Any dental treatment that is restorative by nature is restorative dentistry.
It is also the study and the diagnosis that is incorporated into teeth disease management and other structures that support it. And not just this, it also offers treatments and therapies addressing the aesthetic and functional components of the mouth. The different and related dentistry branches like periodotics, prosthodontics, and endodontics are also a part of this.
As part of restorative dentistry there are a set of processes or procedures so as to help replace lost teeth, or to set right any damaged teeth and also to set right any inappropriately set joints in the jaw. And if anyone has faulty bite issues, gum or jawbone damage, replacement of dental work that has practically worn-out and also any related mouth diseases are treated as part of restorative dentistry.
So what comes under the umbrella of Restorative Dentistry?
- Dental implants of any kind or type
- Treatment for periodontal problems
- Aesthetic dentistry
- Implant dentistry
- Any and most cosmetic procedures fall under this
- Braces of any kind
- Tooth whitening procedure
- Dental fillings of any type
- Dental crowns
- Root canal treatments
- Dental bridgework
- Plastic surgery based gum restoration
- Dental veneers
- Gums and bone reconstruction
- Any type of grafting in the mouth
A look into a couple Restorative Dentistry Procedures
Aesthetic teeth fillings
Teeth fillings these days are as close to how the original teeth are like. It is appreciable how far advanced dentistry has actually become. In terms of strength, look and feel, it looks just like natural teeth. And to make these fillings, the latest technologies are employed and plastic that is very hard is used so as to bond to the tooth and hold it well. And these days, this is more common than what was once used, which is the amalgam fillings. As over time, amalgam fillings wear away and since it has traces of mercury, it was believed to be harmful to the body.
Dental crowns are very much part of restorative dentistry practices. Crowns are resorted to when the dentist attempts to wrap or cover up cracked, chipped, or damaged teeth. Sometimes, if the tooth has to be restored, then also crowns are an option. The crowns are cemented or sealed into place and they practically cover or cup that part of the tooth that is seen above the gums. And the crowns will look and feel as natural and will be in line with the color of your teeth.
Crown and Bridgework
A dental bridge is basically a tailored or customized contraption that is secured to any nearby teeth that is next to the missing teeth. The bridgework replaced teeth are more or less replaced by more natural-like prosthetic replacements and is securely held by the teeth that are next to it. Bridges and crowns are usually prepared from good, high-quality materials like porcelain, precious or even semiprecious metals. Sometimes, it could be a combination of both porcelain and metals. When deciding the type of bridgework material, your budget, requirement, and also function and how compatible it will be with the tissue in the mouth is taken into consideration before your dentist actually decides on the type of bridgework.
Air Abrasion Technique
As part of this, aluminum oxide in the form of very fine powder is used. It is subject to intense air pressure and it slowly blows up the small cavities that are present in teeth. This is a technique that is not invasive and the need of injections and even anesthesia can be avoided. If there is tooth decay or any issues with the teeth, this is a good technique to opt for.
Cosmetically enhanced dentures
Dentures are the perfect and the best example of restorative dentistry. As it sets to restore the teeth that are missing, removed or lost. Or for people with no teeth, dentures act as the perfect restoration. There are both complete and partial dentures, because in some cases, people still have some good, healthy teeth left and they can rely on partial dentures. Dentures ensure that the shape of your face is not lost and it supplements all the functions of regular teeth as in chewing and biting.
Restorative dentistry is many things and does have a bit of many related dentistry branches. But over time, it has evolved identifiably as a separate and defined dentistry practice and its main and only motive is to restore, reinstate, and re-establish any functions to do with the teeth, mouth, or gums even.