Restorative dentistry is dentistry for patients who suffer from common oral health problems , treatment of conditions effecting the teeth, gums and maxillofacial (jaw and face) portions of the body, that require extra care. Sometimes, the methods and techniques used can overlap with cosmetic dentistry procedures. Modern restorative dentistry works with modern restorations that are designed to look and feel natural or improve how the teeth work or their appearance. A good, quality cosmetic dentist can perform the various restoration procedures very differently than just a general dentist. Dr. Lee is well versed in restorative procedures.
Very common general restorative procedures include:
Dental Crowns are coverings that go over damaged, cracked, chipped or discolored teeth. Basically, teeth that need restoration. Dental crowns, when fully cemented into play, cup over the tooth that lies at and about the gum line. Dental crowns will be made using the same color of your teeth to give you a natural look.
Dental bridges are custom made prosthetics that are anchored to the neighboring teeth to replace any missing teeth. They are made to look very natural looking as well. These are prepared, like dental crowns, from high quality materials.
Teeth fillings are the placing of composites to allow the tooth to be as close as possible to its original strength, but with the use of a plastic to bond the tooth to hold it all together. Amalgam fillings have been replaced by these plastics as it has been found to be better under hot and cold temperatures and with biting as well.
Air Abrasion and Micro Dentistry
Air abrasion technology is a dental technique that uses a fine powder called aluminum oxide under air pressure to quickly and efficiently get rid of cavities in teeth without the need for anesthetic or needles. This is another modern dentistry technique to get rid of decay or any kind of other similar issues without te use of needles and surgeries. The cavity is removed and then the heavy tooth enamel remains in place.
If you are missing teeth, cosmetic dentures are a common restorative technique used to replace those missing teeth. When several teeth need to be replaced, cosmetic dentures can be used as a popular alternative to conserve existing healthy teeth, allowing for the ability to chew and bite as well as giving you a nice, full smile.