What you should know about Restorative Dentistry
What is it?
Restorative dentistry refers to any reconstructive dentistry procedure that involves replacing or repairing broken or missing teeth, bones, or tissue. This can include full mouth reconstruction, dental implant restorations, TMJ treatment, dental bridge placement, dental crown placement, inlays and onlays, and replacing old metal fillings.
The benefits of Full Mouth Reconstruction
If severe dental problems are causing you discomfort, you may be a good candidate for a full mouth reconstruction and we can help. In a nutshell, we’ll start by recommending orthodontic appliances designed to properly position your jaw. Once your jaw is properly aligned, relieving some of the pain caused by the TMJ syndrome, cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures (porcelain veneers, dental crowns, bridgework, dental implants, and onlays) are completed. The result is an attractive, pain-free new smile.
Repairing Your Worn Teeth
Dental problems such as damaged and worn teeth not only take away from your smile, but can also affect the alignment of your teeth. Treatment will depend on the extent of damage. Below you’ll find a number of options available to you.
- Crown: Generally a crown can be placed over your damaged tooth to strengthen and reinforce the tooth.
- Bridge: If there is a gap between your natural teeth, a dental bridge may be used to cover the gap.
- Implants: If you no longer have a natural tooth to which we can secure a crown, a dental implant may be placed in your jaw to create the crown’s foundation.
Full Mouth Reconstruction or Smile Makeover?
How do you know what to choose? What’s right for you?
In simple terms, a smile makeover is something that you can choose while a full mouth reconstruction is something that you need.
These days there is a big demand for more ‘beautiful, natural-looking’ dentistry. So, it becomes a little more difficult to actually draw the line between “cosmetic” (such as elective) dentistry and “restorative” (necessary) dentistry. For example, it is now possible for us to treat tooth decay with a tooth-like filling material that looks natural.
If you need full mouth reconstruction, the materials available today make it possible for us to provide you with durable, functional and clinically sound treatments that also look natural.
It is also important to note that a smile makeover – though performed primarily to improve the appearance of the smile – requires the use of clinically proven dental materials and treatment techniques, as well as exceptional knowledge, training and skill on the part of the dentist. Many of the same techniques and equipment used for full mouth reconstruction are also used to ensure the success and long-term stability of smile makeover treatments.
Canterra Dental is always accepting new patients!
Call us at (403) 237-6611 to book your Restorative Dentistry appointment today!