Restorative dentistry refers to the procedures your provider at Preva Dental performs to repair damaged or diseased teeth. It can also involve replacing missing teeth. Common restorative dentistry treatments include:
Restorative dentistry aims to safeguard your natural teeth, retaining as much of the tooth and root as possible. However, if your teeth aren’t restorable, your provider replaces them with long-lasting substitutes that look natural.
With skilled restorative dentistry, you can achieve better oral health, whereas left untreated, you could experience more serious teeth and gum issues.
If you have some tooth decay but the affected tooth is still alive and worth saving, your provider can treat it with a filling. They clean the diseased tooth and plug the hole with a filling made with your choice of materials. Options include:
Crowns are caps that match your natural teeth and fit over a damaged tooth. Your provider uses crowns to protect a tooth and restore its appearance and function. They secure your crown with a special dental cement.
You can also have crowns as part of a dental bridge or to attach to dental implants.
Dental bridges and implants provide replacements for missing teeth.
A bridge features an artificial tooth or teeth and is held in place by a crown on either side of the gap.
A dental implant requires surgery to insert a titanium post into your jawbone. The post fuses with the bone, forming a secure foundation for a crown. Dental implants can also be an option for certain types of bridges and dentures.
Your dentist gives you all the information you need for caring for your teeth after restorative dentistry.
In the early stages, you need to take care not to dislodge your filling, crown, bridge, or implant. For instance, you might have to eat soft or liquid foods and brush gently for a few days.
Once the site of your restorative dentistry work recovers, you care for your new teeth just like your original ones — brushing twice a day, flossing every day, and scheduling regular checkups at Preva Dental.
You might need to use a special kind of floss or an alternative product to clean in between your teeth. You should also avoid hard candies and sugary foods that could damage the restorative dentistry work.
For more information about the restorative dentistry services available at Preva Dental, call the office or book an appointment online today.