Restorative Dentistry Procedures
Restorative dentistry, or sometimes known as prosthodontic dentistry, can be defined as: “The branch of dentistry that deals with the restoration of diseased, injured, or abnormal teeth to normal function, as by crowns.”
Through our lives, health problems are bound to affect us in different ways: one way is the health of our teeth. Restorative dentistry aims to restore teeth to an effective and functional state. Imagine living with a serious problem to one or more of your teeth without any hopes of fixing it – this is what restorative dentistry prevents, but how does it do this?
Replacing Missing or Damaged Teeth
Losing a tooth can occur for many reasons, for example it could be due to an accident or bad oral health habits. However it happens, it is on everyone’s best interests to replace the tooth – improving the patient’s appearance, and preventing more severe problems from occurring. This can be done through crowns, dental implants, bridges, full or partial dentures. The procedure chosen depends on the situation at hand, and the dentist preforming it should discuss with the patients the different options and together come to the best solution.
A crown is tooth-shaped cap that is placed over the tooth. This procedure is ideal in the situation of a damaged tooth. The crown is then cemented on to the tooth, strengthening it and protecting it.
A bridge is exactly what the name implies – it bridges the gap between the remaining teeth and the space of the missing tooth. A bridge consists of an artificial tooth, or teeth, to fill the missing gap, with crowns on either side which connect to the surrounding teeth.
- Dental Implants
A dental implant is used to fill the space of a missing tooth, and is similar to a crown. However, instead of connecting to any remaining teeth, it consists of a metal anchor that connects a false tooth and your jaw.
The procedure chosen will also depend on the material that the dentist believes is the best to use for the specific patient – according to the problem, price range and any specific needs. The four main materials used are porcelain, dental amalgam, composite resin and gold. Talk to the dentist about your different options and look out for the presence of mercury in the materials – it can be harmless but not in all procedures.
The Importance of Oral Health Care
After having any restorative dentistry procedure done, it is vital that you look after the new, and improved teeth. If dental plaque forms around the restoration, the same problem can easily occur again. Therefore, keep up a good oral hygiene routine daily.
These are only a few of the restorative dentistry procedures, there are many options that are available in different situations. The most important thing is to have open communication with your dentist and be honest about your wants and needs. All these procedures are easy, and relatively painless. And remember, when restorative dentistry is avoided, even bigger problems will develop.