A healthy, beautiful smile can boost your confidence and quality of life. However, several dental issues, including tooth decay and tooth loss, can compromise your oral health. Restorative dentistry offers patients a range of treatments that can address many significant dental concerns. Learn more about restorative dentistry’s transformative properties below.
Advantages of Restorative Dentistry
Restorative dentistry can help patients of all ages with many dental issues. Advantages include:
- Restoring oral health
- Improving the ability to chew and speak properly
- Eliminating pain
- Decreasing the risk of some future dental issues
- Improving the look of your smile
The Difference Between Restorative Dentistry and Cosmetic Dentistry
Because of the transformative nature of the procedures involved in restorative dentistry, the result is often an improved function and appearance of the teeth. However, the primary goal of restorative dentistry is to address functional dental issues, such as a fractured tooth that makes it difficult to chew. On the other hand, cosmetic dentistry focuses specifically on enhancing the appearance of your smile through treatments such as teeth whitening.
Types of Dental Restoration
Depending on your particular dental health needs, you may be treated with any of the several restorative dentistry procedures available, including:
- Fillings: When bacteria and acids in plaque damage the tooth’s enamel, cavities can form. Fillings can treat smaller cavities to stop the progression of decay, eliminate pain, and restore the tooth’s function.
- Crowns: If you have a larger cavity that cannot be effectively treated with a filling, Dr. Krell may use a crown, which is fitted over the entire tooth to protect it.
- Inlays: Inlays are restorations that can fit into the missing tooth structure, akin to a puzzle piece. They are bonded into place and are a permanent solution.
- Root canal therapy: Root canal therapy is necessary in serious cases of tooth infection and decay. The pulp of the tooth is removed during this procedure, and the interior of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected. The tooth is then fitted with a seal, and later, a crown to reinforce the tooth.
- Bridges: Bridges are an excellent choice for replacing a missing tooth as well as a row of missing teeth. Bridges look natural and can help improve your smile.
- Dental implants: A dental implant is a post that replaces a missing tooth root. A crown is then fitted over the post which looks, feels, and functions just like the missing tooth.
Transform Your Smile in Houston
Facing serious dental issues can be unfamiliar and scary territory, but Dr. Krell and his compassionate staff are here to help you regain your smile and confidence. If you are ready to transform your smile with restorative dentistry, contact our office to schedule a consultation today.