Restorative dentistry is a dental specialty that deals with repairing teeth. Restorative dentistry restores oral health and function using fillings, crowns, bridges, and dentures. Restorative dentistry repairs teeth that are decayed, chipped, cracked, stained, or crooked.
Damage to teeth can occur in the following ways:
- Teeth may become weakened and unable to support dental restorations, such as fillings or crowns.
- Teeth may become loose and possibly fall out.
- Teeth may become sensitive to heat, cold, or sweets.
- Teeth may become discolored or stained.
- Teeth may become curved or gripped.
- Teeth may break or crack.
Causes of tooth damage include:
- Chewing on hard foods
- Tooth decay
- Trauma to the mouth
- Grinding or clenching teeth
- Facial or jaw muscle strain
- Gum disease
Restorative dentistry procedures
Restorative dentistry can help restore your teeth to their original health and function while maintaining their aesthetic appeal through the following procedures:
- Dental fillings:A filling is a restorative treatment used to address tooth decay and minor cavities. The decay is drilled out and replaced with a dental filling. This treatment is often completed in a single visit.
- Inlays and onlays:When dental fillings are no longer effective, patients should consider an inlay or onlay. These restorations are custom-made and placed during two separate visits. Inlays and onlays allow us to preserve the healthy portion of a tooth.
- Dental crown:A dental crown is a dental restoration that is used to restore a tooth’s shape, size, and strength. Dental crowns are also used to improve the tooth’s appearance. Dental crowns may be used in conjunction with a dental implant to replace a missing tooth.
- Dental bridge: A dental bridge is a removable dental appliance that is used to replace a missing tooth or multiple teeth. A bridge is made of porcelain and features a false tooth or teeth in the middle. The bridge is anchored on each side of the gap by dental crowns. The crowns fit over the existing teeth, which serve as stable anchors to hold the bridge in place.
- Dental implant: An implant is a metal post that acts as a replacement root. This post will fuse with your jawbone, so the implant will stay in place permanently.
- Root canal:A root canal is a procedure that is used to repair a damaged or infected tooth. When a tooth is severely infected, it can become painful and uncomfortable. The infected tooth can be treated with a root canal, which will eliminate the infection and prevent further damage.
Call 34th Street Dental Care at 708-484-6576 to schedule your consultation with our dentists to learn more about our dental treatments.