As a general term addressing a variety of oral infections and diseases, restorative dentistry includes diagnosis, prevention, and treatment using an array of methods suited to fit each patient’s needs.
Restorative dentistry is dental care beyond a routine cleaning or examination. For instance, when a patient reports for their six-month examination, the dentist may discover tooth decay, a chipped or broken tooth, or teeth that are discolored. In this case, the dentist is likely to suggest some form of restorative dentistry to treat the condition. Depending on the needs of the patient, many methods are available, from minimally invasive to more complex.
The Versatility of Restorative Dentistry
While there are generally four types of materials used in restorative dentistry (porcelain, amalgam, composite resin, and gold), variations of these materials are applied, adding to the versatility of restorations performed today.
Tooth fillings, for example, are a common restoration. During treatment, dentists remove decay and repair or “restore” the surface of teeth to prevent more decay. The location of the cavity, as well as the patient’s oral health and aesthetic concerns will determine which filling material is used.
For teeth that are chipped or cracked, veneers are an increasingly popular restoration, with a beautiful result. Porcelain and/or composite resin is often the material used, as the Veneers are bonded or cemented to teeth. In terms of function and aesthetics, Veneers are a top-rated restoration.
Also restoring the look, feel, and function of teeth are drowns, inlays/onlays, partials, bridges, and dental implants. Essentially, for every condition and those in between, there is a restorative measure to treat it. Teeth can be covered, reshaped, resurfaced, or replaced, with a framework and method to specifically match the patient’s needs.
As a highly skilled restoration dentist, Dr. Walford at Marvin Village Dentistry brings a conscientious approach to each patient, addressing specific needs and concerns. While every attempt will be made to preserve your healthy teeth, Dr. Walford’s expertise in a wide range of dental restorations means that you will receive the highest standard of dental care, with little impact on your daily life. For convenient scheduling, call Marvin Village Dentistry today.
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