Your smile is a language that helps you connect with people. It is a means of speaking without ever using words. So, what would it feel like to not have the confidence to smile freely? To be trapped by your insecurities and self-loathing? Imagine being happy about wearing a COVID mask because that way, you don’t have to display your crooked smile!
But don’t worry. Restorative dentistry procedures can help give you a gorgeous smile that you can be proud of. Restorative treatment can also lessen the chances of other diseases, especially those curtailing to the teeth, gum, and jaw.
A healthy set of teeth is not just about appearance, but it also has a practical side that aids in biting, chewing, speaking clearly etc.
What kind of treatments are we talking about?
In this article, we talk about some popular restorative dentistry options that are available today.
At the dental clinic, the first step would be for the dentist to do a preliminary examination of your teeth. Then, depending on your specific issues, they will devise a restorative treatment plan.
The type of treatment is determined based on the sort of damage or decay and the severity. Take a look at these different treatment options that come under restorative dentistry.
Cavity filling is undoubtedly the most common restorative treatment. Most of us have undergone this procedure at least once in our lifetime. Cavity refers to a hole that develops on the enamel of the teeth due to decay.
These cavities are treated by filling the hole to prevent further infection and decay. Amalgam or composite is used for the fillings. In the case of the outwardly visible tooth, you can opt for a white filling that matches the shade of your other teeth.
Root canal treatment
Root decay happens when you don’t get your cavities checked. When a cavity deepens into the tooth, it infects the pulp of the tooth. This can lead to sensitivity of the teeth and also pain. To treat this, the pulp is removed, and the tooth canal is filled with the same filling material that is used for cavity filling. Thus, the infection is removed, and the inner areas of the tooth are protected from further damage.
Dental crowns or caps used on damaged, decayed or cracked teeth. Here, an impression is taken of the tooth in order to make a perfectly fitting crown. The existing tooth is shaped to fit and fix the crown.
A bridge is essentially a set of three crowns. That is, when one missing tooth is to be treated, a bridge is used. The new tooth is held in place with the help of the crowns placed on the two adjacent healthy teeth. These are what you could also call partial dentures.
Dentures are used for missing teeth or cases where a tooth is beyond repair. This artificial tooth is acrylic resin and sometimes held with metallic parts. Dentures can be complete or partial teeth replacements held in the mouth via suctions, adhesives or by relying upon other teeth.
Implants are a more tedious and complete solution to tooth restoration. Here, an implant is used to restore not just the tooth but also its root. Titanium is used as the root and is inserted into the jaw bone. The outer part is further attached with a crown.
How do I benefit from a restorative treatment?
Here are a few ways in which a restorative treatment can benefit you.
Improvements in functionality have two components – eating and speaking. The lesser the dental problems, the easier it will be for you to chew and digest food. Any pain, swelling or irritation can be treated with the treatments mentioned above. Further, speech discomfort originating from a missing or cracked tooth can be eliminated.
It need not be the case that you will be required to care for it lifelong once you undergo restorative treatment. In fact, treating a cracked, decayed or missing tooth will protect you from further pain and other invasive procedures. For example, a missing tooth will allow other teeth to move around. In the long term, such changes in the structure would require tedious treatments like getting braces. Or take the case of a dental implant. A dental implant saves a decayed tooth from infecting the gums and the bone. In essence, it guarantees better bone strength. Here, protection is not just for the treated tooth but for the mouth as well.
Drawing from the above statement, restorative processes help restore the teeth, saving the whole mouth from further treatments and medication. When infected teeth are left untreated, it will go on to infect the gums, nerves and jaw. Most gum diseases are born from plaque and bacteria formed on the enamel of the teeth. By taking care of one tooth at a time, you save yourself from other contractable gum and jaw-related illnesses.
By treating any minor or significant teeth ailments through restorative treatments, you are helping to restore the structure of your teeth. This benefits you in three ways. Your bite becomes optimal, thereby reducing wear and tear from underbite and overbite. An optimal bite means a good alignment, resulting in no discomfort or pain for your jaw bone.
The final benefit is undoubtedly improved appearance.
A good smile goes a long way – in appearance and in confidence. Restorative treatments done on outwardly visible teeth can drastically improve your smile. By optimizing for the right size, shape, and colour of the teeth, restorative treatment can do magic to your outward appearance along with maintaining your oral health. Although not a smile makeover, a slight change in your teeth can drastically boost your look and confidence.
If you feel that you can benefit from restorative treatments, don’t hesitate. Get in touch with your dentist and discuss suitable options. After a preliminary consultation, they will be able to suggest the most suitable option for you to improve the appearance and health of your teeth.