Restorative dentistry is a branch of dentistry that focuses on repairing or replacing damaged or missing teeth. At Lake Family Dental, our goal with restorative dentistry is to restore the function and appearance of the teeth, as well as to improve overall oral health.
There are many different types of restorative dentistry procedures, including:
Dental Implants: Dental implants are a type of restorative dentistry that can be used to replace missing teeth. They are made of titanium, which is a biocompatible material that is accepted by the body. Dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone, where they act as the roots of missing teeth. A crown or bridge is then attached to the implant, providing a natural-looking and long-lasting replacement tooth.
Dentures: Dentures are used to replace all of the teeth in the mouth. They can be either removable or fixed.
Bridges: Bridges are used to replace multiple missing teeth. They are held in place by crowns on two or more adjacent teeth.
Root Canals: Root canals are a type of restorative dentistry that can save a tooth that is infected or damaged. During a root canal, Dr. Lake removes the infected pulp from the tooth and fills the canals with a material called gutta-percha. Once the root canal is complete, the tooth can be restored with a crown or filling. Root canals are a safe and effective way to save a tooth and improve oral health.
Crowns: Crowns are used to cover a damaged tooth. They can be made of porcelain, metal, or a combination of the two.
Fillings: Fillings are used to repair small cavities. They can be made of a variety of materials, including amalgam, composite resin, and gold.
Improved appearance: Restorative dentistry can help to improve the appearance of your smile, which can boost your self-confidence.
Restorative dentistry procedures are usually performed by a general dentist. In some cases, a dentist may refer you to a specialist, such as an endodontist (for root canals) or an oral surgeon (for implants). Restorative dentistry is a safe and effective way to improve the health and appearance of your teeth. If you have any questions or concerns about restorative dentistry, please talk to your dentist.
Cost of Restorative Dentistry
The cost of restorative dentistry varies depending on the type of procedure that is needed. In general, fillings are the least expensive type of restorative dentistry procedure, while dental implants are the most expensive.
The best way to prevent the need for restorative dentistry is to practice good oral hygiene. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day, and visiting your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.
Should your teeth ever require a restorative treatment, you can rest assured knowing we will always discuss with you the available options, and recommend what we believe to be the most comfortable and least invasive treatment. Providing you with excellent care is our number one priority when creating your beautiful smile.
Reasons for restorative dentistry:
- Enhance your smile.
- Fill in unattractive spaces between teeth.
- Improve or correct an improper bite.
- Prevent the loss of a tooth.
- Relieve dental pain.
- Repair damaged and decayed teeth.
- Replace missing teeth.
- Replace old, unattractive dental treatments.
- Restore normal eating and chewing.
- Remember to give your teeth the attention they need today!