Restorative dentistry restores not only your flashy smile but also the optimal functionality of your mouth. The skilled team at WPD Dental Group provides Koreatown digital dentistry to improve your speech, prevent further damage and restore your smile aesthetics.
The essence of restorative dentistry
Restorative dentistry is a branch that focuses on filling the gaps in your smile and repairing damaged teeth, restoring your ability to bite, speak and chew properly. Additionally, it improves your chewing function and oral health. Many people confuse restorative dentistry with cosmetic dentistry. Restorative dentistry can be both cosmetic and functional, but cosmetic dentistry is usually aesthetic. For instance, dental crowns restore your optimal chewing function, but it also enhances your smile aesthetics.
Types of restorative dentistry you could try.
During your initial appointment at WPD Dental Group, the specialists discuss your dental concerns, review your history, and perform a thorough dental exam. They then suggest a few restorative dentistry treatments before creating a personalized treatment plan. Your options include the following:
- Dental fillings
When bacteria creates a hole in your tooth enamel, it can cause extreme sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures, making it difficult to eat. If you have small cavities, your doctor may recommend dental fillings. The procedure involves removing the decayed part of your tooth and sealing the holes with silver amalgam, tooth-colored plastic, composite resin, gold, or porcelain, depending on your preferences. The WPD Dental Group ensures the preservation of a large portion of your natural tooth.
- Dental crowns
If you have a cracked, decayed, or damaged tooth, a dental crown can restore its original size, strength, and shape, restoring your chewing abilities and smile aesthetics. The team designs custom-fitted dental crowns to act as an outer shell to the damaged tooth, preventing further damage. Although dental crowns can be of different materials, the WPD Dental Group recommends those made from ceramic because they are tooth-colored and durable. During your appointment, they take impressions of your mouth to create personalized crowns. Once the prostheses are ready, they hold them in place using special dental cement.
Dentures are an excellent option for those missing all or some of their teeth. They are the most economical and fastest way to restore your mouth’s functionality and transform your smile. Full dentures are for those missing teeth, while partial dentures are for those missing some of them. You can get dentures as a long-term restoration option or as a temporary solution as you wait for treatments like implants and bridges.
- Dental implants
An implant is a small titanium post that your provider attaches to your tooth socket to replace a missing tooth root. Your provider can attach bridges, dentures, or crowns on your implant to restore the optimal functioning of your teeth and enhance your smile.
After treatment, your dentist may instruct you to care for your restorations for durability and to prevent decay. You must practice good oral hygiene and adhere to routine dental checkups and cleanings. Your provider may also recommend avoiding hard foods like popcorn kernels as they may damage your restorations.
For more information about restorative dentistry, call the WPD Dental Group office or schedule an appointment online.