Restorative dentistry involves procedures that improve the health of the mouth, teeth, and gums after damage has occurred. The critical focus of restorative dentistry is restoring health to the teeth and gums to prevent further damage from further complications or injuries. Some standard restorative dental procedures include fillings, crowns, bridges, veneers, dental implants, TMJ treatment, dentures, and root canals. Each of these treatments addresses specific oral health concerns such as cavities, decay, gum disease, tooth loss, bleeding, sensitivity, and more. All these procedures are designed to improve the smile's aesthetics, function, and health. They help patients chew and speak correctly, enhance the smile's appearance, protect the tooth's structure, and prevent issues with overall health.
Common Restorative Dental Procedures
These tooth-shaped caps fit over damaged teeth to cover the entire visible portion of the tooth above the gum line. They can be made from various materials, including metal or porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain crowns can improve the aesthetics and strength of a tooth that has extensive decay or damage.
An infection inside the tooth can cause severe pain and ultimately cause the tooth to die. In these cases, root canal therapy is recommended to remove the infection. During the procedure, the affected tissue is removed, and the insides of the tooth are cleaned and sealed to prevent further damage. Once the treatment is complete, patients will receive a dental crown to restore their tooth’s appearance.
In cases of missing teeth, dental implants replace the tooth roots to support a dental bridge or some other restoration. An implant consists of a small titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone, where it fuses with the bone over time through a process called osseointegration. Then, the dentist will attach a custom-made restoration to the implant to complete the process and enable the patient to smile again.
Advantages of Restorative Dentistry
Restoring Your Oral Health
When you are dealing with oral health problems, it can negatively impact your quality of life. For example, when you have an infection that affects your teeth, it can spread into your bloodstream and cause many complications. Treating these oral health issues as soon as possible can reduce the chances of further problems and restore your quality of life.
Improving Overall Health
While most of the benefits of restorative dentistry are for your smile and oral health, they can also lead to many positive health effects. When you have a healthy smile, you can speak and eat properly. It will also improve your overall appearance and boost your confidence, as you are no longer embarrassed about your smile.
Each of our treatments is tailored to suit each patient’s needs for a beautiful and functional smile. For a consultation, visit Atlanta Dentistry By Design at 1800 Peachtree St NW Suite 200, Atlanta GA 30309, or call (404) 355-2001.