry.

Conclusion

Whether you have experienced a minor dental issue or a major problem requiring restorative dentistry, you should talk to your dentist about the available treatment options. Not all restorative solutions have to be permanent, and your dental team can help you decide whether your dental needs require a more permanent solution.

Danvers Aesthetic Family Dentistry is your local dentist in Danvers, offering everything from basic services, like general cleanings and exams, to more complex procedures, like implant surgery and gum disease treatment. We have a long-standing reputation for providing gentle, comfortable dental care. If you’re considering getting removable dental bridges, book an appointment with us! Call our Danvers office at (978) 774-0725.

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