Restorative dentistry is just, I guess, a term or a group that we lump anything that we're doing in the mouth to restore someone's bite, whether it's from a cavity, or a broken tooth, or a missing tooth. That becomes restorative dentistry. Most all patients are in need of some form of restorative dentistry, unless you've never broken a tooth and never had a cavity. Restorative dentistry start out with fillings, that's where we start. In my office, I always try to treatment plan, or approach fixing someone's tooth, what is the most conservative treatment and then what's the treatment's going to hold up the best in the long term. Those are things we often have to decide on, because there are some teeth and it's very obvious I can restore that tooth, restorative dentistry, restore with just a filling and a composite filling. We don't use any kind of metals in our practice. Everything is porcelain or composite. I'm going to start with, “Can I fix this tooth and will it last for the next 20 years as a filling?” Then that's what I'm going to do.
Then there's other teeth that are significantly broken down, either from maybe an old filling that they've had or the tooth is broken or they've had a root canal, and those teeth are probably going to need a porcelain crown. In between that then becomes something we call inlays and onlays. Inlays and onlays are a more conservative restorative option for many of our patients where the filling is kind of big, yet I don't want to grind the entire tooth down and put a crown on it. Can I restore that missing section of tooth with an inlay or maybe an onlay. An onlay would go over part of one of the cusps. It's better to onlay one cusp than grind down four cusps, like we do with a crown in many instances. Those are the three main treatments we offer as far as restorative care, whether it'd be a filling, in inlay/onlay or a crown.
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What is restorative dentistry?
Restorative dentistry aims at saving the life of your natural teeth to preserve the function of your smile. If your teeth are too damaged to be saved, we have restorative dentistry options to replace those teeth to make sure that you have a fully functional mouth. In order to have a great looking smile, you need to have a great functioning smile. The two go hand in hand.
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are cap-like structures that fit over a damaged tooth. Crowns serve two major purposes. The first is to protect the tooth from further damage and allow it to stay in your mouth. The second is to restore the tooth to a functional state so it can do the job it was meant for, whether helping you speak, chewing your food, or simply showing in your smile.
What are inlays and onlays?
Inlays and onlays are partial crowns. They are used in situations where a dental filling is not quite enough but a full crown is too much. An inlay covers the inside portion of the biting surface of your tooth. An onlay extends out onto the outer portions. Dr. Gleave will help you determine if this fix is right for your situation.
What kind of dental fillings are used by Dr. Gleave?
We use composite resin for our dental fillings. This means your dental filling will be the same color as your natural tooth and will not stick out from your smile at all. The resin bonds well with your natural tooth and will provide a sturdy fix for your situation.
Are root canals painful?
No. This is a myth. Root canals feel similar to a dental filling, if anything at all. Many times the nerve in your tooth is too damaged to detect pain, so you won’t feel a thing. The numbing agent we use is often more precautionary in these cases.
Save your smile by saving your natural teeth with restorative dentistry from Dr. Gleave. Call our office today at 801-747-8531 to schedule your appointment. You can also use our online form to schedule your appointment.