Restorative Dentistry: Top 5 Procedures to Know
Restorative dentistry is about healing. It’s about bringing your smile back to the place you deserve. Here are the top 5 procedures you need to consider.
Some people believe that our smile is the first thing noticed by those who surround us. While this may or may not be true, it’s undeniable that having a smile you can be comfortable showing off impacts the self-esteem of many people. This is one of many reasons to look into restorative dentistry.
Damage to your natural teeth can happen for a multitude of reasons, and 69% of adults will have lost one or more teeth by the age of 44. In most of these situations, restorative dentistry can be the solution.
Manalese Dentistry is here to help you understand what restorative dentistry is, how it can benefit you, which procedures you should know about, and how our team can help you!
Before looking at the most common procedures in restorative dentistry, let’s explore what this branch of dentistry entails:
What is Restorative Dentistry?
Restorative dentistry, in essence, is the practice of restoring your mouth to a natural, healthy state.
However, the true definition of restorative dentistry is a bit more complicated than this:
For many people, having a healthy mouth is a priority despite there being a certain level of discomfort associated with the dentist. This dissonance often leads to individuals who value their dental health but are unsure about when to go see their dentist. After all, who wants to go into something they’re afraid of?
Well, dentistry isn’t and shouldn’t be uncomfortable! In the case of restorative dentistry, our goal at Manalese Dentistry is to make our patients as comfortable and assured as possible. Bringing you a result that restores your dental function and esthetic, in a painless and easy procedure, is our specialty.
Many times, damage to your teeth can occur through decay, poor nutrition, injury, or disease. Sometimes, individuals elect to have teeth removed in order to move forward with a restorative process before their natural teeth become more damaged.
But, as we mentioned earlier, restorative dentistry is not a process completely concerned with looks. For those with painful or missing teeth, some restorative procedures will allow pain-free chewing and speech to occur for the first time in months or years!
How Restorative Dentistry can benefit you.
Restorative dentistry is able to make those simple functions we take for granted simple again. Chewing can become pain-free, your jaw mobility can be improved, and the effects of TMJ can be lessened.
In situations where a patient suffers from TMJ, replacing lost teeth with bridges or dentures can correct misplaced bite alignment that can cause pain.
- Manalese Dental also offers treatment for TMJ symptoms, including determining the cause and correcting the problem to relieve symptoms.
Procedures like crown placement help patients protect their natural teeth from the brittleness that occurs after a root canal, saving the patient from future dental procedures.
Essentially, restorative dentistry allows patients to experience the normality associated with healthy, natural teeth. In additional to helping with prior problems, these procedures can protect your natural teeth after an injury to prevent or alleviate pain and discomfort.
No matter what restorative procedure you’re in need of, Manalese Dental has services to meet your needs.
The Top 5 Procedures You Need To Know:
- FillingsAs the name suggests, dental fillings fill a damaged area of a tooth in order to restore its natural shape and function.
The purpose of fillings is also aimed at restoring the tooth’s defense towards decay and bacteria, which are often the causes of cavities whenever the surface of a tooth is compromised.
As these areas grow, so does the decay. Without proper treatment, cavities are likely to cause the entire tooth to become irreparable. However, your dentist will remove the area of decay and seal the area with your filling in order to reconstruct your tooth and prevent further decay.
- CrownsDental crowns are, simply put, caps placed over a damaged tooth in order to preserve it from further damage. These caps are bonded to your natural tooth and extend all the way to your gum-line to offer complete protection.
Research has found that, by the age of 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their teeth. It is cases like this that dentures are able to restore the individual to full function and the ability to smile with confidence.
By using molds of your mouth, your dentist is able to create a denture that will act as (and replace) your natural teeth to allow for chewing and clear speaking.
Dental bridges are restorative appliances that replace missing teeth with a prosthetic tooth that is placed between two “anchor” teeth. These anchor teeth are usually crowned in order to provide more stability to the appliance as a whole.
In some cases, bridges are a simple procedure that restores bite alignment, face shape, and speech.
Dental implants are a relatively new technology, having been invented and implemented in the 1950’s.
These devices can be placed into the bone or on the bone, with each procedure offering different benefits and healing times. With either choice, the natural tooth is removed and a replacement is created to produce a stable and natural-looking replacement in the mouth of the patient.
These restorative implants are a long-term solution to dental problems, and they offer the same benefits (speech improvement, alignment, chewing, and the maintenance of face shape) as other restorative dental procedures.
How Manalese Dentistry can help
The staff at Manalese Dentistry is able to help you come to an informed decision about which restorative dental treatment is right for you. By examining your individual circumstance, healing times, cost, and your overall dental health, we are able to offer restorative treatments that create natural-looking results that immensely improve the quality of your dental function.
Though these 5 procedures are some of the most popular and common procedures in restorative dentistry, our talented team wants to help you explore other available options that could potentially be better suited to your needs, such as braces or veneers.
For more information, please visit our website to view our services and find more information about each of these restorative dental procedures. You may also contact us directly to set up a consultation and take control of your dental health!