Restorative dentistry is a branch of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental conditions that affect the functionality, health, and appearance of teeth and their supporting structures. It involves restoring or replacing damaged, decayed, or missing teeth to improve oral function, aesthetics, and overall oral health. At Low Country Dental Center, restorative dental treatments may include inlays and onlays, dental crowns, bridges, dental implants, tooth fillings, and root canal therapy. These restorative dental procedures can repair damage caused by tooth decay and protect the smile from further damage in the future.
Types of Restorative Dentistry
A crown is a type of restoration meant to cover a tooth that is weakened or has suffered from extensive decay. The crown covers the entire tooth surface and is bonded into place with a strong adhesive. The crown restores the tooth to its original size and shape while preventing further damage and protecting the health of the surrounding teeth.
Used to repair teeth affected by dental decay or minor fractures, dental fillings restore the structure and function of the tooth. They are typically made of composite resin, amalgam, or porcelain.
Dental implants are a popular and effective restorative treatment option for missing teeth. They are small titanium screws that act as the tooth root and are placed within the jawbone during minor oral surgery. Dental implants restore your ability to chew and speak properly, help prevent bone loss in the jaw area, and eliminate the need to use messy adhesives like dentures. Patients prefer dental implants because they are more comfortable than other types of restorations and are natural looking.
Benefits of Restorative Dentistry
Restorative dentistry can significantly improve the appearance of teeth and the overall smile. Dental restorations, such as dental crowns, bridges, or veneers, are customized to match natural teeth' color, shape, and size, resulting in a more attractive and confident smile.
One benefit of restorative dental care is the improved ability to bite and chew food. This is true whether a tooth has been restored with a dental crown or dental bridge or is completely replaced with dental implants. A properly functioning mouth allows you to enjoy a variety of nutritious foods without pain or discomfort.
When tooth decay or trauma causes a tooth to become broken, chipped, stained, or otherwise damaged, your smile can look and feel unhealthy. Restorations help patients rebuild their smiles so they look and function their best. The treatment process varies based on the type of restoration that is needed. For example, porcelain veneers are a cosmetic procedure that conceals major imperfections in just two appointments. On the other hand, dental crowns protect damaged teeth by restoring their strength and appearance.
Addressing dental problems promptly through restorative dentistry can prevent the progression of oral health issues. If you suspect you have a damaged tooth or need restorative dental treatment, visit Low Country Dental Center at 70 Pennington Dr, Ste 7, Bluffton, SC 29910, or call (843) 706-3377 to schedule an appointment.