Restorative dentistry serves to restore teeth that may have been damaged through common oral health problems or more serious dental issues. Tooth decay, wear, and damage are a natural result from the intense workout and bacterial influx our mouths get every day. As a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Radz can restore your damaged teeth with natural-looking materials, like composite resin fillings and porcelain crowns, inlays, and onlays. This means that you can retain an all-white smile. The benefit of restorative dentistry is that many of the procedures overlap with cosmetic dentistry procedures allowing for modern restorations that are designed to improve the look and feel of your smile and enhance your overall appearance. Often time’s restorative dental procedures are a result of a patient who either has overlooked the necessity of routine dental care or has a dental problem that was not visible by the naked eye. This is why we recommend visiting our Denver dental office every six months to check for signs of tooth decay, gum disease or other dental health issues that may be prevented before they become costly or more serious. Below is a list of the common restorative dentistry procedures that we provide to help you with issues that may affect your teeth, gums or smile.
Restorative Dentistry Treatments
A dental crown can restore structure, strength, and function to a tooth with extensive decay or damage. They are used to cover cracked, chipped, or otherwise damaged teeth and provide a natural looking restoration that gives you a natural look and feel. Crowns are cemented into place to fully cup the portion of the damaged tooth and lie directly above the gum line.
A more conservative option to dental crowns, inlays and onlays fit into a tooth similarly to a filling, yet they are milled restorations, much like a crown. An inlay is done when the tooth structure is within the cusps of the tooth. For more extensive damage such as that which covers the entire chewing surface an onlay is used.
Dental fillings are utilized using the most modern and durable advancements in dentistry. Modern technology allows us to place composites that are close to the original tooth as possible in the most conservative fashion possible. We use tooth-colored fillings that resemble the look and feel of your natural teeth and avoid dated amalgam fillings that expand and contract with hot and cold and contain unsightly silvers in your mouth.