In the most recent survey on the topic of dental caries among adults conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, 91% had dental caries in one or more permanent teeth. Restorative dentistry is an important part of what the dentists at Northwest Dental do. Protect your teeth, and book an appointment online, or call one of the one of the Washington locations in Bellingham, Burlington, Arlington, Everett, or Oak Harbor.
As the name implies, restorative dentistry restores the function and appearance of teeth. There are many reasons you may need restorative dentistry, but tooth decay is the most common reason.
Most conditions requiring restorative procedures are discovered during routine dental checkups. If your Northwest Dental professional notices decay, chipped or cracked teeth, or any other condition that requires restorative care, a treatment plan can be formed.
By far, the most common restorative procedure is that of a dental filling to stop tooth decay. Given the fact that nine out of 10 American adults have dental caries (cavities), fillings are common.
Other types of restorative procedures include:
Missing teeth can lead to worsened oral health because the gaps they leave allow the remaining teeth to shift their positions over time, which can cause trouble with chewing and bite misalignment. There are several methods for replacing missing teeth, and the one your dentist suggests will depend on several factors.
A crown is a sort of cap that sits over an existing tooth, providing strength and protection. Crowns are necessary when a filling would be too large, or when there is not enough tooth left for a filling.
Bridges are false teeth that are usually held in place by crowns on anchoring teeth on either side and are considered an indirect form of tooth replacement. You usually need at least two visits to get a bridge.
Dental implants replace the whole tooth, including the roots, as they attach into the bone structure to provide strength below the surface of the gum. A crown attaches to each implant to restore both appearance and function.
First, restorative dentistry gives you back the full function of your teeth, which can be important for both oral health and overall physical health. Being able to chew properly may improve nutrition, and oral hygiene is often easier and more effective when teeth function fully.
Restorative procedures also improve the appearance of your teeth, and sometimes the shape of your face. Feeling better about how your teeth look can give you a surprising confidence boost, providing unexpected and welcome social benefits.