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What Is Restorative Dentistry?

Many people with extensive dental issues are turning to restorative dentistry. Restorative dentistry involves replacing teeth that are decayed, damaged, or missing completely. Damage to teeth can result from a number of things like infections, accidents, or the aging process. Restoration of natural teeth improves their appearance and increases their durability. A dentist can determine the need for dental restoration by examining the teeth and evaluating the severity of any problems.   There are several procedures that involve the restoration of damaged teeth. Each one offers a different function. Dental crowns are a common form of restoration. A crown is used to completely cover a broken or decaying tooth. The damaged tooth is filed down, and the dentist takes an impression of the filed tooth. The dental crown is then constructed to fit the tooth, and it is permanently cemented on. Crowns are made from porcelain, metal, or both.

If the damaged area is small, a veneer may be used instead of a crown. Dental veneers are thin layers of ceramic or porcelain that are bonded to the tooth. Unlike a crown that caps the entire tooth, a veneer only covers the outer surface of the tooth. Veneers are a good option for those with chipped or cracking teeth.   For missing teeth, dental implants may be utilized. Implants are strong and can last a lifetime. The dentist surgically places an artificial root into the jawbone, and a permanent crown is attached to the implant. Some dentists choose to use a dental bridge as an alternative to an implant. A bridge can replace one or more missing teeth. It is a synthetic tooth used to fill the space between teeth. This keeps teeth from becoming misaligned. Crowns are placed on the surrounding teeth, and the bridge is fused to them. Dental bridges are ideal for correcting poor bites and preventing gum disease.

Other restorative procedures include laser reconstruction of the gums, braces and jaw alignment, and full mouth restoration. Restorative dentistry can improve the appearance and function of teeth and gums. With the various options available, a perfect smile is easy to attain.