Restorative Dentistry Questions and Answers
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Restorative dentistry can restore your smile, save your teeth, and preserve your dental health for many years to come. If you need restorative dentistry, then you might have some questions about it. We’d like to answer your questions, so we’ve prepared a Q&A to learn more about restorative dentistry here at Canatella Dental!
Q: What is considered restorative dental care?
A: Restorative dental care is about keeping your teeth functional and healthy. With this kind of care, a dentist will try to prolong the health of any damaged teeth you have, and preserve the health of your healthy teeth. When necessary, broken teeth can be restored, and diseased teeth can be replaced. These treatments may be essential for a patient’s oral and dental health.
Q: What restorative treatment will I need?
A: A restorative dental treatment is either a repair or a replacement of a tooth. There are different methods of repairing or replacing a tooth, and these methods can be very basic or a bit complex.
Basic restorative treatments are typically the easiest and least expensive options. An example of a basic restorative treatment is crowns. Crowns protect damaged teeth from further damage. Some of the more complex restorative treatments include fillings, root canals, and dental implants. These treatments may be necessary to restore, save, or replace a tooth.
Below are some common restorative treatments and why you might need them:
- Dental implants – To replace lost teeth
- Dentures – To replace multiple teeth at once
- Bridges – To replace a lost tooth or multiple teeth at once
- Root canal therapy – For infected teeth
- Fillings – For cavities, and tooth-colored fillings can look very natural
- Dental crowns – To protect teeth and improve their strength and appearance. Ceramic crowns are very durable and natural-looking
You might also benefit from a cosmetic treatment like teeth whitening. Often, cosmetic dentistry is complementary to restorative dentistry.
Q: Why should a tooth be restored?
A: It’s important to repair a broken or bad tooth because this can prevent plaque buildup and cavities in the tooth and the surrounding teeth. Some teeth can’t be repaired and must be replaced. This can give you more surface area to chew with and relieve stress on your other teeth. With any kind of restoration procedure, the treated tooth benefits a lot, and surrounding teeth benefit too.
Tooth restoration can be essential for your dental health, and dental health can be vital for your overall health. In fact, good dental health can help prevent gum disease and decrease your risk of stroke or heart attack.
Q: Can badly decayed teeth be repaired?
A: Yes! Some badly decayed teeth can be repaired with root canal therapy. When decay reaches the inner material of a tooth, a root canal can repair and save the tooth. Sometimes, a tooth can’t be saved, but it can be removed and replaced. If you believe you may need root canal therapy or a tooth replacement, connect with us here at Canatella Dental. We’d be happy to tell you more about these treatments.
We hope you found our Q&A helpful! If you have any other questions about restorative dentistry, reach out to us here at our Canatella Dental. You can also reach out if you need an appointment or consultation with our dentist, Dr. Todd Canatella. We serve New Orleans and Metairie, LA.
We look forward to speaking with you soon!
If you develop a cavity, it can be repaired without marring the overall appearance of your smile with a silver filling. Using a natural resin, your dentist can create a white filling that matches the shade of the surrounding tooth enamel perfectly. Plus, this method requires less of the healthy tooth structure to be removed, which keeps more of your natural smile intact. This can be hand placed in our office with a flow-able resin material or we have the option to mill a resin restoration with our CEREC CAD CAM and bond it in place for a longer lasting solution.
All hope is not lost for your smile after you lose one or more teeth — not by a long shot. Dental implants offer a comprehensive replacement option that takes care of the missing tooth’s root as well as the visible portion. The result is a stable, natural-looking crown, bridge, or denture that facilitates eating, speaking, and smiling. Many patients who have lost one, several, or an entire arch of teeth are eligible for dental implants, and they can last for a lifetime with proper maintenance.
Dentures are a common option for replacing multiple missing teeth on the upper or lower. And, thanks to modern advances in dentistry, they are also more stable, comfortable, and attractive than ever before. A traditional denture will rest directly on the gum tissue and should be removed for thorough cleaning and soak while you sleep at night. Dental implants can be used to retain a partial or complete denture for added stability and natural function. During a consultation, Dr. Canatella will evaluate your tooth loss, oral health, and then determine which solution is best for you.
ALL-CERAMIC DENTAL RESTORATIONS
Dr. Canatella offers all-ceramic dental crowns to help patients repair the strength and appearance of decayed or broken teeth. Ceramic restorations are durable, and they mimic the appearance of natural enamel. As a result, our New Orleans patients can smile with a new found sense of confidence and wellbeing. And using our special CEREC machine, we can design and mill fully customized restorations in just one visit. If you need a ceramic restoration for one or more teeth, our office is happy to help.
DENTAL CROWNS AND BRIDGES
A crown and bridge, also known as a fixed bridge, is a special restoration designed to help you replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges combine a prosthetic tooth with one or two abutment crowns (an abutment crown is a crown placed over an existing tooth to stabilize a bridge). Why is replacing missing teeth important? Because having one or more gaps in your smile can cause significant problems. Over time, your teeth may drift out of alignment, making you more vulnerable to decay or gum disease. You may also lose more teeth as time goes by. Filling the gap(s) in your smile with a bridge will help you preserve your health and your smile’s alignment.
ROOT CANAL THERAPY
If you have an infected tooth, our New Orleans dental team can help you save it with a root canal treatment. During your procedure, Dr. Canatella will remove all traces of infection from your tooth in addition to your tooth’s nerve. Then, we will fill it with a special bio-compatible material known as gutta percha. Once these steps have been completed, we’ll place a custom-made crown on your tooth to restore its strength and appearance. Following your procedure, you can look forward to a healthier, stronger smile that can last for years and years.