What Is Restorative Dentistry?
Restorative dentistry is the term used to describe procedures that restore the health of the teeth and mouth. When one or more teeth are damaged in some way, such as decay, the effects of teeth grinding, or a dental trauma, restorative dentistry may be able to save the teeth and allow them to stay in place in your mouth. In many cases a restorative procedure can help your teeth last for the rest of your life.
In other cases when one or more teeth can’t be saved, extraction and replacement is another form of restorative dentistry. Natural teeth can be replaced with bridges, dental implants, partials or dentures.
Benefits of Restorative Dentistry
Restorative Dentistry offers many benefits:
- Keep your natural teeth. In many cases restorative dentistry can help you keep your natural teeth in place by repairing any damage and protecting the teeth from further damage.
- Restore your dental and oral health. Restorative dentistry can improve your overall dental and oral health, not just the specific problem being addressed.
- Long term solution. Restorative procedures often provide a long term solution, meaning the tooth or teeth will not need further treatment and will be able stay in place for the rest of your life.
- Prevent the spread of infection. Restoring the health of a tooth, such as with a filling or a root canal, can stop the spread of infection from the source of the decay. Tooth decay and tooth infections are caused by bacteria, and restorative procedures can eliminate the infection and keep it from spreading to other parts of your mouth and body.
Composite fillings use tooth-colored material to restore teeth with cavities and maintain a natural appearance. Once the decay is removed, the tooth is filled with a composite material which is then cured using a specialized light to harden the material. Composite fillings can be done in one visit.
Inlays & Onlays
When a tooth is severely decayed and there is not enough tooth material left for a filling, an inlay or onlay may be used to repair the tooth. These consist of a piece of porcelain that is attached to the outside or inside of the tooth to make it whole.
When there is not enough tooth enamel left for a filling or an inlay/onlay, a crown may be placed over the tooth. A crown is a tooth-shaped cover that fits over the remaining tooth material and allows the root of the tooth to stay in place.
If a tooth is missing or can’t be restored, one option for replacement is a bridge. A bridge consists of crowns that fit over the healthy teeth on each side of the gap with one or more artificial teeth (pontics) suspended between them to replace the missing tooth or teeth.
Dental Implant Placement and Restoration
Another tooth replacement option is a dental implant. An implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed in the jaw to replace a natural tooth root. One dental implant can replace a single tooth and multiple implants can support a bridge or dentures to replace multiple teeth.
Dentures are used to replace all of the teeth when there is a widespread amount of decay or damage. We have the capability to make immediate dentures or new dentures from an existing set in as little as 2-3 appointments. Traditional dentures attach to the gums via suction or adhesives and implant supported dentures attach to 4-6 dental implants placed throughout the jaw.
Digital Partial Dentures
In some cases there are multiple teeth that need to be replaced but there may be some that are still healthy. Partial dentures can replace the missing teeth, sometimes using the healthy teeth for support. These can be fabricated in as little as 2-3 appointments at our office. Digital technology can design dentures that are natural looking and comfortable.
Root Canal Treatment
A root canal may be performed on a tooth that is infected or at risk of infection. If a deep cavity, crack, or other damage to a tooth is deep enough to expose the dental pulp, the soft tissue on the inside of the tooth, the tooth may become infected. A root canal removes the dental pulp and fills the tooth with a replacement material to eliminate and prevent infection.
Teeth sometimes need to be extracted for a variety of reasons from severe decay or damage to orthodontic purposes.
Why Choose Wahpeton Family Dentistry?
We are a family dental practice providing comprehensive dental care for patients of all ages. This makes it possible for everyone in the family to receive the dental services they need in one convenient location. Our patient-centric approach focuses on the individual needs of each patient, allowing us to provide age appropriate care for everyone.
When you come into our office you are treated like family, with a warm smile and a friendly greeting. We take the time to get to know the families who come to our practice and make you feel at home and comfortable at each dental visit.