Restorative dentistry essentially takes care of your teeth where there are issues that need to be corrected in order to return the teeth and mouth either to good health, looking great or to normal oral function. It’s something that most people don’t need until later in life and can be used to correct a wide range of dental problems, whether they are aesthetic or affect a person’s health. The goal with restorative dentistry is to preserve as much of the existing teeth as possible, working with the structure that is already there in order to both correct and prevent problems getting any worse.
Treatments that are covered by the term restorative dentistry include operative dentistry, periodontology, endodontics and prosthodontics. In more detail, these are:
Operative dentistry – this type of dentistry deals with teeth, or parts of teeth, that may be malformed or missing, whether that is because the teeth have become decayed, discoloured, developed in an unusual way or been the subject of some sort of trauma.
Periodontology – this is essentially a type of dentistry that has at its heart the prevention of gum disease. This speciality covers the structures in the mouth that support the teeth, the different types of problems that may arise, as well as developing treatments for gum disease.
Endodontics – the most common form of endodontics is a root canal treatment. This is dentistry that relates to the dental ‘pulp.’
Prosthodontics – this is also known as dental prosthetics or prosthetic dentistry and concerns the process of restoring or replacing teeth for cosmetic or aesthetic purposes.
The kinds of treatments that come under the terms above include root canal treatment, tooth whitening, dental implants, braces, fillings, crowns, veneers and bridges. Your dentist could recommend a single treatment or a combination of treatments that are designed to return your mouth to a state where you can eat, drink and – most importantly! – smile without any pain, discomfort or embarrassment.
Most restorative dentistry treatments can be easily incorporated into daily life with minimal impact. The risks are relatively minor and most patients experience very little in the way of problems after restorative dentistry, as long as the post-treatment care is followed. The big benefit of restorative dentistry is that it can cure ongoing issues – whether you’re embarrassed about your smile or you have constant pain from tooth decay, you can go on to live healthily and happy thanks to the restorative dentistry procedures available.
Smile Pad offers restorative dentistry in Bristol, London, Chertsey and Salisbury. If you would like more information on the procedures available please contact your local practice for more information.