Restorative dentistry refers to any treatments that restore health or improve the appearance of your teeth. These treatments can include simple treatments such as dental cleanings and fillings to more cosmetic treatments such as dental veneers and dental crowns. Restorative dentistry is sometimes referred to as prosthodontics, and this field of dentistry focuses on the diagnosis, restoration, and replacement of missing teeth.
What Are Restorative Dental Treatments?
Restorative dental treatments are meant to correct damage caused by tooth decay, injury, or disease. The treatments work to restore both the function and appearance of your teeth.
Restorative dental treatments may include the following:
Dental fillings are most commonly used to treat cavities. A cavity is a small hole in your tooth caused by decay. Dental fillings help restore the structure of your teeth and prevent the decay from spreading.
There are several types of dental fillings available, including silver amalgam, composite resin, and glass ionomer. Consult with our dentist to determine which type of filling will be best for your teeth.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped restoration designed to look like a real tooth. A crown covers the entire tooth above the gum line, restoring the shape and function of the tooth. The crown is permanently attached to the tooth with dental cement. When a tooth is injured or decayed, a dental crown can restore the tooth to normal.
Dental bridges are one of the most commonly used restorations in restorative dentistry. A dental bridge is an artificial tooth attached to two crowns. The crowns will be placed on and bonded to the teeth adjacent to the space, with the bridge between them filling the gap and restoring the normal appearance and function of the teeth.
Removable complete dentures are for patients who have lost all of their teeth, whereas partial dentures are for those who have a few teeth remaining in their mouth. The denture appliance can replace the gums and palate, restoring the appearance of the smile. The dentures are worn during the day and removed at night for cleaning. Dentures can be supported by dental implants or held in place with adhesive.
Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements. They are composed of a titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone. The tooth restoration is affixed to the top of the post. Dental implants are an excellent option for people who are missing one or more teeth and want an alternative to bridges or dentures.
At your dental office, we may suggest root canal surgery if your tooth is infected due to a cavity or injury. The infection will irritate the nerves in the root of the tooth and cause pain and sensitivity. Root canal treatment removes the infected tissue from your tooth, replacing it with a filling. This restores the functionality of your tooth so you can continue eating a healthy diet and smile with confidence.
To learn more about our dental services or to schedule your appointment with us, call ourDentist in Colorado Springs COat (719) 374-5496 or visit our dental office located at 1359 Interquest Pkwy Suite 100, Colorado Springs, CO 80921.