The term “restorative dentistry” refers to the art of and integrated management of existing oral health problems aimed at restoring the mouth to its original esthetic and functional state. Given that every patient’s restorative dental needs are different, a comprehensive understanding of patient communication and technique is needed to perform restorative services.
Currently, restorative dentistry is not recognized by the American Dental Association as a dental specialty. However, most general dentists are able to perform many restorative procedures without the need for additional certification or education. Many restorative services and procedures that cannot be completed by your general dentist can be performed by a prosthodontic dentistry specialist. Generally speaking, your dentist should be able to perform the following restorative services:
Restorative Dental Services We OfferAt Pacific Ave Dental we offer a wide variety of restorative dental services. Some of these services include:
Dental fillings are used to remedy damage caused to a tooth by decay. Your Pacific Ave Dental dentist will first remove the decay and clean the site with a special antiseptic wash. After cleaning up the site your dentist will then apply the tooth filling material, which is composed of either amalgam gold, composite or silver. Composite fillings are often recommended as they bond directly to the tooth, unlike traditional fillings, and they are more aesthetically pleasing.
Dental bonding is a restorative procedure in which your Pacific Ave Dental dentist will repair a damage tooth in an effort to restore it to a natural looking state. The bonding material used during dental bonding is made of ceramic resin that is applied directly to the prepared tooth. Prior to brushing on the bonding material the tooth must be roughened to allow the material to firmly attach to the natural tooth. Once the material is applied it is then hardened with a special intense light. Your dentist may recommend dental bonding to repair tooth decay damage, to fill gaps between teeth, to improve the alignment of the teeth or to improve the tooth appearance.
Dental crowns are used to restore teeth that have been severely damaged due to decay or injury. Before placing your crown your Pacific Ave Dental dentist will first prepare the tooth by cleaning and shaping the tooth to allow room for the crown. Once the tooth is prepared the crown is cemented into place. Crowns work to not only strengthen the surface of the damaged tooth, but also to prevent the tooth from suffering further decay. Your dentist may recommend a dental crown to restore a fractured tooth, protect a tooth from fracture, to restore a tooth damaged by decay, to cover a dental implant, to anchor a bridge or to cover a tooth that is stained or discolored.
Dental bridges are used to replace a missing tooth or teeth for both functional and cosmetic purposes. The structure of a dental bridge is made up of one or more artificial teeth that are anchored in place by existing natural teeth, an implant or a dental crown. It may be recommended that you get a dental bridge placed to help restore your bite or to prevent remaining teeth from shifting; which could lead to a wide array of dental issues. Bridges can be composed of a variety of materials including ceramic, porcelain and metal or gold. The composition of your dental bridge will depend on a variety of factors, including wear, structural requirements and aesthetics. More >>
When tooth decay is left untreated to a certain point, the decay will eventually reach the pulp (or soft tissue) of the tooth and cause an infection. When this happens a root canal becomes necessary in an attempt to save the tooth that might otherwise require extraction. Once the pulp of the tooth becomes infected, it is impossible for it to heal on its own, making the urgency of the situation all the more serious. In some cases, a trauma that leads to a tooth fracture that was not restored can also lead to infection of the pulp of a tooth, requiring a root canal. Left untreated infections of the soft tissue in the tooth can eventually reach the root tip and spread into the bloodstream compromising the entire body’s immune system.
blemishes. However, even if you have perfectly straight, white teeth, your smile still may not be what you want it to be. While your teeth are a major component of your smile, they are not the only one. Your gums also play a crucial role. Excess gum tissue can make your beautiful teeth appear small, and instantly diminish your appearance. At Pacific Ave. Dental, we can help to give you a beautiful smile you have been looking for with crown lengthening.