Reviving Your Worn or Damaged Smile With Restorative Dentistry

How do you feel when you see your smile in the mirror or in pictures? If you find yourself wishing that chipped tooth was fixed or the gap from a pulled tooth was filled, restorative dentistry can be your smile savior.

This type of dentistry is the most popular form of dentistry, but many patients are unaware of how powerful it is when it comes to transforming their smiles.

Let’s take a closer look at what restorative dentistry is and exactly how it can help.

What is restorative dentistry?

Restorative dentistry is the part of dental care that focuses on restoring health and function to your smile. Battles with tooth decay, gum disease, and injuries can all leave your smile looking damaged, worn down, or incomplete. The goal of restorative care is to address these problems and help you achieve a full, healthy smile once more.

Restorative dentistry differs from preventive and cosmetic care. Preventive care strives to stop any future dental damage from occurring, whereas restorative solutions comes in to repair damage that has already occurred. Cosmetic dentistry can take place after your smile is optimally healthy.

Many restorative dental procedures provide cosmetic benefits too. However, if the treatment is considered necessary for a healthy, functioning smile, it falls under the restorative category. This is the same guideline that most forms of insurance coverage follow as well.

What can restorative dentistry do for me?

There are many ways restorative dentistry improves your smile, but most can be summed up in these four main points.

Restore the Health and Function of Your Smile

Having a healthy, fully functioning smile is truly a gift. Missing or damaged teeth and other similar issues can cause chronic discomfort, limit what foods you can enjoy, and trigger constant stress. Restorative dentistry solves these issues so your teeth can be pain-free, healthy, and strong.

Boost Your Self-Confidence by Mending Damage

Smiling isn’t just a way of expressing happiness or excitement. The very act of smiling freely makes us feel happier. When damaged or missing teeth make you reluctant to smile, it  also impacts your own happiness. Restorative dentistry addresses these emotional pain points and helps you regain your self-confidence.

Save Weak Teeth from Loss or Extraction

Every tooth is precious to your oral health. Restorative dentistry continues to improve, and our modern techniques are able to save teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted. By saving weak but salvageable teeth, you’re able to gain the benefits of a full, healthy smile without needing more invasive dental care.

Prevent Future Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

Restorative dentistry doesn’t just actively treat tooth decay and gum disease: It also helps prevent them from occurring in the future. And by achieving optimal oral health, it’s much easier to maintain these results. Restorations like fillings and dental crowns also help smooth out rough surfaces and gaps between teeth, allowing for easier cleaning when brushing and flossing.

What can’t restorative dentistry do for me?

There are, however, two things restorative dentistry cannot do.

Replace Necessary Orthodontic Care

Certain restorations, such as dental crowns, allow your dentist to reshape a tooth and make it appear straighter. However, restorative dentistry can’t physically straighten your teeth like braces or clear aligners. If you’re experiencing physical damage to your teeth caused by a misaligned bite, restorative care can help repair the damage, but orthodontic care may still be necessary.

Resolve Underlying Oral Health Issues

Though it will certainly help you achieve optimal oral health, restorative dentistry alone can’t resolve underlying issues. For example, if bruxism (or teeth grinding) is what is causing your teeth to chip or wear down, a filling or dental crown can treat the affected teeth, but it won’t help the bruxism itself. In these situations, it’s important to follow your dentist’s guidance on solving the underlying problem so further damage doesn’t occur.

Restorative Dentistry at Duvall Dental Center.

Dr. Tyler offers a full menu of restorative dental care services, including:

  • Tooth-colored fillings.
  • Dental crowns.
  • Dental bridges.
  • Dental implant technology.
  • Full and partial dentures.
  • Full mouth restoration.

Additionally, if you find that you’d like to take your smile to the next level, Dr. Tyler also provides cosmetic dentistry solutions.

Schedule your consultation with Dr. Tyler today.

When you’re ready to meet Dr. Tyler and the team, all you have to do is call our office or fill out this online form to request a consultation.

During this first appointment, we’ll get to know each other, and Dr. Tyler will take a look at what’s going on with your smile. From there you can discuss which restorative options will yield the best results and begin a treatment plan to revive your smile.