What is Restorative Dentistry?
Restorative dentistry is used when it’s necessary to replace or repair missing or damaged teeth. Fillings, crowns (“caps”), bridges and implants are common restorative options. These preventative and cosmetic procedures bring back your natural smile and prevent future oral health issues.
Why restorative dentistry procedures are important
Having missing or damaged teeth can lead to health and confidence issues. The following are included in the many benefits of undergoing restorative dental procedures:
- Filling empty spaces in the mouth helps keep teeth properly aligned
- Replacing teeth makes it easier to maintain good oral care habits to help prevent plaque build-up and the problems plaque can lead to
- Missing teeth can affect your health, appearance and self-esteem
Restorative Dentistry Treatment Options
The most common way to treat a cavity is for Dr. Broda to remove the decay and fill the tooth. We use exclusively white resin for our fillings and do not use the old metal amalgam materials. Your result will be both beautiful and clinically sound.
It’s easier than you think to turn broken, cracked, or decaying teeth into healthy, beautiful teeth. Dental crowns, also known as caps, correct your teeth and strengthen them by fitting tightly over your existing teeth. Crowns mask the appearance of broken or decaying teeth and protect them from becoming even more damaged.
All it takes is a few quick appointments at Broda Family Dental to design, fit and place your new crown. Once your crown is set, it’s just like having a natural tooth.
A dental bridge “bridges” the gap where there are missing teeth. A bridge has a crown on each end with an artificial tooth or teeth between them. The end crowns are used to anchor the bridge in place either on dental implants or other natural teeth. A bridge can keep your other teeth from moving out of place, and once placed, it works just like your natural teeth.
Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. An implant has 2 parts: a metal anchor that replaces the root of the missing tooth and a crown that replaces the top of the missing tooth. A dental implant looks and feels like a natural tooth.
Tips for taking care of your natural teeth as well as restorative dental work
- Brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day.
- Electric toothbrushes can help remove plaque from your teeth and restorative work.
- Make sure to floss around your teeth, dental implants, crowns and bridges every day.
- Try not to chew on hard or sticky foods. These can damage your implant, bridge or crown.
- Use an antibacterial mouthwash to help fight plaque bacteria around restorative work.
If you are looking for a secure, long-lasting restorative solution, contact us at Broda Family Dental of Boulder today to schedule a consultation, and find out teh best course of treatment for your situation.