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Restorative Dentistry: What You Need to Know

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Dentist and his team treating a patient with dental restoration at clinic.

There are many things that contribute to a winning, healthy smile. Ongoing oral hygiene, preventative measures, and regular check-ups will all help to keep your teeth bright and picture-perfect. Sometimes, however, a person can have issues with their teeth that are brought on by injury or other health-related conditions. For these issues, dentists look to restorative dentistry.

In this blog, we’ll run through what you need to know about restorative dentistry treatments and their benefits.

What Is It?

So what is restorative dentistry, exactly? It’s a term that refers to the process of fixing or replacing damaged or lost teeth. It functions as a way to turn a compromised smile into a smile that looks exactly as it should.

There are many different benefits from this type of dentistry, and the methods of achieving end results vary. Ultimately the goal is always the same: to make the teeth look as beautiful as possible. 

What’s Involved?

There’s more than one way to create a perfect smile. Dentists have access to all the latest and best methods for correcting teeth. Lexington Family Smile will work with you to find the right solution.

Typically, restorative dentistry uses crowns, bridges, and dental implants. Let’s take a look at each of these procedures.

Dental Crowns

A crown is named such because it’s placed over a tooth like a crown. It’s tooth-shaped, tooth-colored, and highly customizable. Dr. Moulton can design one perfectly aligned with the overall shape and color of your other teeth. Dental crowns are great for fixing broken teeth. The tooth stays in place but shaped to receive the crown. The crown is then cemented over the tooth. 

Dental Bridges

A ‘bridge’ is another dentistry procedure that’s appropriately named. Dr. Moulton uses a dental bridge to replace missing teeth. They’re called a bridge because they ‘bridge’ the gap between two intact teeth. Even if the lost tooth isn’t causing much trouble, a bridge can prevent the other teeth from moving.

A dental bridge works just as well in the front of the mouth as on the sides or back. The bridge in the front of the mouth can improve the cosmetics of your smile where a tooth is missing.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is another procedure used to replace missing teeth. An anchor is placed in the gum, and an artificial tooth is attached to the implant. Just as with a bridge, dental implants look and function just like natural teeth.

The added benefit of a dental implant is that it prevents bone loss because the implant acts like a root. The implant actually prevents the bone from deteriorating because of the pressure applied every time you chew. A dental bridge lacks this benefit.

Another benefit of dental implants over other solutions is that is last much longer, even a lifetime. Because it looks, feels, and functions like a real tooth, you may even forget you have it.

The Benefits of Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dentistry procedures have great results that can change your life and how you feel about yourself. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of restorative dentistry.

More Confidence

It can be a little uncomfortable knowing that you’ve got a damaged or missing tooth in your mouth. Over time, this knowledge can prevent you from living your best life. You might avoid certain foods, avoid smiling or all-around be negatively impacted by the physical consequences of the missing tooth. Restorative dentistry can eliminate those problems. Rather than having a cosmetic dental problem impacting your quality of life, take action and restore your smile to its former glory.

As these are tried and tested cosmetic procedure, you can expect that they will positively influence your appearance. And that can lead to all manner of benefits that you may not even be aware of; there’s no shortage of things that increased confidence levels can do for you

Improve Jaw Function

While restorative dentistry is typically thought of as a cosmetic solution, there are wider benefits, too. For example, it can help improve overall jaw and mouth function.

When you lose one or more teeth, the gums begin to weaken without the support of the tooth. Furthermore, the jaw bone where the tooth was begins to deteriorate. That can make your mouth weaker and negatively impact the structure, including the loss of other teeth. Long-term consequences can result if the problem isn’t resolved.

By getting implants, you’ll be giving extra support to your mouth and ensure that your jaw works as it should. While most lost teeth do not cause pain or discomfort, that’s not always the case. Again, these types of procedures can help.

Ongoing Dental Hygiene

All manner of problems can materialize when teeth become damaged. Spaces in the mouth are more likely to become infected, while damaged teeth are more likely to rot. By taking control of the situation and getting restorative dentistry treatment, you’ll fix the problem at the core. These procedures last for a long-time, some even a lifetime. You’ll enjoy a winning smile for many years to come. 

About Lexington Family Smiles

Of course, while restorative dentistry may be common, it’s important that patients choose the right dentist to perform the job. Not all dentists are created equal!

At Lexington Family Smiles, we pride ourselves on high-quality work. We also work hard to provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere for every patient.

Our team is qualified and talented in a wide range of dental procedures. Whether it’s cosmetic dentistry or general dentistry, you’ll be in safe hands with us. Above all is our commitment to ensuring that every patient feels comfortable and at home from the first moment.

Ready to get started with your restorative dentistry treatment? Request an appointment today and a friendly team member will contact you to confirm. We look forward to seeing you.