Restorative dentistry is a dental specialty that focuses on restoring health, function, and aesthetics to your smile. Many restorative treatments aim to replace missing teeth, support a damaged tooth, or protect the teeth’s structural integrity.
What are the common restorative dental procedures?
The common restorative procedures we offer include:
Tooth fillings are common restorative dentistry treatments that restore teeth with cavities. Fillings help preserve the natural tooth structure, preventing further damage and the need for tooth extraction. A dental filling repairs a small cavity, or hole, in a tooth. The decayed tooth material is removed, and the tooth is cleaned and sterilized. Then, the dental filling material is used to fill the cavity.
We can use tooth-colored dental fillings to repair small cavities. These dental fillings are matched to the natural color of your teeth, so they blend in better with your smile.
A dental crown is a type of dental restoration that completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. Metal crowns have been the traditional type of crown used in restorative dentistry. However, many patients today prefer ceramic crowns for their more natural appearance. Ceramic crowns can be made to match the color, shape, and size of surrounding teeth so that they are not noticeable.
A dental bridge is a type of restorative dentistry that replaces missing teeth. A prosthetic tooth, known as a pontic, is fused between two crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth. Bridges look natural and can restore your ability to speak and chew properly.
Dental implants are a permanent (and often lifelong) tooth replacement option. The implant is a tiny titanium screw acting as an artificial tooth root. An implant is placed during a minor surgical procedure. Once the implant is placed, a natural-looking crown is attached to it.
Inlays and onlays, also known as partial crowns, are used when a tooth has been weakened due to decay or trauma. Inlays and onlays serve the same purpose as fillings, but they cover more of the tooth, helping to restore it and strengthen the biting surface.
Partial dentures are a good option for replacing multiple missing teeth. Partial dentures are removable and are placed over either a metal or a plastic framework. Partial dentures can also be fixed in place with dental implants.
Complete dentures replace an entire arch of teeth. A full denture is made of a gum-colored base that rests on the gums, with replacement teeth set into position. The denture is made to fit snugly over the gums, and patients can adjust the fit of the denture by relining the base.
To find out more about the dental services offered at All About Dentistry, call (972) 414-8800 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 1922 Belt Line Rd, Garland, TX 75044.