Do You Need Restorative Dentistry?

stewart restorativeWhat happens when a tooth becomes damaged? What procedures are necessary to combat a painful dental infection? With issues like these, we will often recommend restorative treatment to improve the health and function of your teeth, or even replace missing ones. Do you need restorative dentistry?

Try Our Restorative Dentistry Quiz

  1. True or False: A tooth-colored filling looks natural.
  2. True or False: A crown addresses multiple restorative issues.
  3. True or False: Dental implants can provide lifelong tooth replacement.
  4. True or False: Root canal therapy treats dental infections.

Answer Key

  1. True. Instead of using metal, we can now address a filling with composite resin. The metal-free material can be shaded to better blend with the smile. The tooth can be repaired in a single visit. We always recommend treating a cavity early to avoid the risk of infection and in extreme cases, tooth loss.
  2. True. A dental crown is a cap that fits over the entire visible portion of the tooth. We can use them to reshape or repair a tooth, whether the tooth is damaged or develops serious tooth decay. They can also aid in tooth replacement, restoring dental implants and anchoring dental bridges securely in place.
  3. True. Dental implants are actually inserted directly into the tooth, where they act like a natural root and stimulate jawbone growth. We can top them with a restoration to ensure the tooth looks and functions naturally. Several implant posts can also be placed to secure a fixed prosthetic.
  4. True. A root canal involves removing the infected tissue from the tooth. Doing so allows the doctor to clean and fill the tooth, capping it with a lifelike restoration and completing the procedure. Afterward, your tooth looks natural and you avoid extraction, which is sometimes necessary when an infection remains untreated.