What Is Restorative Dentistry?
Not sure if you need restorative dentistry? If you are looking to repair and restore your smile then the answer is yes. Restorative dentistry is about returning function and structural integrity to your teeth. It may sound a lot like cosmetic surgery, and in many ways, they overlap. However, restorative dentistry is focused on the health of your smile whereas cosmetic is more about appearance. In this blog, we are going through the main restorative procedures to help you figure out if restorative dentistry is what you need.
Do I need restorative dentistry?
Are you looking for cosmetic or restorative dentistry? Often they come hand in hand, but if you have a health issue then you probably need restorative dentistry. You probably need a restorative procedure if you have:
- Missing teeth – Having a missing tooth can negatively affect your confidence and the health of your smile. With a large gap, your teeth will start to move causing sensitivity, decay and gum disease.
- Discolouration – Most of the time, stained teeth are fixed with cleaning. If the enamel is damaged enough you might need a little more done. If you getting brown spots on your teeth then it is high time you visit your dentist.
- Fractures and chips – If your tooth is fractured then it is susceptible to further damage. Not only is it painful, if left untreated it can lead to infection and decay. A restorative procedure will prevent any further deterioration and make your tooth look brand new.
Dentures are used to replace missing teeth. They are realistic replicas that you can remove and put back in.. A partial denture is for a few missing teeth that will clip onto your remaining teeth. If you are missing a whole row, top or bottom, you’ll need a full denture that you place over your gums. They do take a while to get used to. There is a little bit of discomfort at the beginning and eating can feel strange, but they are worthwhile. If your bones are too fragile for implants, dentures are a perfect alternative. They are part of restorative dentistry because they keep your remaining teeth from moving and protect your gums.
Veneers are often considered to be a cosmetic luxury, however, they are a practical option to maintain a healthy smile. If your teeth are worn, broken, uneven, stained or are too far apart then you might need veneers. If you’re not sure what veneers are: they are a prosthetic made to look like teeth that are then bonded to the front of your teeth. To get veneers you first need to get them coloured and measured. Then, in your next session, your dentist will remove some enamel and then cement the veneer onto your tooth.
Unlike veneers, a crown will cover your whole tooth. Usually made from porcelain, a crown is coloured to match your teeth before it covers or replaces your tooth. They are considered restorative dentistry because it helps makes your smile healthy as well as beautiful. You will probably need a crown if you’re missing a tooth, have a fractured tooth, have a misshaped tooth or your tooth needs protection from fracturing.
Implants are used to replace missing teeth. Not only will it restore your smile, it will also stop your teeth from moving and creating gaps. The missing tooth is replaced by a crown and is then secured in place by a small titanium screw. An implant is a durable option as it can last up to twenty-five years. The procedure may not be suitable for you if you don’t have healthy gums or if your bones cannot support it. Your dentist can help determine if getting an implant is the best option for you, so make sure you consult a professional before making a decision.
Dental bridges are for replacing one tooth or two teeth by literally bridging the gap. The false tooth is attached to two crowns then placed over the remaining teeth. This requires removing some of the enamel so the crowns can be cemented into place. A bridge will make your smile look seamless and keep your teeth from drifting out of place. It’s also a great option if your gums have receded or if your bones are too fragile to get an implant. Bridges need to be replaced more frequently but it will cost less.
While restorative dentistry will give you back your confident smile, it’s also about giving your teeth structure, integrity and protection. If you need a tooth replaced, Eden Rise Dental can help find the right option for you. There is a wide range of services from dental implants to general dentistry. Our friendly staff will be happy to schedule an appointment for you – simply call (03) 9702 6111.