In the field of dentistry, there are many specialties for different kinds of conditions of the teeth. Restorative dentistry is one of those specialties in dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions and diseases of the teeth and other anatomical parts of the mouth. Restorative dentistry is not the same as cosmetic dentistry, as its purpose is not just for the appearance – restorative dentistry is meant to restore the teeth back to health with various procedures by your dentist.
Our teeth can experience serious diseases and infections, just like any other part of our body. Decaying teeth can lead to the loss of that tooth completely, and infections and run deep within the roots of our teeth and cause our teeth to break apart on their own. Bacteria can trap itself underneath the gums. The ultimate consequence of any negative condition of the teeth is loss of the teeth – and when we lose teeth, we lose that tooth’s specific function.
One example of a restorative dentistry procedure available at your local dentist is root canal therapy. A root canal is needed when the pulp within our teeth becomes infected and the channels of the root need to be cleaned out before the tooth loses its function. A hole is drilled in the tooth and all of the pulp and root are cleaned out with small needle-like objects. Once your general dentist is finished, the tooth is usually capped with a crown for its protection.
An infected tooth in need of a root canal should be a priority. These infections can bring pain deep down into the jaw, local pain at the site of the infection, gums that swell up with pus called abcesses and even the tooth eventually beginning to break apart to reveal smelly bacteria underneath, which could cause more infection if food is trapped inside it or cut the tongue. Restorative dentistry focuses on giving you a healthy smile again and treating the pain, discomfort or loss of function associated with a tooth disease.
If a tooth is lost, there are restorative procedures such as dental implants and bridges that can put a porcelain tooth in its place. This way, your smile is not affected and you still have the function of that tooth.
Restorative dentistry is safe and effective, and can help you feel great about the look and feel of your smile again.