Dentists use the term “restorative dentistry” to explain to patients how they replace or restore damaged or missing teeth. The end goal is always to restore the mouth to its functional and aesthetic state. Since it isn’t a separate specialty, dentists don’t require special certification or education to perform the procedures listed under this ‘branch’.
Importance of Restorative Dentistry
Treatment Options Under Restorative Dentistry
Since restorative dentistry encompasses damaged and missing teeth, there are a few treatments included in this category.
Simple Fillings: If you have a cavity that isn’t extensive, your dentist at Anoka will remove the decayed material and fill the tooth with the material. This can be either porcelain, gold (rare), amalgam, composite resin, or tooth-colored plastic.
Dental Crowns: A tooth-shaped cap is used to restore a damaged tooth’s structural and functional integrity. The damaged tooth is prepared, impressions are taken, and the crown is manufactured in a dental lab.
Dental Bridges: These are used to bridge gaps left behind by missing teeth. Bridges have crowns on either end that act as anchors. An artificial tooth connects the crowns and fills the space. Bridges prevent teeth from misaligning and work just like your natural teeth.
Dental Implants: Dental implants are the best long-term replacement for missing teeth. It has 2 parts – a metal implant (abutment) that is placed inside the jaw and an artificial tooth similar to a dental crown placed on top. It looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth. Despite the long procedure time, it is incredibly popular owing to its 98% success rate.
Caring For Your Restoration
If you or a loved one has a chipped, broken, damaged, or missing tooth, give Anoka Dental a call on (763) 421-4002 to book a visit. Our expert dental team will ensure that they restore your oral health, giving back your radiant smile. Alternatively, you can also fill this form to schedule your appointment.