What Is Restorative Dentistry?

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Restorative dentistry focuses on repair and restoration that can return your mouth to an optimal level of function and appearance. There are many different restorative dentistry procedures, and this means that every patient’s dental restoration process may take a completely different path. If you have serious dental problems of any type, you can consult with your dentist to plan a restorative dentistry procedure (or set of procedures) that will help restore your smile.

What Types of Procedures Are Included in Restorative Dentistry?

Restorative dentistry includes nearly anything that can repair or restore the smile. This may include:

  • Fillings: fillings restore the tooth when there are areas of decay that have created holes.
  • Root canal: a root canal might be needed when the tooth decay or damage is too severe to be repaired with a standard filling. The root canal procedure removes all damaged material, replaces it with a sterile material, and protects the tooth with a porcelain crown.
  • Veneers: veneers are panels, made from porcelain, that are cemented to the front of the tooth. They can protect teeth that have chips, cracks, or other types of damage.
  • Crowns: crowns are used to cover teeth that had a root canal, and they may also be used to protect cracked, broken, or otherwise damaged teeth.
  • Bridges: bridges are used to replace either single teeth or small groups of teeth. Bridges can be removable or fixed in place, depending on your needs.
  • Dental implants: dental implants replace the entire tooth, including the root system. Instead of natural roots, the dental implants have metal roots that are planted in the jaw. Dental implants are permanent.

Restorative dentistry procedures are scheduled in such a way that you have sufficient time for recovery between each one. For example, dental implants are a multi-step procedure because they require special preparation, implantation of the base, and then finally the attachment of the permanent prosthetic tooth. While it may take some time to achieve the full restoration that you need and want, the good news is that you can usually have restorative dentistry procedures without having to miss any significant time away from work. You may need to use special care in your brushing and flossing routines after each restoration appointment. Your dentist will give you specific instructions on how to best care for your teeth after restoration.

The Goal of Restorative Dentistry

The goal of restorative dentistry is to preserve the health of your natural teeth as much as possible. For this reason, procedures like root canal are always preferred to solutions like dental implants. In many cases, even when a lot of tooth decay is present or when gum tissue is missing, it’s possible to rebuild and restore the missing tissue. With restorative dentistry, the earlier that the restoration starts the better the results are likely to be. No matter how much tooth damage that you may have, there is very likely some type of restoration procedures that can help you regain a normal looking (and normally functioning) smile once again.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Restorative Dentistry?

Dental insurance may cover many restorative dentistry procedures. However, they may not cover procedures for which there is a less expensive alternative. For example, dental insurance might be more likely to cover dentures than they would be to cover dental implants. Many patients undergo dental restoration over time, sometimes over the period of several months or even a year or more. This can allow you enough time to make the financial arrangements needed to cover any part of the restoration that is not covered by your dental insurance. You can also consider financing options that would allow you to pay for the procedures on a monthly basis until they’re paid in full.

Bonham Dental Arts is a full-service dental care provider serving Largo, Florida area patients. Family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, sedation dentistry, and most other kids of dental care are available. Call the office anytime to arrange a visit for any member of your family. We look forward to helping with your dental restoration needs!