Restorative Dentistry Is the Answer to Repairing Your Smile
Restorative dentistry is designed to treat and repair or replace diseased, defective or damaged teeth. Treatments include dental implants, crowns, bridges, fillings, root canals and more. Ideally, patients can recover good dental function and a more attractive smile.
Restorative dentistry focuses on the repair or replacement of teeth that are decayed, damaged or defective. While some of these procedures are cosmetic, many are considered medically necessary for oral health. Restoration typically refers to the placement of dental prosthetics. However, it can also involve treating and preventing dental disease. This is often essential for ensuring that the restored teeth remain in good condition.
Why Choose Restorative Dentistry?
Dental problems that are left untreated tend to get worse over time. A condition that started out affecting just one tooth can end up causing problems throughout your mouth. This is why it is so important to seek restorative treatment as soon as possible. Patients who undergo dental restoration at our office benefit by having:
- Less tooth discomfort, pain or sensitivity
- Proper function during biting and chewing
- Better long-term oral health
- A more attractive and vibrant smile
My visit was exceptional! Great care is given to my dental health. I have been going here for a number of years and for the last 6 years I live over an hour away and I still travel to Kalil & Kress because they care to do their very best on every visit. Thank you.” -Cynthia
Candidates for Restorative Dentistry
Dental restoration is intended for patients with any of the following tooth flaws:
One or more missing teeth
Cracked or fractured teeth
Stained teeth that do not respond to whitening
Teeth that have a root canal infection
Teeth that are decayed
Teeth that are misshapen or too widely spaced
Enamel that is excessively worn
Patients of any age can undergo dental restoration that is appropriate for their specific dental problems. If a procedure involves oral surgery, you should be in generally good health with no serious medical issues that would increase the risk of complications.
Restorative Dentistry Procedures
Dental restoration covers a very broad range of treatments. Here are some of the procedures performed at our office.
Tooth-Colored (Resin) Fillings:
Tooth-colored fillings restore teeth back to function utilizing a conservative preparation design.
Porcelain Inlays and Onlays:
Inlays and onlays are restoration options designed to strengthen and repair molars. Inlays are placed in the chewing surface of the tooth. Onlays replace the chewing surface and one or more cusps (the bumps around the outer perimeter of the molar). They may extend down the side of the tooth.
Crowns repair teeth that do not have enough healthy structure left to be restored with a filling, inlay or onlay. They are also used to anchor traditional bridges, to restore teeth that have undergone a root canal and to cap dental implants.
Porcelain veneers cover up minor flaws such as chips, cracks and permanent discoloration. They can also be used to restore teeth that are misshapen, short, crooked or too widely spaced.
Dental Composite Bonding:
Dental bonding is a resin material that matches the patient’s existing tooth color. It can be used to restore the original dimensions of a chipped tooth.
Dental implants are titanium restorative options that our team will place in the jaw. Once in place, they will fuse with the bone during healing. They are capped with a porcelain crown to replace a lost tooth. Implants can also be used to support bridges or dentures.
Bridges are dental prosthetics are used to replace a lost tooth. A traditional bridge is typically held in place by crowns on either side of the missing tooth.
Dentures are created for patients with extensive tooth loss. Dentures may be full or partial and removable or fixed depending on the extent of a patient’s tooth and bone loss.