The focus of restorative dentistry is to restore damaged teeth or replace missing teeth to help patients regain their smiles and oral functionality. Many treatments, such as dental implants, crowns, bridges, fillings, and more, fall under this category.
Restorative procedures are required after one or several teeth have been affected by damage or decay. Where possible, instead of removing the teeth entirely, our dentists use these treatments to restore their structure, strength, and functionality. In cases where this is not possible, our dentists can design beautiful and functional replacements that will blend in with the surrounding healthy teeth.
Types of Restorative Dentistry Procedures
Crowns and Bridges
In restorative dentistry, dental crowns are used to restore and stabilize teeth damaged by tooth decay, worn enamel, cracks, chipping, or trauma, and bridges are used to replace missing teeth. A crown is a tooth-shaped cap placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance. Bridges are appliances used to replace one or more missing teeth by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the gap to support the replacement teeth. With proper maintenance and care, both bridges and crowns can last for years.
Dental fillings restore teeth affected by cavities or minor tooth damage. The decayed or damaged portion of the tooth is removed, and the space is filled with materials such as composite resin, porcelain, or amalgam.
Dental implants are a long-term solution for replacing missing teeth. They involve surgically placing a titanium implant into the jawbone to act as an artificial tooth root. A prosthetic tooth or dental crown is attached to the implant, providing a natural-looking and functioning replacement tooth.
The Benefits of Restorative Dentistry
- Improves oral health as well as oral function
- Prevents tooth loss and the need for replacement
- Helps combat the effects of tooth decay
- Restores cracked or chipped teeth
- Restores your confidence in your appearance
- Prevents future problems by increasing the strength of your teeth
- Increases your ability to chew and speak clearly and comfortably
- Relieves pain and discomfort caused by damaged teeth
Restorative dentistry procedures restore the function, strength, and aesthetic appearance of teeth, helping patients regain confidence in their smiles and maintain good oral health. For the best dental care, visit Smile Center Silicon Valley at 877 W. FREMONT AVE, SUITE L3, Sunnyvale, CA 94087, or call (408) 245-7500.