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4 Ways Restorative Dentistry Can Save Your Teeth

Restorative dentistry is all about restoring your chewing surface. You can maintain your teeth and regain a healthy, pain-free smile through restorative dentistry. Restorative dentistry differs from cosmetic dentistry in that it focuses on the functionality of your teeth rather than the appearance of your teeth. However, it is worth noting that restorative dentistry can help transform your smile, especially when it comes to replacing missing teeth and restoring discolored or misshapen teeth. 

Here, we discuss four ways restorative dentistry can save your teeth or, in the worst-case scenario, replace missing teeth to preserve your overall smile and chewing surface. 

1. Dental Bonding

Dental bonding can help restore the surface of your teeth. Over time, your enamel can wear down. This can happen from various factors, including bruxism (grinding your teeth) or acid exposure from acid reflux from acidic beverages and foods. With the enamel on your teeth worn down, the underlayer gets exposed to the elements, leading to hot and cold sensitivity and even pain. Dental bonding uses the same composite resin materials as composite fillings to restore the surface of your teeth, making it possible to save damaged teeth. 

2. Fillings

Dental fillings are one of the most well-known types of restorative dentistry. When you have a cavity, your teeth begin to decay. As this spot of decay deepens, it becomes a dental cavity. Without proper restoration, this decay can work down to the root of your tooth and may even mean you need your tooth removed. Dental fillings work to replace the decayed materials, saving your tooth and preventing future decay. Without dental fillings, in many cases, you would need to have your tooth extracted completely as it becomes more decayed. That’s why dental fillings are a crucial part of restorative dentistry. 

3. Dental Crowns

Dental crowns help restore a damaged tooth, especially one with a worn down or damaged chewing surface. Think of dental crowns as armor for your decayed or damaged teeth. A dental crown adheres to your existing tooth (once your dentist shapes the tooth correctly) and acts similarly to your natural chewing surface. Dental crowns may also be used for broken, chipped, or disfigured teeth, as they can improve both structural integrity and overall appearance. 

4. Dental Implants

While dental implants don’t restore existing teeth, they can replace missing teeth and help maintain your overall smile. Dental implants adhere to your jawbone using an anchor system. Once this anchor properly heals, a dental implant is placed on top of the implant. This implant acts and feels like a normal tooth, restoring your smile. It can also be an anchor point for other dental restoration efforts, like a dental bridge, making it an important part of overall restorative dentistry. 

If you have questions about restorative dentistry or want to make an appointment, contact Smile with Grace Dental Care at (201) 641-1111. Our team of trained dentists would be happy to answer your questions and help you determine if restorative dentistry is right for your unique dental needs. We look forward to hearing from you. 

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