Restorative dentistry is a branch of dentistry that deals with restoring optimal oral health. If there are some problems with your teeth — whether you’ve lost all your teeth, they’re broken, or if they may be on the brink of decaying — you need to seek restorative dentistry.
At Richmond Dental PLLC, we offer a number of restorative dentistry services. However, our most popular services include dental implants, dentures, and pulpotomy. Please continue reading for a detailed overview of our restorative dentistry services.
Necessity of Restorative Dentistry
Restorative dentistry can be useful in a wide range of dental problems. The following are some of the most important reasons you should seek restorative dentistry:
- Getting replacement teeth if you’ve lost some or all of your teeth because of injuries, fractures, or dental decay.
- Replacing lost teeth so you can speak and eat properly.
- Preventing dental decay and infections from spreading further.
- Taking preventative and restorative measures to protect infected teeth and prevent complete decay.
- Treatments to prevent the loss of a tooth.
Dental implants are metallic posts made of titanium or other hard metals that are drilled into the jawbone under the socket of the missing tooth. The post lodges into the jawbone so that the dentist can mount a dental crown or dental bridge over the implant. This is the most effective method and convenient method of replacing lost teeth. The post serves as the root or foundation of the tooth and the jawbone grows around the metal framework. Basically, the dental implant becomes a part of your body rather than an extension. You may feel some discomfort initially but it eventually becomes such a core part of your body that you don’t even feel it.
Dental implants are the most effective and convincing replacement for actual teeth. They look and function like actual teeth and they’re just as durable, if not more. Another great advantage of getting dental implants instead of dental bridges is that you can simply lodge the implant into the socket and there’s no need to change the structure of the surrounding teeth, as is the case with crown-supported dental bridges. The only issue is that dental implants are also the most expensive means of replacing a lost tooth and they’re hardly covered by insurance.
Dentures are removable appliances that you wear in your mouth to serve the function of teeth and protect your gums. Complete dentures are those that feature all of your teeth in a single set, generally used if you’ve lost all of your teeth. Partial dentures are those that feature only a few teeth, suitable for those who have lost only a few of their teeth. These dentures usually come with a pink or gum-colored plastic base that gives it the appearance of an actual set of teeth with the gums.
Temporary dentures are those that the dentist gives you after a tooth extraction procedure so you can protect your gums while the permanent dentures are being prepared. In order to prepare the permanent dentures, the dentist has to take impressions of your teeth using a dental mold. You receive the permanent dentures after a few weeks and then you can continue wearing them all the time.
Dentures are a great cheap alternative for dental implants. Furthermore, they don’t require any surgeries and none of your current teeth have to be altered to accommodate the dentures. But your dentures are also not as reliable or convenient as dental implants. Maintaining dentures can be quite difficult and your dentures may slip off while speaking or eating, which can lead to an embarrassing situation. But since dentures are non-invasive and simple, you can go ahead and get them and then advance to another form of tooth replacement later, if you so choose.
Pulpotomy is a type of root canal treatment that’s conducted if the dental decay spreads into the pulp but not so much that it kills the nerves. In this case, it’s possible to remove the infected pulp but still save the nerves. During the pulpotomy procedure, the dentist removes the pulp above the nerves leading into the tooth’s root. After the infected pulp is removed, the dentist medicates the base of the pulp chamber in order to treat the inflamed nerves. This prevents the infection from spreading and also saves the damaged tooth.
Pulpotomy is a pretty useful procedure because it prevents the dentist from having to conduct a root canal (during which the entire pulp chamber has to be emptied) or tooth extraction. This saves as much of the tooth as possible. A pulpotomy procedure is usually conducted in children with baby teeth, but it may sometimes be used on permanent teeth as well.
Schedule your Restorative Dentistry Appointment
Restorative dentistry is a crucial aspect of dentistry because it deals with protecting your teeth from decay, restoring lost teeth, and generally restoring the normal functionality of your teeth. At Richmond Dental PLLC we use the latest and most advanced procedures to protect your teeth and ensure optimal oral health. For more information, please schedule your restorative dentistry appointment today.