Restorative Dentistry: Repairing & Preserving Damaged TeethPublished November 10, 2023 6:41 pm
While it’s true that teeth are an aesthetic part of our appearance, the goal of restorative dentistry is to return your smile to a strong and healthy state. This is especially true if you’ve found yourself with a broken or damaged tooth.
When you have a damaged tooth, not only is the overall strength of your bite potentially compromised, but you also could be at higher risk for infections, discomfort, and future dental issues. This is where restorative dentistry comes in with several options to protect you from the risks associated with damaged teeth.
To Repair or to Replace?
Restorative dentistry also includes procedures that replace teeth, so you may wonder which services are appropriate for the restoration of damaged teeth.
Restorative Dentistry for Preservation & Restoration?
- Dental Fillings: Decayed tooth portions are removed and the hole they’ve left behind is filled with a composite material.
- Dental Crowns: Sometimes called a cap, these fit over your whole tooth to repair large cavities or broken teeth.
- Inlays/Onlays: These are done when a cavity is too big for a filling, but too small for a crown. It’s like a puzzle piece sized precisely to your tooth.
- Root Canals: Arguably the most notorious of procedures, your doctor will remove the infected pulp and blood vessels of the tooth and fill the space left behind. Sometimes a crown is added for extra strength.
Restorative Dentistry at Altitude Family Dental
When you take the steps you need to repair and preserve your smile, you can rest easy knowing that you’re stepping into improved oral health, a more functional chew, reduced risk of major dental emergencies, and a head-turning smile. If you have a damaged tooth, don’t hesitate to reach out to us here at Altitude Family Dental. We’ll make sure you and your smile are happy and healthy.