Restorative dentistry rebuilds, repairs, and restores damaged areas in the oral cavity. Think of restorative dentists as the Chip and Joanna Gaines of the mouth. The goal of restorative dental procedures is to improve oral health which can have a positive impact on your overall and emotional well-being.
Here are five of the most common restorative dentistry treatments:
Fillings are used to repair the structure of a tooth that has been damaged by cavities or decay. The procedure for placing a filling is simple:
- The dentist administers anesthesia
- Decayed portions of the tooth are removed with a dental laser
- The composite resin filling is placed, shaped, and cured with a special curing light
- All the rough edges are smoothed
As a holistic dental practice, Well Rooted Dentistry uses only non-metallic, composite fillings that are custom matched to your tooth’s color to make sure you feel and look your best.
If the decay and deterioration of a tooth is too much for a filling to resolve, dentists will resort to crowns or caps to fix the issue. A dental crown is also used to support a dental bridge, conceal teeth with intrinsic dental stains, and attach to a dental implant.
Crowns are like a small helmet that is custom built to cover a tooth all the way down to the gum line and protect it from additional damage. Metal-free crowns made from biocompatible materials offer some of the strongest and healthiest options available. Our dental practice offers same-day CEREC crowns so your tooth can be completely restored in one visit.
Bridges are used when a tooth or up to three teeth in a row are missing. They are typically created by putting caps on the teeth on either side of the decayed or missing tooth and adding a pontic (or false tooth) to bridge the gap.
As with fillings and crowns, holistic dentists avoid metal materials in bridges. In addition to the potential allergic reaction and patient sensitivity to metal bridges and crowns, non-metallic options tend to appear more natural and less noticeable when patients smile. They have also proven to be more durable and stronger.
As a last resort, and in severe cases, dentists remove a damaged tooth. Whether it is a simple or complex extraction, the top priorities for any dentist should be to minimize pain and expedite a patient’s recovery.
Well Rooted Dentistry uses some of the most progressive, holistic processes to expedite recovery and get patients back to life. A variety of processes and therapies such as ozone therapy and laser therapy following procedures helps stop bleeding and initiate the healing processes.
When most people think of orthodontics, they think of the silver braces common in high school students. While this is an option, many adults opt for a restorative dental treatment known as a clear aligner therapy.
A clear aligner can take the place of traditional braces and do the same job over the same time period (sometimes even faster!). For many adults, the comfort, convenience, and clarity of a dental aligner is a preferable orthodontic experience.
Holistically Healthy Restorative Dental Treatments in Providence, RI
If damaged, decayed teeth are an issue for you or someone you love, schedule an appointment with our experienced dental team by calling (401) 443-4007 or sending us a message online.