Restorative dentistry involves any dental procedures used to restore the structure and functionality of your teeth and can involve any number of different treatment options, such as fillings and bridges.
At Peter Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we provide the restorative dental treatments you need to help you smile confidently again while strengthening your oral health. We will discuss your concerns and work with you to determine the best, most cost-effective treatment plan for your situation.
Our dental team is dedicated to keeping you informed on your dental health process and letting you make decisions along the way to ensure you are happy with the results as well as the treatments.
What Can Restorative Dentistry Treat?
There are numerous treatment options and solutions that restorative dentistry provides because it is an umbrella for essentially all dental treatments that are strengthening your teeth. Restorative dentistry can help treat the following conditions:
- Tooth decay.
- Missing teeth.
- Broken or worn teeth.
- Damaged teeth.
- Chipped teeth.
There are many more solutions that restorative dentistry entails. Essentially if you have a problem with your teeth, smile, or mouth this type of dentistry can help you.
One of the easiest ways to know if restorative dental work is right for you is to meet with our dental team and let them provide you with professional dental advice and see what fits you. It is never a bad idea to restore your teeth and oral health because it will save you time, pain, and money in the future.
Restorative Dental Treatments & What Are They For
To better assist you and your smile needs we want to educate you on the different options so you can be proactive to take care of your dental health needs. Here are common dental restorative treatments that we offer at Peter Family & Cosmetic Dentistry:
Dental fillings are the most common type of restorative dentistry. These are used to structurally repair and stabilize a tooth that has deteriorated from cavities and decay. Fillings can also repair broken or cracked teeth if the hole is not too big.
With the right filling material and a proper job done by our dentist, Dr. Jeffrey D. Peter, DMD, you can expect fillings to last several years and provide the appearance and functionality of an intact tooth.
These are tooth-shaped caps placed and cemented over a tooth to restore its original shape and protect it from damage and infection. They can also be used to restructure the size and shape of a tooth, thereby improving its appearance.
Dental crowns are often used to cover and support a damaged tooth, protect a weak tooth from decay, cover a discolored tooth, cover a dental implant, or hold a bridge in place. Crowns can be made from many different materials, but the most popular ones are tooth-colored, such as porcelain or ceramic for a natural appearance.
When a tooth becomes so badly decayed that a filling isn’t enough, you might need to undergo a root canal treatment. With a root canal, the dentist removes infected pulp within a tooth’s root canal and replaces it with the filling material. A root canal helps save your natural tooth from dying and needing to be extracted.
While a filling or crown is the best option for prolonging the life of a damaged tooth, a missing tooth requires a different restorative process. One such process is fitting the patient and installing a bridge.
A bridge is usually made up of a replacement tooth and a crown on each side. This eliminates the gap in your smile, restores a normal bite, and helps keep your whole mouth healthy.
If you have a missing tooth or need extraction due to severe decay or damage, a dental implant can be an excellent option. The procedure requires fusing titanium posts to the jaw with an artificial tooth screwed to the top of it.
Dental implants are placed within the jaw to act as the root and support structure. A dental crown is placed atop the implant, attached by a screw.
Benefits of Restorative Dental Care
Restorative dentistry comes with a lot more benefits than just protecting your oral health. They have significant cosmetic benefits as well. Some of the most notable benefits of restorative dental care are:
- Improved facial appearance: When you lose teeth, it not only affects the way your smile appears; it can change your facial appearance since your teeth and jawbone provide support for your facial muscles. Dental restorations give your facial muscles the support they need for a more youthful appearance.
- Complete, confident smile: Your smile is an important part of your appearance. When you lose one or more teeth, you may feel embarrassed to smile or be as social as you once were. Restorative dental care can give you back a complete, confident smile that can positively impact your mental and emotional well-being.
- Heightened oral hygiene: Restorative dentistry helps encourage overall oral hygiene. Having corrective dental work done helps create even spaces between your teeth so that you are able to easily brush and floss regularly.
This eliminates bacteria buildup and helps prevent bad breath and more serious oral health issues. If your teeth are broken, chipped, or decaying, it can be quite difficult to care for them correctly. Restoring your teeth helps restore your overall oral health.
How to Care for Teeth After Restoration
Your dental team will walk you through instructions on how to take care of your teeth after treatment based on your specific needs but regardless of your treatment there is a blanket of care you should take. Here are a few tips for taking care of your restorative dentistry work:
- Brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day and visit the dentist regularly.
- Make sure to floss around your teeth, dental implants, crowns, and bridges every day.
- Try not to chew on hard or sticky foods as these can damage your implant, bridge, or crown.
- Use an antibacterial mouthwash to help fight plaque bacteria around restorative work.
- Schedule regular routine dental appointments.
No matter what restorative treatment you receive, you should still come in every six months to make sure your treatment is not getting worn down and guide you on how to keep it long-lasting.
Tooth Restoration Cost
The cost of restorative dental care varies depending on several factors, such as the type of treatment. Luckily, insurance typically covers the cost of treatment.
If you do not have dental insurance it is still worth it to get restorative treatment because it will save your teeth and your wallet from the pain associated with even more treatment due to bacteria, infection, and plaque that will enter into the already damaged tooth. The sooner you restore your tooth, the quicker your dental health will be protected.
Here at Peter Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we have payment plans available for you and your family. So regardless of your treatment or situation you can rest assured knowing you can protect your teeth which will ultimately save you from unnecessary pain. The more you strengthen your dental health the more your wallet saves.
Schedule Your Appointment Today!
Whether you need a damaged or infected tooth saved with a root canal or have missing teeth that need replacement, our family dental practice can help you find the right solution to ensure you keep a complete, healthy smile. We will guide all patients step by step to make an informed decision. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.