Restorative dentistry services restore the normal functionality of your teeth when they have been compromised by decay, damage or injury.
Some restorative services are also cosmetic in nature.
They serve to restore normal use and enhance your smile or your appearance.
Here is a partial listing of some common restorative services.
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Restorative Dentistry: Fillings
Fillings are the most common form of restorative dentistry because they are the most basic.
We usually think of fillings as just a way to “patch” a cavity, and that is their usual purpose.
However, your dentist can repair teeth that are broken or chipped with fillings too.
Most dentists prefer fillings made of composite resin because they are very strong.
Additionally, they can very closely match the color of the natural teeth.
Also, they can be used to re-form misshapen teeth.
They can narrow a gap between the teeth to enhance your smile.
Restorative Dentistry: Crowns, Inlays And Onlays
Crowns, inlays and onlays restore strength and stability to the tooth when fillings are not sufficient.
Dental crowns are caps or covers.
Consequently, crowns repair teeth that are too weak or too structurally unsound for a filling.
They cover the entire tooth to the gum line, providing strength and protection.
Additionally, dental crowns serve cosmetic purposes.
They also function as anchors for bridges.
Crowns are made of different materials.
Most dentists and patients prefer porcelain, gold or silver.
Due to cosmetic considerations, materials are chosen based upon where they will be placed.
Inlays cover and repair damage to the chewing surface of a tooth.
They are small “inserts” that your dentist will bond to your teeth.
Cusps are the raised outer edges – the high points – surrounding the chewing surface of the tooth.
Similar to inlays, onlays repair the chewing surface of the tooth including the cusps.
Restorative Services: Bridges
A bridge replaces missing teeth.
Consequently, they restore the smile and provide support for the mouth and lips.
A bridge also provides stability to the rest of the teeth.
Restorative Services: Dentures
Dentures are removable prosthetic devices.
Many people refer to them as “false teeth” since they replace missing teeth.
Implants provide cosmetic and\or functional enhancements.
Your dentist implants a post or screw into the jaw bone to begin the implant process.
Once the bone and surrounding tissue has healed, a prosthetic tooth is affixed to the post.
Implants serve cosmetically since they replace missing teeth.
Additionally, they serve functionally by providing stability to the remaining teeth.
Restorative dentistry corrects existing problems whether they are cosmetic or functional in nature.
However, in addition to our restorative services, we also provide:
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