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How We Provide Restorative Dentistry Care at Embudo Dental Center LLC
Restorative dentistry refers to the branch of dentistry that deals with the treatment of oral health issues and restoring the function and aesthetics of the oral cavity. Although it is not recognized as a dental specialty by the American Dental Association, general dentists often undergo further education and certification to be able to perform these procedures. The procedures covered under restorative dentistry include veneers, fillings, crowns, bridges, dental implants, and full or partial dentures.
Restorative dentistry is sometimes called prosthodontic dentistry. Regardless of the term used, it aims to keep the natural teeth if possible. Substituting the lost tooth with a bridge, partial denture or dental implant can also help a patient regain oral health. Filling a gap in the mouth can help prevent cavities since uneven spaces in the mouth are sweet spots for bacterial plaque accumulation. The missing tooth also puts extra pressure on the remaining teeth because the chewing surfaces have reduced.
Options available in restorative dentistry
When deliberating on the method to use in restorative dentistry, the patients must consider their oral health and budget. Many dentists in restorative dentistry will attempt to save the natural teeth before resorting to tooth restorations like dentures. However, full or partial dentures may be the better choice if several teeth are missing and the patient is not eligible for dental implants.
Nowadays, patients have many options for tooth restorations – repairing worn, damaged or decayed teeth or replacing lost teeth to give a healthy and beautiful smile. Any of the following types of dental restorations are available, depending on the kind of issue:
Direct tooth restoration involves applying a filling into a tooth affected by decay or cavities. The treatment can be completed in one office visit. The dentist will select from different filling options, depending on the type and location of the tooth. For instance, glass ionomers or resin are usually used on the front teeth or areas that do not suffer the intense force of chewing.
Indirect dental restorations include customized tooth replacements such as crowns, onlays, or inlays. A crown sits over the chewing surface of the tooth completely, an inlay covers the cusps of the tooth, and the onlay covers the tip of the cusp, as well as an area of the chewing surface. Indirect tooth restorations need multiple dental visits because the restorations have to be prepared in a dental lab. Crowns, inlays, and onlays can be produced from different types of materials. Gold materials are used for their durable nature, but patients who want white teeth would opt for porcelain or tooth-colored composite material for their restoration.
Note that when it comes to restorative dentistry, most dental insurance plans do not cover dental implants. They may be included under medical insurance based on the factors surrounding the tooth loss and if any medical condition is present. Book a consultation with your dentist to discuss how to restore the function and appearance of your smile through restorative dentistry.
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