Restorative dentistry is concerned with optimizing oral health and dental function. To achieve this end, restorative dentistry relies on multiple disciplines including cosmetic, endodontic and orthodontic dentistry. The main treatment available for restorative dentistry include grafting, surgery, veneers, bridges, crowns, fillings, braces and tooth whitening among others.
Restorative dentistry is essential for people with a variety of dental problems including those caused by traumatic injury, developmental problems such as cleft lip and people with oral diseases such as tooth decay, acid erosion and attrition.
At Delmar Dental, we have a variety of procedures for restorative dentistry to achieve your dental goals. Some of the essential services we offer are listed below.
Porcelain crowns are used for minor cosmetic flaws such as discoloration and uneven shaped teeth. The procedure is equally important for major restorative work such as root canal treatment and for fixing cracked and broken teeth.
The crown is placed over an affected tooth or teeth and bonded with strong dental cement to ensure that the crown fits securely and stays in place. Traditionally, dental crowns were made from tin, platinum, gold or silver. Delmar Dental works with porcelain which has major advantages over other types of crowns.
For one, porcelain crowns resemble the look and texture of natural teeth. This means that the restoration blends seamlessly in the mouth such that it is near impossible to tell that any dental work has been performed. The procedure is especially useful for aesthetic reasons and for fixing dental problems in easily visible areas such as the front teeth.
Porcelain crowns also feel more natural in the mouth. This crown is highly customizable and the cosmetic dentist is able to fit a crown that fits in to the overall shape of the natural teeth. Eating, drinking, speaking and smiling come more naturally because the restorative work conforms to the overall tooth structure of the individual patient.
The treatment is also durable and strong and closely matches the strength and durability of enamel. You can expect the crowns to remain intact for many years to come without any special care except the usual dental hygiene such as brushing and flossing regularly.
Dental bridges are primarily used for restoring missing teeth. The procedure is typically two fold. The first procedure involves preparing the teeth on either end of the gap (known as abutment teeth) for restoration work. The cosmetic dentist then uses a flexible material to make an impression of your existing teeth which will be used to create the dental bridge. A temporary bridge is placed in the gap and is replaced with the permanent fixture on your next visit.
Dental bridges are advantageous mainly because they are permanent. You don’t need to remove the artificial tooth to clean it, before bed or for any other reason.
The dental bridges are also easy to get used to mainly because of their natural fit. They are lightweight and small and don’t feel unnatural in the mouth.
Finally, dental bridges score high marks in aesthetics. They look and feel natural and are difficult to distinguish from natural teeth. This is especially useful for front teeth that are easily visible and a good option for someone looking for a natural smile.
Dentures are also essential in restoring missing teeth and are typically used on patients with multiple missing teeth. At Delmar Dental, we used modern dentures which have many advantages over traditional options.
Our dentures are functional as well as comfortable. Traditionally, dentures were simply made to allow people to chew food. Today, there is more emphasis on aesthetics and comfort. It is essential that the dentures are customized to fit snugly in the patients’ mouth with minimal slippage while talking or chewing.
Our dentures are also very versatile to cater to different patients needs. These options range from partial sets for just a few missing teeth to full sets for extensive missing teeth. We also offer permanent dentures that cannot be removed for patients who want maximum comfort, natural feel and aesthetics and durability.
Dentures are also useful for overall health and not just for restorative purposes. For example, well designed and fitted dentures help with supporting facial structure and muscles as well as reduce natural oral bone loss.
Tooth Colored Fillings
Most people are familiar with the metal fillings. These are typically used for repairing cavities. Tooth colored fillings are a more aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional fillings that we offer at Delmar Dental.
One of the reasons why this is a good choice over traditional filling is the confidence and esthetic factor. You don’t need to worry about the metal fillings that some people consider unsightly. In addition to this, the procedures make it virtually impossible to tell that you have had cavities restoration work done.
Tooth colored fillings are just as strong and durable as their metal counterparts. You don’t have to worry about sacrificing durability for pleasing aesthetics. You can have both and the process is similar to the metal filling if you are familiar with what it involves.
Lastly, few people account for the fact that metal expands and contracts with temperature variations. Although marginal, this shift can cause a strain on the tooth over time and cause it to break or crack. Tooth colored fillings don’t have this problem and are therefore a safer option in the long term.
We don’t advocate for tooth extraction at our dental practice but sometimes it is the only option. Our dentists ensure that they have thoroughly explored all other options before recommending and performing a tooth extraction. Even in this case, it is not the end of the world as there are reasons why a tooth extraction might be the right option for your case.
A tooth extraction may be a solid option where surrounding teeth are at risk of infection. A tooth infection can quickly spread and compromise your entire set of teeth. Once all other restorative and treatment options have been explored to no avail, an extraction will save the rest of your teeth from a similar fate.
A tooth extraction is also a quick fix for discomfort and pain. A tooth may not necessarily pose a threat to others but it can be a great source of discomfort or even pain while talking or eating. An extraction immediately resolves this problem and allows you to go through your day pain free.
Finally, although not the first option, a tooth extraction is still an option. It can save you a lot of time and money on procedures such as root canal treatment when it is clear that such a course of action cannot resolve the problem. In any case, many times the extracted tooth can be replaced with a prosthetic that looks and feels natural such that even you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.
Root Canal Therapy
Lastly, root canal therapy is essentially a restorative process that involves fixing the inner pulp of the tooth which contains blood vessels and nerves. This pulp can get infected as a result of a decayed or cracked tooth. Root canal treatment basically involves removing the infected pulp to address the issue.
Root canal therapy is not as painful or as feared as it used to be in the past. It is a straight forward procedure that involves drilling a hole in the affected tooth and removing the pulp. The area is cleaned thoroughly before the hole is sealed permanently and covered with a durable crown. You will be under anesthesia the whole time so it is a virtually painless process.
Infected tooth pulp causes a number of problems that are addressed by root canal therapy. Pain is the most obvious which disappears after treatment. Additionally, the bad taste or smell around the infected tooth, jaw tissue and gum swelling, tenderness and problems chewing are all resolved with root canal therapy.
Lastly, root canal treatment protects your tooth from extraction. If the infected pulp is not addressed, you will eventually have to face a tooth extraction or the tooth will simply fall out on its own.
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