Restorative dentistry is a branch of dentistry that is focused on restoring and repairing teeth. While general dentistry is focused on preventing and treating dental problems, restorative dentistry focuses on repairing or replacing damaged or missing teeth and restoring the patient’s oral health and function. At Sina Malekuti DDS, PC, standard restorative dental procedures include dental bridges, crowns, dentures, and fillings.
Types of Restorative Dentistry
- Tooth Fillings
Tooth fillings are used to restore teeth that have been damaged by decay, as well as trauma. Tooth decay is usually caused by plaque buildup on your teeth. Plaque is made up of bacteria that feed on the sugars in your food and excretes an acid that eats away at your teeth. This process results in cavities, and the decay will spread to other teeth without treatment.
- Dental Crowns
A dental crown is a type of restoration that completely encases a tooth. When in place, a dental crown fully covers the tooth above the gum line, which protects weak or broken teeth from further damage.
- Dental Bridges
A dental bridge is an oral appliance that replaces missing teeth. A bridge replaces missing teeth using crowns on the teeth on each side of the gap and an artificial tooth in between. This artificial tooth (or teeth) is known as a pontic.
- Dental Implants
Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth and restore full oral function. While dentures and bridges can be a hassle, dental implants are permanently placed in your jawbone and do not require special care.
Benefits of Restorative Dentistry
- Improved Oral Health
Tooth damage, decay, and missing teeth can affect oral and overall health. Restorative dentistry treatments like dental fillings and crowns help patients restore their oral health. The restorations will protect the vulnerable tooth structure from further damage, preventing the need for more invasive treatments.
- Improved Self-Confidence
A beautifully restored smile can make you proud to show off your teeth. It can give you the confidence to smile and laugh freely in front of others. You will also find that you smile more often when you’re confident in your appearance.
- Improved Quality of Life
The decision to receive restorative dental care can improve many patients' overall health and quality of life. For example, dental implants allow patients to enjoy their favorite foods, and they can bite and chew just as they would with natural teeth. Similarly, a dental bridge can restore the ability to chew and speak correctly, making patients feel more confident about their appearance.
For the best dental services customized to your specific needs, visit Sina Malekuti DDS, PC at 6120 Brandon Ave Suite 303, Springfield, VA 22150, or call (703) 451-3211.