Restorative dentistry involves fixing common dental issues in order to improve oral function, physical appearance and overall oral health. We all want to have the perfect looking set of teeth and a bright, white smile. But sometimes, we face dental issues that lower our self-esteem, make chewing difficult or cause damage to the healthy teeth. This branch of dentistry is designed to deal with these dental disorders. The dental disorders can be addressed using any of the common procedures below.
If you have discolored, misaligned or damaged teeth, veneers, inlays or onlays can be used to restore your smile and improve your bite. They are bonded to the front part of the teeth in order to fix dental issues like chipped or cracked teeth. The broken portion is bonded using a porcelain layer. Your dentist may recommend an inlay or onlay depending on the damage on the teeth. Today’s porcelain veneers are designed to look natural and are very thin so they blend with the rest of your teeth. The dental bondings are absolutely natural and no one can recognize the difference with your real teeth.
If you have dark sections or metal fillings on your teeth that you need covered, the porcelain crowns can be used to give you a nice bright smile. The crowns are designed to mimic your real teeth. This form of restoration is quite common today because it can help to instantly transform a person’s smile by covering the top part of the teeth which is damaged.
If you have missing teeth, a dental bridge can help to fill the gap that usually appears making it difficult to chew or impairing speech. The dental bridges appear like false teeth and they need to be taken care of well in order to increase their lifespan. Maintaining good oral hygiene is key to preventing dental issues when you have dental bridges. You need to brush at least twice a day and floss regularly in order to keep gum infection and disease at bay.
Root canal or endodontic treatment can be used to improve chewing, enhance normal biting force and the appearance of teeth. Sometimes the dentist may recommend root canal therapy in order to protect the teeth from excessive wear or strain and save your natural teeth. This form of therapy is required when there is an inflamed or infected pulp inside the root of a tooth. Failing to treat the inflammation or infection can lead to decay, faulty crowns and repeated dental procedures. You’ll spend more time and money dealing with dental issues like replacing crowns because they crack and chip all the time.
Dental fillings are probably the most common type of restorative procedure used so far. Most people opt for tooth-colored dental fillings because they appear just like natural teeth and can quickly restore chipped or damaged teeth. The fillings can be made using materials like silver, amalgam and in this case, tooth colored glass.