What is Restorative Dentistry?
If your teeth are cracked and painful, and your smile is less than perfect, you could be a candidate for restorative dentistry. Dr. Roberto Palmieri and his team are dedicated to restoring your teeth to a healthy, pain-free state. Here’s what restorative dentistry can do for you.
What is restorative dentistry?
Restorative dentistry consists of dental procedures that aim to restore the strength, health, comfort, and functioning of your teeth. It does not include routine teeth cleaning, whitening, or annual well-care visits.
Restorative dentistry aims to fix oral problems that make your mouth painful or unsafe. And even though the procedures can make your smile more attractive, beauty is only a secondary goal and often the result of fixing damaged teeth.
Here are some procedures that Dr. Palmieri, an AACD Accredited dentist, performs to restore your teeth.
When teeth decay, the process causes cavities. Dentists have to drill out the decayed parts of teeth, and then they must fill the hollowed-out area with something else. Fillings can also repair cracked or broken teeth. Today, fillings can be composed of:
- Composite resins made of plastic and glass
- Silver amalgams consisting of mercury mixed with tin, silver, zinc, and copper
The location of the filling, degree of decay, and the cost typically dictate the type of filling used.
A healthy tooth’s crown is the part that sits above the gums, the part you see. When a tooth is cracked, ground down, or has had multiple fillings, little of the tooth enamel is left. An artificial crown is required to stabilize the part that remains.
Crowns typically are made of porcelain, ceramic, composite resins, or various metal alloys. Dr. Palmieri will numb the tooth, and then the tooth is either built up or shaved down to make room for the crown. A temporary, then a permanent crown is cemented onto the base.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth that takes the place of a missing tooth. The titanium “root” is surgically implanted into the jawbone, which fuses with the bone and resembles a natural tooth root.
Once the implant is successfully fused, an abutment is screwed into the implant. The abutment holds the visible crown, which is either cemented or screwed into place.
A dental bridge is a set of false teeth that spans the gap left by missing teeth. Bridges are attached to crowns that sit on the two anchoring teeth that flank the gap. Some are attached permanently, and some are designed to be removed at night.
Bridges can prevent your remaining teeth from moving out of position, restore your ability to speak and chew normally, and restore your smile.
Dentures are replacements for several missing teeth that are attached with an adhesive and are meant to be taken in and out of your mouth. Although dentures won’t feel like real teeth, they can improve your smile and keep facial muscles from sagging.
Root canal therapy
When the root of your tooth is infected or inflamed, a root canal procedure can relieve pain and can save your tooth. Dr. Palmieri will remove the pulp inside the canals of your tooth root, clean and disinfect the area, and seal the space. A crown is often placed over the remains of the tooth to strengthen it.
To learn more about restorative dentistry and how it can protect and renew your smile, call our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Palmieri today.