Restorative Dentistry

Many dentists provide comprehensive restorative dentistry for patients who suffer from common oral health problems that require necessary care. These techniques can overlap with cosmetic dentistry procedures as modern restorations are designed to look and feel natural or improve one's existing appearance. Although many dentists can perform various restorative procedures there may still be a difference in the quality a cosmetic dentist may provide over a general or family dentist. Restorative dentistry procedures are common to general or family dentists and involve the diagnosis and treatment of conditions effecting the teeth, gums and maxillofacial (jaw and face) portions of the body.

The following is a list of common general restorative procedures:

Dental crowns

Crowns are used to cover damaged, cracked, chipped teeth, or to generally restore teeth. When cemented into place, they fully cup over the portion of a tooth which lies at and above the gum line. Dentists will match the color of your teeth to give you a natural look and feel.

Crown & Bridge work

A dental bridge is a custom device anchored to neighboring teeth that replaces one or more missing teeth. A tooth or teeth replaced with bridgework are replaced by a natural-looking prosthetic (replacement) that is held together by the teeth on either side of the missing one(s). Crowns and bridges are most commonly prepared from high quality materials such as semiprecious or precious metals, porcelain, or a fused combination of the two. Your dentist will take into account esthetics, function and tissue compatibility when selecting the material most suitable for your teeth.

Esthetic fillings

Teeth fillings are utilized using the most modern advancements in dentistry. The exact placing of modern composites allows the tooth to be as close as possible to its original strength in the most conservative fashion.Modern dental technologies use composites of a very hard "plastic" that bonds (micromechanically fuses) to the tooth to hold the tooth together. The use of amalgam fillings has been replaced with these plastics as some dentists believe that amalgam fillings expand and contract with hot, cold and biting. Some believe amalgam technology can lead to teeth that are weakened with every meal and that are susceptible to fracturing. Amalgam also contains mercury, a toxic element that is released from the fillings that has uncertain effects on the entire body