Our expert dentists at Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry believe that your appearance is very important. Our team can improve the appearance of your smile, transform your oral health, and augment the function of your teeth. At some point in everyone’s life, they may produce a cavity, have tooth pain, crack or chip a tooth, or even lose a tooth. Damaged teeth can affect one’s self-esteem, speech, and diet. Don’t let the condition of your smile keep you from feeling confident and beautiful. We strongly believe that you shouldn’t delay regular checkups and cleanings and or any restorative work. For patients who need more in-depth dental work, we offer full-mouth reconstruction and dental implants. We will analyze your unique needs and develop a treatment regimen specifically designed to you.
What is Restorative Dentistry?
Restorative dentistry involves the study and management of oral diseases that affect the teeth and their supporting structures. Restorative dentistry utilizes different forms of dental specialties, including endodontics, prosthodontics, and periodontics for those cases who require multi-surfaced care. Restorative dentistry involves several procedures, such as dental implants, fillings, crowns, dentures, and many more. This type of dentistry’s main focus is ensuring that the mouth is functioning properly while also improving the overall look of the smile.
Restorative dentistry is important for many reasons but most of all, it keeps the mouth healthy. Restorative dental procedures are important because:
- Not replacing missing teeth can lead to further complications, such as bone loss which can lead to a collapsed face, therefore affecting your appearance and self-esteem.
- Replacing missing teeth helps maintain proper alignment of the natural teeth and prevent any shifting from occurring.
- Replacing missing teeth helps maintain good oral hygiene habits to prevent plaque build-up which can lead to further complications, such as gum disease.
- Cavities, also known as dental caries, are permanently damaged areas of the tooth that develop tiny holes in the tooth’s surface. If not treated, the cavity can worsen and cause a greater deal of pain and substantial dental work. Dental fillings are an effective treatment option for cavities that fill the hole and prevent any bacteria from entering the damaged area.
Types of Restorative Procedures
Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry offers a wide range of restorative procedures and cosmetic dentistry including:
- Dental Fillings. Dental fillings are a dental restoration to restore the function and shape of the missing tooth structure. They provide a durable, natural-looking restoration. They are most commonly used for treating cavities or dental caries.
- Complete Smile Makeovers (Same Day Smile Makeovers). A complete smile makeover is a restorative procedure that uses implants to immediately attach a provisional crown or bridge which provides non-removable, fully-functioning teeth that look natural. This option eliminates the need for uncomfortable removable dentures.
- Dental Crowns. Dental crowns are used to replace an entire damaged tooth. Dental crowns are typically made of either porcelain or ceramic. Crowns do more than strengthen a weak tooth, it can also improve the shape, alignment, and appearance.
- Dental Bridges. A dental bridge is an alternative treatment option for replacing missing teeth. A bridge is a prosthesis that depends on the support of the surrounding healthy teeth. The healthy adjacent teeth are compromised and converted into abutments. The abutments are what supports the bridge prosthesis securely in place.
- Veneers. Veneers are a thin layer of porcelain that helps to restore worn down or stained teeth. Each ultra-thin layer of porcelain is custom designed to fit your teeth and are bonded to its surface to enhance your smile and provide you with a brighter, natural-looking smile.
- Lumineers. Lumineers are a brand of veneers that help to improve the appearance of patients’ smiles without compromising the tooth’s natural surface. Our team of specialists can help to restore your smile with Lumineers without having to reshape sensitive tooth structures and completely pain-free!
- Dentures/ Overdentures. Dentures are a prosthetic appliance that is custom designed to your mouth. This appliance is artificial gums and teeth that are used to replace missing teeth. Dentures can be complete or partial dentures; this means they can either replace all missing teeth on the top, bottom or both arches or replace a few missing teeth. An overdenture is an artificial natural-looking denture that is attached to dental implants. This option is much more durable because they are secured with dental implants.
- Inlays/ Onlays. Inlays and Onlays are used to restore and prevent further complications of cavities that are too large to fill. Inlays are used to fill smaller areas of the tooth while onlays are used to cover larger areas.
- Sleep Apnea Treatment and Appliances. Sleep Apnea is a potentially dangerous sleeping disorder where your breathing stops and starts intermittently while sleeping. The most common symptom of sleep apnea is loud and heavy snoring while sleeping. Treatment and appliances for this disorder include oral appliance therapy, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), or surgery.
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Restorative Dentistry FAQs
What is restorative dentistry?
Restorative dentistry involves several procedures that focus on maintaining a functioning healthy mouth. The main goal of restorative dentistry is to preserve your natural smile and prevent and future oral health concerns.
Why choose restorative dentistry?
Restorative dentistry is essential for your overall health. Having a healthy mouth helps not only prevent oral health concerns but other concerns that can affect the body.
What is the difference between cosmetic and restorative dentistry?
Restorative dentistry’s main concern is keeping the mouth healthy and functioning, while cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the overall look of the smile.
What is considered restorative dentistry?
Restorative dentistry is considered to be any form of dental specialty that aims to replace missing or damaged teeth.
What procedures are associated with restorative dentistry?
Procedures associated with restorative dentistry include dental crowns, bridges, veneers, lumineers, dental fillings, inlays, onlays, and other restorative procedures that maintain the natural function and shape of a tooth.
How to decide between restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry?
The main difference between restorative and cosmetic dentistry is that restorative dentistry focuses on both the functionality and look of the tooth, while cosmetic only focuses on the aesthetics. Before deciding between restorative and cosmetic dentistry, you must consider the exact issues you are having with your smile, since both cater to different needs.