If your dentist has talked about making a restorative dentistry treatment plan to give you a bigger, brighter, and healthier smile, you may have questions about what exactly he’s talking about and how it can help. What is involved? How long will it take? Every patient is different, but here are the basics you need to know about restorative dentistry.
WHAT IS RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY?
Restorative dentistry involves improving your smile in various ways depending on what you need. Any decayed teeth can be fixed. Chipped or cracked teeth can be brought to their former glory. Discolored teeth can be whitened through various techniques. Even missing teeth can be fixed through partials or implants.
CREATING A TREATMENT PLAN
Your family dentist will come up with the best treatment plan to improve your smile as well as the functioning of your mouth and teeth. Through a visual exam as well as x-rays, your dentist will know more of what you need out of restorative dentistry. While some procedures can be done in your dentist’s office, and some even with only one visit, your restorative dentistry treatment plan may also involve an:
- Endodontist: can save teeth through treating the interior of the tooth, or the pulp
- Prosthodontist: can treat dental or facial problems involving missing teeth or jaw structure
- Maxillofacial Surgeon: can perform dentistry involving surgery such as tooth extraction, implants, and cleft lip or palate repair
RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY TECHNIQUES
You’ve already seen some of the restorative dentistry techniques that may be involved in your treatment plan listed above. However, it involves everything from simple fillings to implants. Inlays, onlays, bonding and veneers can also be used to give you the smile you deserve. Restorative dentistry is designed to restore your smile, or even make it better than it was before. With your dentist and dental specialists working together, you can have a perfect smile in no time at all.