Restorative dentistry involves the diagnosis and management of oral diseases. It restores the teeth and its surrounding structures and also preserves the aesthetic appeal of the oral cavity. Restorative dentistry procedures focus on rebuilding, replacing, and restoring the teeth and other oral structures.
What are the various services provided under restorative dentistry?
Restorative dentistry provides a versatile range of treatments to restore the health and also the aesthetic appeal of the smile. Some of them have been listed below:
Tooth loss is inevitable but it is necessary to replace missing teeth. If not replaced timely, tooth loss gives birth to orthodontic and periodontal problems. Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth to restore the health and beauty of the oral cavity. They are titanium screws that are surgically placed below the gum line into a hole drilled in the underlying bone. These titanium screws act as false tooth roots that are then connected to a dental crown or bridge to replace the visible portion of the missing teeth.
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped dental prosthetics that are mounted over damaged teeth to restore their natural shape, size, color, and function. They are used to:
- Protect damaged teeth from breaking.
- Fix broken, fractured, and cracked teeth.
- Cover teeth that have lost their structure to decay.
- Restoring the color of stained and discolored teeth.
Dental bridges are used to replace a missing tooth or multiple teeth to restore the health and aesthetic appeal of the oral cavity. They consist of artificial teeth connected to dental crowns on both or one side. The artificial teeth fill the gaps left by missing teeth and the crowns are cemented on to the teeth present on either side of the gap. They provide for a great restorative solution for patients looking for non-surgical methods of replacing missing teeth.
Dentures are the most commonly used dental restoration for replacing missing teeth. They consist of artificial teeth attached to a pink base. The artificial teeth mimic the natural teeth, while the pink base mimics the gum tissues. Dentures are custom-designed for each patient to fit snugly over the gum line. They can be used to replace a few or all the teeth on a dental arch.
Invisalign is a set of clear aligners used to treat mild to moderate orthodontic issues like crooked, misaligned, and gapped teeth. It is a modern alternative to traditional braces and uses custom-designed clear trays to fix orthodontic issues. These clear aligners are worn over teeth for a period of 10-12 months - based on the severity of the problem - and shift teeth to their ideal position by applying a calculated force.
Inlays and Onlays
When a patient suffers from tooth decay or damage that does not warrant extraction but cannot be treated with standard fillings. In such cases, dental inlays and onlays or partial crowns help restore the teeth to their original strength. Inlays and onlays or partial crowns are nothing but a modified version of standard fillings. Also known as indirect fillings, the material required for inlays and onlays or partial crowns is prepared in a laboratory, unlike the standard fillings. The structures are a go-to procedure when the patient needs replacement or removal of old fillings.
Historic Hyde Park Dentistry has been transforming smiles for Decades. Dr. Lori, along with her team, uses state-of-the-art technology to dental problems and reconstruct malaligned teeth to provide aesthetic and healthy smiles. For inquiries & appointments, please reach out to us at 813-253-3041. You can also visit our office at 612 West De Leon Street, in Tampa, FL 33606.