A “restorative” dental procedure is one that can return a tooth that has been damaged by injury or decay to a healthy condition so that it can once again function to its full capacity. When you have a tooth filled for instance, your dentist will remove the part of your tooth that has been affected by decay and replace it with one of several types of materials that work well to restore its efficiency. That filling can consist of anything from the more traditional gold or silver to the newer technology composite resin. Your dentist will discuss the options with you and give you his recommendation for the kind of filling material that would be best suited to your needs. Each one has its advantages.
If you are missing one or more teeth your dentist may restore them with a bridge, a manufactured apparatus consisting of replacement teeth that is used to fill in the gap left by the natural teeth that have been lost. A bridge is anchored on either side by attaching it to the existing teeth there. The only drawback is that the healthy teeth used to support the bridge will have to be modified.
A patient who has lost the majority of his teeth over the years may decide that it is time to have the remaining teeth extracted and restore the entire set with a full denture. The procedure, including healing time can take several weeks but the patient can be fitted with a temporary device to wear in the meantime. Once the restorative denture is in place, the patient can expect to take some time to get used to wearing it. Some adjustments may need to be made in the process.
An implant is the restorative replacement for the root of a tooth. It is a metal post that is surgically embedded into the jawbone in preparation for the crown that will be made to complete the look of the natural tooth.
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