Restorative dentistry might sound like a complicated term, but it's really not. Let's start with a definition from none other than Wikipedia.
Restorative dentistry is the study, diagnosis and integrated management of diseases of the teeth and their supporting structures and the rehabilitation of the dentition to functional and aesthetic requirements of the individual. Restorative dentistry encompasses the dental specialties of endodontics, periodontics and prosthodontics and its foundation is based upon how these interact in cases requiring multifaceted care.
At Rochelle Family Dentistry, you can rest assured that Dr. Frazeir and his staff know how to properly diagnose and make recommendations based on the unique needs of each patient.
There are 5 types of restorative dentistry that we can implement at Rochelle Family Dentistry:
- amalgam filling (silver fillings)
- composite filling (tooth colored fillings)
- crown & bridge
- dentures & partial dentures
- restore implants
Amalgam Fillings (silver fillings)
Amalgam fillings are a stable alloy made by combining elemental mercury, silver, tin, copper and possibly other metallic elements, to be used as a filling for your tooth (or multiple teeth). Although dental amalgam continues to be a safe, commonly used restorative material, some concern has been raised because of its mercury content. However, the mercury in amalgam combines with other metals to render it stable and safe for use in filling teeth.
Composite Fillings (tooth colored fillings)
Composite fillings, also known as white fillings, are more than just aesthetically better matched to the tooth, they have the distinct advantages over metal fillings as they are environmentally non toxic, as no mercury is used. Composite fillings are bonded directly to the surface of the tooth thus protecting the tooth from fracturing as they do not require the removal of healthy tooth structure, as with mercury fillings.
Crown & Bridges
When a tooth is heavily decayed it is more likely to fracture and lose considerable tooth substance. The greater risk is that a fracture line may go below the margin of the gum which makes restoration more difficult or near impossible. Crowns may be made from several different materials, gold and porcelain being the most common types.
A bridge allows the dentist to replace lost teeth without the use of a denture or dental implant. Basically a false tooth is held in place by being attached to a tooth next door. The disadvantage is that the teeth next to the space have to be prepared in a similiar way to a crown in order to accept the bridge. If these teeth already have crowns or big restorations then this is not a problem, the major concern however is when these teeth have small or no restorations (fillings).
Dentures & Partial Dentures
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. There are two types of dentures available -- complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
Complete dentures can be either "conventional" or "immediate." Made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal, a conventional denture is ready for placement in the mouth about eight to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed.
A removable partial denture or bridge usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw.
Dental implants allow for a missing tooth to be replaced without having to grind down the adjacent teeth. They act to stimulate the bone where. a tooth has been lost and prevent bone resorption in these areas.
Dental implants are one of the most popular ways to replace missing teeth due to their long life and stability. The restoration of implants will help to bring back your confidence, and put a smile back on your face.
No matter what type of restorative dentistry you need, Dr. Frazier and his friendly staff are ready to provide you with the highest quality dental care that you need to bring out that beautiful smile that you desire.
Come by and visit us today to talk about how our restoration services can help you today!