These procedures can include gum surgery, fillings, tooth extraction, implants, and strengthening of vulnerable teeth with caps, crowns and bridges, or resin fill-ins over the tops of molars.
Restorative dentistry is different from cosmetic dentistry in that it’s primarily concerned with mouth health and functionality. Generally, restorative dentistry procedures may need to be performed before cosmetic dentistry procedures can take place.
Restorative Dentistry Procedures
At Dental Beauty, we offer many different procedures for our patients. Many types of restorative dentistry procedures are intended to replace missing teeth. The goal of restorative dentistry is to improve your quality of life and enhance your self-confidence after tooth loss. However, each individual may be better suited to a different form of restorative dentistry.
Traditional replacement teeth are artificially constructed teeth that are made to align between the remaining teeth and closely resemble your other teeth. Partial dentures or bridges are removable false teeth that help keep your face’s shape and make your usual speaking and eating motions remain natural.
Am I a Good Candidate For Restorative Dentistry?
There are a few options when it comes to complete tooth replacement, including dental implants and dentures. The dental implant is a completely replaced tooth, created from titanium and ceramic coated with resin. A denture is also created from ceramic and resin, but unlike the dental implant, the denture sits atop the gums and jaw. A dental implant begins with implanting a titanium “root” into the jaw. Once that surgery heals, the artificial tooth is installed on top of the implant.
If you’re in good overall health and don’t smoke or drink excessively, then you’re probably an excellent candidate for many types of restorative dentistry. While each individual is different, both smoking and drinking alcohol can inhibit the healing process and make your new teeth age faster.
Does Restorative Dentistry Hurt?
Like any other dental procedure, you can expect a little discomfort. However, how much pain you feel depends on the procedure you have. When fitting dentures, you may feel some pressure when the rest of your mouth is cast to fit the new teeth. Once your custom-made dentures are in place, getting used to having the new teeth in your mouth may take some time.
For cavities, many people feel some soreness after the procedure. But thanks to novocaine and nitrous oxide, the actual procedure may simply feel uncomfortable — after all, it’s not every day someone has their hands in your mouth!
Dental implants may be a little more painful, as the procedure involves drilling into the jaw and placing the titanium screw in it. However, it’s done under general anesthetic, and the recovery is typically less painful after the first couple of days.
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