Restorative Dentistry

What is Restorative Dentistry?

Restorative dentistry is the art of restoring broken, damaged, decayed, or missing teeth to a healthy, beautiful state.

What Conditions Can Restorative Dentistry Treat?

Most typical conditions include broken, damaged, decayed, or missing teeth. Less typical conditions can include genetic disorders of the teeth and mouth.

Is There a Difference Between Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry often refers specifically to dentistry that is intended to improve the appearance of the teeth, even in the absence of decay or damage. In our practice, all dentistry is cosmetic dentistry! Our top-quality materials and up to date techniques do not compromise on function or appearance and provide a beautiful outcome to every restoration.

What are the restorative dentistry procedures?

Restorative dentistry consists of Fillings, Crowns and Bridges, Implants, Removable Restorations including Removable Partial Dentures and Complete Dentures, and combinations of all of these procedures. Restorative dentistry treatment plans may include combinations of procedures from a larger variety of procedures including endodontics (root canals) and surgery (extractions and gum surgeries). Generally, all of these procedures can be completed in our office.

How Are Restorative Dental Treatments Performed?

Local anesthesia is a safe way to provide painless care for nearly every type of dental procedure.  In our office, local anesthesia is performed in two steps. First, a topical numbing jelly is rubbed with a cotton applicator on the area near where the procedure will be performed. The numbing jelly numbs the area where the anesthetic will be injected, and it is allowed to sit for several minutes. The jelly makes the local anesthetic injection process a much more comfortable experience. After several more minutes, the local anesthetic has completely set in and the procedure can be performed.

Recovery After Restorative Dental Treatments

There is typically a recovery period of around 90 minutes following the dental procedure in which the anesthesia wears off. During this time, the area will still feel numb. After the recovery time, the patient can return to normal function.

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