Restorative dentistry is a branch of dentistry that deals with the restoration of teeth; it is also known as prosthodontics. Dental crowns and bridges are two of the most common restorations used today, but there are many more types of restoration available as well. At our dental practice, we focus on high-quality dental care and use the latest technology to make your treatments as painless and comfortable as possible.
Need for restorative dentistry
Unlike cosmetic dentistry that seeks to improve the appearance of your smile, restorative dentistry focuses on restoring your teeth’s function and health. If you have a cavity, gum disease, cracked or chipped tooth, or other damage that affects the structure of your tooth, you may need a dental filling, dental crown, inlay, onlay, bridge, or some other treatment to restore it back to its normal condition.
However, it’s also important to remember that regular checkups and cleanings are the best way to prevent the need for dental treatments. You can schedule your next checkup at our practice online or by calling our office. We look forward to helping you have your best smile!
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth to improve a patient’s appearance, shape or alignment. The crown can be crafted from porcelain to match the color of your other teeth for a seamless look. It can be also used to restore a broken tooth and cover dental implants. Patients also choose dental crowns to cover discolored teeth and brighten their smile.
A dental crown can last many years when properly maintained by flossing and brushing regularly. We can examine your teeth and gums to determine if a crown is a good option for your needs after a thorough examination.
A dental bridge is a fixed or removable appliance that’s used to replace one or more missing teeth in a row. The bridge attaches the artificial teeth to the natural teeth on either side of the gap, creating a strong and stable chewing surface to improve the patient’s smile. The dental bridge can be made with porcelain fused to metal for strength or completely out of porcelain to be stronger and more aesthetically pleasing. With proper care, dental bridges can last for many years before needing to be replaced.
While patients can choose between bridges and dental implants, it’s important to understand that bridges have a limited lifespan and need to be replaced over time. Implants, on the other hand, are a permanent tooth replacement option that can last for the rest of your life with proper care. Bridges do offer some advantages such as preserving some of your healthy teeth and preventing bone loss in the jaw.
However, implants offer a few added benefits over traditional bridges. For instance, dental implants stay firmly in place. Patients also tend to feel more confident about their appearance with dental implants. That’s because crowns can be specially personalized to match a patient’s natural teeth shape, size, and color for a seamless appearance.