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Restorative Dentistry Q & A

What is restorative dentistry?

Restorative dentistry is focused on treatments aimed at restoring teeth damaged by decay or trauma, as well as repairing the damage that occurs as a result of gum disease. Restorative procedures help ensure teeth remain as healthy as possible, so more serious issues, including tooth loss, can be avoided.

What types of procedures are considered restorative?

There are many types of restorative treatments, but some of the most popular include:

  • Amalgam fillings and tooth-colored fillings (also called white fillings)
  • Inlays and onlays
  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Gum surgery, including gum grafts

Dentures and implants may also be considered restorative treatments since they restore your natural smile and bite mechanics after tooth loss.

What is an inlay or an onlay?

Inlays and onlays are restorations used to treat large areas of decay or damage that are too big to be treated with fillings but not large enough to require a crown. An inlay is used to correct damage on the top surface of teeth while an onlay is designed to extend down the side of the tooth.

Like crowns, inlays and onlays are made in a dental lab using strong, durable materials that can be tinted to match your own teeth, so they look completely natural.

Does a missing tooth always have to be replaced?

Yes. Your teeth are designed to work in a specific way to create a bite pattern that is unique to you. When you lose a tooth, that bite pattern becomes disrupted. As a result, teeth don't meet the way they usually do, and that can place significant stress and strain on your jaws, resulting in chronic jaw pain and headaches.

When a tooth falls out, the bone beneath the tooth will begin to atrophy over time, and neighboring tooth roots can become loose, causing additional tooth loss. Plus, lost teeth can cause uneven wear and strain on other teeth that need to compensate for the missing tooth. Dental implants, bridges, and dentures can all be good options for replacing one or more missing teeth.

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