Dentistry can be broken down into several large categories like preventative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. Restorative dentistry diagnoses and treats diseases of the teeth, gums, and mouth. The usual suspects like cavities, decayed teeth, broken, chipped or weakened teeth, gum disease, and oral disease are all addressed with restorative dentistry. Many restorative dentistry procedures can be treated by your general dentist. Other issues may require an orthodontist, endodontist, or oral surgeon. Many methods exist to return damaged, decayed or uneven teeth to tip-top condition, and at Lincoln Dental Associates in Lincoln, we offer a variety of options to meet your needs.
Your dentist has an impressive array of tools to use in fixing cavities, damaged teeth, chipped or decayed teeth. Dental fillings, one of the most common restorations, can be done with composite resin, metals (gold, silver), amalgam, or porcelain. Composite resin is made of plastics or ceramics mixed with glass ionomers.
Amalgam is typically the filling material of choice for back teeth, due to its toughness. It works well in those high-pressure chewing areas. Amalgam is also grey and is too noticeable for use in the front teeth. Resin composite is tinted to match the color of a person’s existing teeth and is a better choice for teeth revealed by smiling and eating.
Crowns (caps) cover the total tooth surface. A crown covers the entire tooth, including the chewing surfaces and sides. Crowns look great and also help restore a cracked, chipped, brittle, or broken tooth to its normal strength and usefulness. Crowns are also used as the visible part of teeth implants, looking just like regular teeth and allowing a person to eat and speak correctly. Bridges replace natural teeth when there are still teeth to anchor them.
As you can tell, restorative dentistry has a lot of overlap with preventative and cosmetic dentistry. What looks great works great and at Lincoln Dental Associates in Lincoln, we deliver the best results! These are just a few of your options. There are many more options for restorative dentistry at Lincoln Dental Associates in Lincoln. Call us today to book your appointment.