Restorative Dentistry

Restorative Dentistry Houston TX

What is Restorative Dentistry?

Restorative dentistry is the formal term used to describe the area of dentistry that is devoted to tooth repair.

What Issues Can Be Fixed With Dental Restorations?

First and foremost, receiving the appropriate dental restoration based on a thorough dental exam diminishes pain. Whether discomfort is slight and intermittent, triggered by warm or cold foods and beverages, or an intense and persistent toothache, your dentist can resolve pain by removing infected or damaged tissue and placing a protective barrier on your tooth.

Am I a Good Candidate For Restorative Dentistry?

Any person who is experiencing slight to severe dental pain is a good candidate for restorative dentistry. The team in each of our Houston area offices understands that having to undergo restorative dentistry procedures can be stressful. Our objective is to reduce pain and do so in the most comfortable manner. For some patients, this includes the use of sedation dentistry such as oral conscious sedation or nitrous oxide. So even if you have some degree of dental anxiety, you can be a good candidate for restorative dentistry.

Restorative Dentistry Treatment Options

Crowns & Bridges

Dental crowns are sometimes known as “caps.” This type of restoration is used to repair a tooth that has been severely damaged or affected by infection. A crown fits over the entire visible surface of a tooth and is bonded over the structure to provide durability.

A dental bridge is a form of tooth replacement. This fixture may be made by fusing an artificial in between two crowns. The crowns are then fitted over natural teeth to allow the artificial tooth to sit securely in the gap. The natural teeth act as anchors which lend resilience to the artificial tooth for proper biting and chewing.

Dentures

Dentures are also used as tooth replacement fixtures. A partial denture replaces one or more teeth and is held in place with discreet clasps that attach to remaining natural teeth. A full denture replaces an entire arch of teeth. Each of these restorative fixtures fits over the gums and, in some cases, may require dental adhesive for optimal stability.

Tooth Bonding

Tooth bonding rides the line between cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry. This treatment is completed in one office visit and involves the direct placement of bonding material (composite resin) over a small injury. Bonding may be performed to repair a chip or crack in a tooth or to cover exposed roots when weakened gum tissue has receded.

Root Canal

Root canal therapy is a beneficial procedure that resolves ongoing pain related to infection. One of the most common restorative procedures, root canal therapy improves comfort immediately by removing infected soft tissue at the center of a tooth. When the infected tissue has been removed, a sterilizing solution and inert material are inserted into the root area to prevent bacteria from entering. The tooth is then covered by a dental crown to fully reinstate structure and strength.

Tooth Fillings

Dental filling treatment is indicated when a tooth has been damaged by decay. Cavities occur as a result of localized acidic erosion. Oral bacteria accumulate on the surface of teeth when a sticky biofilm called plaque is present. These microorganisms feed on sugar in the mouth and deposit acidic byproduct, which continually softens enamel. This erosion leads to a cavity. Dental filling treatment removes softened enamel and all bacteria from that spot. Tooth-colored composite material is then inserted into the location to restore proper form and function.

Tooth Extractions

Dentists avoid extracting teeth whenever possible. However, there are situations in which the most beneficial treatment to oral disease is to remove one or more teeth. One of the most common tooth-extraction procedures is wisdom tooth removal. These third molars present more risks than benefits, including the risk of infection due to impaction.

Does Restorative Dentistry Always Work?

Restorative dental treatments are effective at reinstating adequate tooth structure and removing diseased tissue. In most cases, appropriate treatment such as a filling or crown will resolve pain and provide years of functional biting and chewing. Repairing one dental injury does not prevent others from developing. Patients are encouraged to maintain efficient home care that includes brushing twice a day and flossing every day. With good practices at home and routine check-ups and cleanings with our friendly team, the risk of future dental problems is significantly reduced.

Restorative Dentistry Risks

The various procedures used to restore teeth have advantages and disadvantages that are discussed during our consultation for treatment. Overall, the risks of foregoing restorative dental care are far greater than those involved in treatments such as dental fillings or crowns.

Maintenance After Dental Restorations

Some dental restorations require particular care. Most, however, can be properly maintained with good oral care habits that are performed consistently on a daily basis.

  • Spend two minutes brushing your teeth morning and night
  • Floss in between your teeth every day
  • Take extra care to brush and floss around crowns and bridges
  • Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash
  • Rinse your mouth after consuming sugary foods
  • If you have a crown or bridge, avoid very sticky foods like caramel candy
  • Avoid opening packages with your teeth and do not chew on hard objects

Schedule a Consultation

If you are interested in friendly dental care that prioritizes your comfort, contact one of our Houston, TX offices today. Call (713) 330-7700 to schedule a visit.

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