The term restorative dentistry refers to any dental procedure that repairs or replaces a tooth. Cavity fillings, root canals, and even dental implants are examples of restorative procedures. Restorative dentistry can have two objectives: restoring the function of the teeth and improving their appearance
Restorative dentistry procedures: why they're important
Dental professionals refer to their procedures as “restorative dentistry” when they replace missing or damaged teeth. Restorative options include fillings, crowns (“caps”), bridges and implants. Our goal is to restore your natural smile and prevent future oral health issues
- The most common way to treat a cavity is for your dentist to remove the decay and fill the tooth with a filling material. Filling materials include gold, porcelain, silver amalgam (mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc, and copper), tooth-colored plastic, and composite resin.
A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers a tooth. It strengthens and protects your tooth structure. The dentist prepares the tooth, takes an impression, and the crown is made in a lab by a specialist.
When teeth are missing, a dental bridge “bridges” the gap. There is a crown on each end of a bridge as an anchor, with an artificial tooth or teeth connecting the crowns and filling the space. You can prevent your other teeth from moving out of place with a bridge. Once your bridge is in place, it works just like your natural teeth.
Missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants. Implants consist of a metal anchor and a false tooth, similar to a crown. In terms of appearance and feel, a dental implant is similar to a natural tooth.
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Top 5 Most Frequently Asked Questions.
Dentists diagnose, treat, and prevent conditions, disorders, and diseases of the teeth, gums, mouth, and jaw. As a necessary part of total oral health, dentistry can also affect the health of your entire body.
In most cases, tooth decay does not hurt until it gets close to the nerve. It is not uncommon to see patients with large cavities who have never felt a thing. Usually, a dentist can detect a cavity 3-4 years before any symptoms appear. Early detection can help you avoid root canal treatment.
Veneers can be used to restore or correct the following dental conditions:
Tooth discoloration or staining that is severe
Spaces that are unwelcome or uneven
Teeth that are worn or chipped
Crowding of a few teeth
Teeth that are crooked
Tooth sizes that are too small or too large
In most cases, veneers require two appointments. Veneers are created from an impression (mold) of your teeth that is then sent to a professional dental laboratory where each veneer is custom-made (for shape and color) for your individual smile.
Veneers are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the front surface of the teeth to allow for the thin thickness of the veneers without anesthesia. Occasionally, a specialized light is used to harden and seal the bond between the veneer and the tooth. Veneers are carefully fitted and bonded to the tooth surface with a special bonding cement.
Dental veneers can dramatically improve your teeth and give you a natural, beautiful smile.
Watch what you eat when it comes to sugar. Candy, fruits, crackers, and chips contain sugar. The bacteria in your mouth prefer these foods. Foods like raisins and peanut butter that stick to your teeth should be avoided. As a result, they can provide a constant supply of food to the bacteria eating into your teeth. Eat sweet items at a minimum during the day and brush your teeth afterward.
If you are unable to brush after a meal, rinse your mouth with water to remove food from your teeth. You can also chew sugarless gum after a meal. Chewing regulates the flow of your saliva, which is a natural plaque-fighting agent. Do not forget to visit the dentist on a regular basis. A cavity-free visit is largely due to good dental habits.
Only handle the crown of the tooth (the part you chew on), not the roots.
Do not scrub or use soap or chemicals to clean your teeth. If it is dirty or soiled, you can rinse it gently with your saliva or whole milk. If this is not possible, gently rinse it with water.
Visit a dentist within 30 minutes. Re implantation is less likely to be successful the longer you wait.
Transport methods for teeth
As soon as possible, replace the tooth in its socket. Keep the tooth in place by biting down on gauze, a wet tea bag, or your own teeth. Apply a cold compress to the mouth to relieve pain and swelling.
Place the tooth in a container and cover it with a small amount of your saliva or whole milk if it cannot be placed back in its socket. Alternatively, you can place the tooth under your tongue or between your lower lip and gums. Always keep the tooth moist. You should not transport the tooth in a tissue or cloth.
Keep a “Save-A-Tooth” storage container in your home first aid kit. A travel case and fluid solution are included in the kit, which is available in many pharmacies.
As soon as the tooth is replaced back into the socket, the greater the chances of it surviving and possibly lasting for a long time. You can save a knocked-out tooth by following these simple steps.
Broken or knocked-out teeth can be prevented by:
When playing sports, wear a mouth guard
Wear your seatbelt at all times
Keeping fights to a minimum
Do not chew hard items such as ice, popcorn kernels, hard breads, etc.
Meet Dr. Maxim Skormin, DDS
Now Dental is pleased to offer Dr. Skormin, one of the best dentists in League City and throughout the state of Texas, at our practice! Every member of our team works hard to meet the high standards of our dentist, and you can trust us with every aspect of your oral health.
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