Restorative dentistry is a broad and generalized term that describes how dental professionals repair or replace damaged teeth. For example, missing teeth and gaps between teeth are treated using restorative dentistry. This type of dentistry goes beyond treating solely aesthetic issues. Many restorative procedures are important for overall oral health and hygiene. By filling empty spaces and maintaining proper tooth alignment, the build-up of disease-causing plaque, issues with the gums, and pain due to pressure and overcrowding are prevented. Regardless of the restorative procedure our patients require, our goal at Cypress Family Dentistry on Johns Island, South Carolina is to restore our patients’ natural smiles, boost their confidence, and prevent future dental issues.
Fillings are one of the most common treatment procedures that we perform at Cypress Family Dental. Cavities occur for a variety of reasons, but all result in a hole or crater in the tooth. Left untreated the cavity will become larger and painful. Filling a cavity is the easiest way to solve this problem. First, our dentist will remove any decay and debris. Depending on the size and depth of the cavity, you will likely be numbed using an anesthetic gel and injection before drilling begins so that the procedure is painless. Our dentist will then fill the newly cleansed space with one of several materials: gold, silver amalgam, plastic, porcelain, or composite resin. Composite resin is currently the most widely used as it provides a natural, tooth-colored finish. Depending upon the type of filling received, it can last up to 15 years before needing replacement.
Crowns are a restorative dental procedure used to reinforce and protect a tooth. Dental crowns look like tooth-shaped caps and are placed over the damaged tooth to protect and strengthen its structure. Crowns are custom-made for each tooth. First, the dentist will take an impression of the damaged tooth area. The mold is then sent to a lab where the custom crown will be made. The crown is attached to the natural tooth using a strong cement-like paste. Crowns typically last for at least 15 years.
Dental bridges are another common restorative treatment. As the name suggests, a bridge closes the gap between missing teeth. These devices must be anchored to teeth on either side of the upper or lower jaw, so a crown is attached to teeth on either side of the bridge. An artificial tooth is also attached to the bridge to fill the gap created by the missing tooth or teeth. In addition to filling an unsightly and often uncomfortable gap, a dental bridge can prevent surrounding teeth from moving out of place, just as natural teeth would.
Dental implants are a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth. Implants are composed of a metal anchor and a dental crown. When placed correctly in the mouth, a dental implant looks, functions and looks exactly like a natural tooth.
Caring for Restorative Dentistry
Getting a restorative dental procedure is the first step in improving your oral health. The restoration must be cared for properly. Brushing twice per day and flossing regularly are essential for maintain natural teeth and dental restorations. Avoiding sticky and hard foods is also important, as these can damage teeth and restorations, compromising their function.
If you need a dental restoration, do not hesitate to call our office to schedule your consultation. We would love the opportunity to show you how beautiful your smile can be and we look forward to welcoming you to the family!