Restorative dentistry is a term you hear frequently when it comes to oral care but many people are actually unsure of what it refers to. The standard definition is the integrated management of oral health problems and restoration of the mouth to a functional and esthetic state. Most general dentists are able to perform many of these procedures without additional education and certification. It depends on how difficult the procedure is and how comfortable your dentist feels. Many of the procedures are also covered by the dental specialty of prosthodontic dentistry, which includes fillings, veneers, crowns, bridges, full and partial dentures and dental implants.
Whichever term your dentist uses, either restorative or prosthodontic, the ultimate goal is to preserve as many of your natural teeth as possible. Replacing missing teeth with a dental implant, bridge, full or partial denture helps promote dental health as well as cosmetic looks. Filling in empty spaces in the mouth can help prevent cavities in the remaining teeth because odd-shaped gaps are open spots for plaque causing bacteria to live. Missing teeth also put extra stress on your remaining natural teeth because you don’t have as much available surface area to chew with.
Restorative dentistry at The Dental Centre includes any procedure that restores either the appearance or health of your teeth, such as fillings, root canals, and crowns. Even if you take excellent care of your teeth, they can still suffer from decay or damage. If you have cavities, a damaged tooth, or a missing tooth, delaying treatment can make your circumstances more painful as well as more expensive.
Our restorative services include:
• Full Dentures and Partial Dentures
• Dental Implants and Implant Restorations
• Root Canal Therapy
• Tooth-Colored Fillings
When talking with your dentist about restorative procedures, you need to take into account both physical and financial factors (your health and your budget). At the Dental Centre we do everything we can to preserve your natural teeth before resorting to full or partial dentures so you won’t have to remove and clean the devices regularly. But sometimes full or partial dentures are the better option if you have many missing teeth and you’re not a good candidate for dental implants due to other health issues.
Call or visit one of our locations to schedule an appointment to discuss your options. We have offices in Stouffville, Uxbridge, Sunderland, Port Perry, and Burlington.