What is Restorative Dentistry?
Restorative dentistry is the diagnosis, study, and management of diseases that involve the teeth, as well as their supporting structures (the gums, jaws, and mouth); it also includes the restoration and rehabilitation of both the functional and the aesthetic aspects of the smile.
Treatments that fall under restorative dentistry can sometimes be confused with cosmetic dentistry treatments, the main difference being:
restorative dentistry places the same focus on both functional AND aesthetic improvements, while cosmetic dentistry focuses on aesthetic aspects.
What is Involved in Restorative Dentistry?
- Dental Crowns – A dental crown is a cap that resembles the natural appearance of teeth, and is placed on top of a decayed or damaged tooth to restore both its function and appearance. The crown covers the affected tooth to protect it from further damage, and also to deal with the unattractiveness brought by tooth decay.
- Dental Bridges – A dental bridge is used to replace the form and the function of missing natural teeth. The dental bridge is used to close the gap caused by a missing tooth (or missing teeth), and is anchored to natural teeth on both sides of the gap. Proper function is restored with a dental bridge, and the smile is made complete once again.
- Dental Fillings – Tooth fillings are used to restore the use and the appearance of a tooth that has been damaged by tooth decay. The filling material makes the affected tooth “whole”, so that it can function properly once more.
- Dental Implants – Dental implants provide long-lasting and natural-looking replacements for both the form and the function of missing teeth. The implants are embedded directly into the jaw bone, so that they can then be attached to prosthetic teeth (dental crowns or a dental bridge) to restore the appearance of a beautiful smile.
- Dentures – Dentures replace the form and function of teeth that are missing in a whole arch (the lower or upper jaw, or both). As dentures have a tendency to become loose with long-term use, implant-stabilised dentures are recommended for more efficient missing teeth solutions.
- Inlays and Onlays – Inlays and onlays restore both the function and the form of teeth that have damaged cusps or indented ridges.
- Root Canal Treatment – A root canal treatment can successfully save a damaged tooth from being extracted, especially if the pulp and root portions have been affected. Once the infection has been dealt with, and the damaged portions are removed, a dental restoration can be used to restore the healthy appearance of the smile.
- Full Mouth Reconstruction – A full mouth reconstruction is needed by patients who have severe and/or multiple dental problems. The treatments involved in a full mouth reconstruction have the aim of restoring the patient’s good dental health, as well as the attractiveness of the smile.
Who Can Have Restorative Dentistry?
Restorative dentistry treatments are recommended for those who would like to restore both the form and the function of their smiles, as these treatments place the same emphasis on both functional and aesthetic aspects of the patient’s dental health.
Benefits of Restorative Dentistry
- Restorative dentistry brings back the proper function of affected teeth, so that normal daily activities (such as eating and biting on food) can be managed once more without any difficulties.
- Restorative dentistry treatments rehabilitate and improve the aesthetic aspect of the smile.