Restorative care deals with rehabilitating the teeth back to full function and aesthetic appearances. This can involve a combination of different procedures including implants, crowns, bridges, simple restorative fillings, veneers, root canals and denture plates. Involvement of other dental specialists is sometimes required.
Teeth have a number of functions including chewing, aesthetics, speech and keeping facial muscles in the correct position. Tooth replacement is important because when a tooth is lost it can affect one or all of these aspects.
Restorations (fillings) are placed where decay has been removed from a tooth. Composite restorations are tooth coloured and matched to the shade of your tooth. This means you are left with a very natural looking durable restoration.
Implants are the most natural way to replace missing teeth. A titanium implant body is placed into bone to help preserve the bone and it provides a fixed support for a tooth replacement.
Crowns are used to cover over a specially prepared tooth and are utilized to help strengthen heavily filled and weakened or cracked teeth by holding it all together. They are especially important to be placed following a root canal treatment to protect the tooth.
Bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth and consist of an artificial tooth permanently attached to two crowns either side of the space.
Root canal treatments involve the removal of the damaged or infected pulp (nerve of the tooth) and replacement of the canal with a sealant and a root filling material. This is required when a tooth is inflammed due to decay or trauma. Some cases may need to be referred to a specialist depending on a number of individual tooth factors. A follow up procedure to place a crown is especially important following root canal treatment to protect the tooth.
Dentures are precision fitting removable false teeth which can be designed to look and feel like nature intended. Partial dentures are utilized where there is support offered from remaining teeth to provide stability. They can be made with a metal frame to keep them minimal and more comfortable. Full dentures rely on gums and muscles to keep them in place.