Am I a Good Candidate for Restorative Dentistry?
December 31, 2020
A healthy smile gives you a good look and confidence. Tooth decay, infections, injury, and trauma are inevitable. No matter how well you take care of your teeth, there is always a problem with them at some point.
If you get tooth decay or other oral conditions, you should not worry since most of the problems are treatable. No matter how much you think your teeth are gone, they can always be fixed. Restorative dentistry takes care of multiple problems in the mouth. Restorative dentistry works with different patients with different needs.
What Does Restorative Surgery Entail?
Restorative dentistry refers to dental practices that help to restore oral function. Practices such as cavity fillings, root canals, crowns, dental implants, teeth alignment, veneers, and crowns. Some patients require full reconstruction, while others require a partial reconstruction. Depending on the severity of the problem, the dentist advises on the extent of restoration required.
Here are conditions that require dental restoration:
Trauma to the Mouth
Experiencing a hard blow to the mouth can cause damage that requires dental restoration. Patients who have been in accidents may require repairing missing or cracked teeth. After an oral accident, patients should visit the dentist for dental restoration.
The dentist can fix broken, missing, or chipped teeth, and even a broken or misaligned jaw. This type of restoration is considered an emergency, especially if the injury impedes oral function.
Long-term Wear and Tear
Even when your oral hygiene is top-notch, you may suffer from a dental problem due to wear and tear. As you grow older, the protective enamel on your teeth wears off and exposes the teeth to decay and infections. Certain foods, such as sugar and citrus fruits, contribute to faster wear and tear. Poor oral hygiene is the number one cause of wear and tear.
Excessive use of harmful drugs and substances also contributes to oral deterioration. People who grind their teeth also suffer from faster wear and tear. Restoration of worn-out teeth depends on the extent of the damage.
Periodontal diseases can cause extensive damage to your oral cavity. Tooth infections from cavities can result in missing teeth if they are not treated on time. Some infections in the teeth are treated with fillings. If they are severe, the patient can have root canals.
If extraction is inevitable, then the patient undergoes an oral restoration to fill in the gap. Gum disease and abscessed teeth should be treated as dental emergencies. If they are not treated on time, they can lead to further damage and loss.
Some people have no problem with the function of their teeth. They just do not like how they look. Dental restoration for cosmetic purposes seeks to correct unsightly teeth. Crooked or cracked teeth and misalignment can be fixed by cosmetic restoration.
Discolored or impacted teeth and outgrown fillings are also candidates for dental restoration. Discolored and yellowed teeth are restored via deep dental cleaning. Receding gums are also restored and corrected. Installing dental veneers and porcelain crowns cover up any points that the patient is not comfortable with.
To learn more about restorative dentistry, contact Armbrust Dental, PC in Omaha, Nebraska at 402-396-0003.