One of the main dental service lines that Sydney Dental specializes in is restorative dentistry. Essentially, this branch of dentistry focuses on improving the functionality and health of your teeth to give you better overall health as well as quality of life. The most popular tooth restoration services that our patients opt for are dental implants, crowns, bridges, and dentures. 

Restorative Dentistry

Want to find out more? Let Sydney guide you through the basics of restorative dentistry through this brief, reader-friendly post.

What is restorative dentistry?

Restorative dentistry is a branch of dentistry that works to repair or replace damaged teeth. The procedures included in restorative dentistry aim to restore oral health and chewing ability for patients.

Dental restoration can be carried out by general dentists. Dental crowns, bridges, dentures, and implants are among the most widely-known restoration methods around the world. 

Who and how does restorative dentistry benefit?

Dental restoration treatment can be helpful for individuals with:

  • Tooth decay, also known as dental cavities;
  • Broken or damaged teeth;
  • Tooth loss.

Restorative dentistry brings patients long-term oral wellness by bringing them healthy teeth and beautiful smiles through fixing their decayed or damaged teeth. This improves their overall quality of life with easier eating, better chewing, and clearer speech. Specifically, dental restoration helps:

  • Improve oral wellness;
  • Restore chewing ability;
  • Make tooth pain go away;
  • Decrease the risk of dental problems in the long run;
  • Bring better facial looks and smiles.
  • Boost confidence and contentment level in life.

How to differentiate between restorative and cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is designed to improve the aesthetics of your teeth as well as smile. Common treatments invloved in this branch of dentistry are teeth whitening, dental bonding, and dental veneers, crowns, orthodontics, dental fillings, and dentures.

Restorative dentistry, on the other hand, aims to better your oral wellness and dental function. Some treatments belong to both the restorative and cosmetic categories. For instance, dental crowns work to bring your chewing ability back and give you a prettier smile at the same time.

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What are the restorative treatments that Sydney offers?

Dental implants

A dental implant is designed to serve as an alternative tooth root for a severely decayed or missing tooth. As people refer to a dental implant, they usually mean the whole functional restoration piece that includes a titanium implant post, an abutment, and the top prosthesis. The artificial tooth to be bound as the last step of the treatment can be a dental crown, bridge, or denture.

While conventional dental crowns and bridges require alterations and reductions to your original teeth, dental implants keep them intact. This and other advantages like high durability, full chewing ability restoration, great convenience, natural feels and looks make dental implants the most optimal restorative option for people with tooth loss. However, not everyone is a candidate.

Dentures

Unlike dental implants that are a relatively new tooth restoration, dentures are deemed as a traditional option. There are two main types of dentures, that is partial dentures to replace a part of the arch, and complete denture to cover a complete arch of lost teeth. 

Dentures work by clipping onto the outer part of the gums and relying on the underneath jawbone for support. An available option that patients can opt for is implant-supported dentures. The difference between these dentures and traditional ones is instead of being held on top of the gums, they are bound to dental implants. This treatment helps provide more stability and durability than traditional dentures.

Dental bridges

A dental bridge serves to replace one lost tooth or multiple of them. A dental bridge comprises false teeth with dental crowns on the two sides. 

During the procedure, the dentist will reduce your original teeth at either side where the bridge is bound onto. The crowns are designed to clip onto your natural teeth while the fake teeth cover the gap left by missing teeth between them.

Dental crowns

Dental crowns, also known as dental caps, are attached on top of your tooth surface to cover it. This treatment is for those with  large tooth cavities or broken teeth. 

For the treatment, adjustments and reductions to your original teeth have to be made for dental crowns to be attached.

Root canal treatment

Root canal treatment, or a root canal, is a procedure done to remove the dead or dying tooth pulp. As bacteria creep into the root canal off the tooth, infection occurs and that is when a root canal treatment is needed.

During the procedure, the dentist will take the infected pulp out, which includes any dead nerves and blood vessels inside of the tooth. Then they will disinfect the area thoroughly before filling it with a specialized dental material. After that, the dentist seals the access hole shut to prevent bacteria penetration. Usually a dental crown is also performed along with a root canal for extra support and stabiliity. 

Dental fillings

When the enamel layer of the tooth gets eroded due to bacteria, there will be a tooth on your tooth called a cavity. Cavities that are insignificant in size are usually fixed with dental fillings.

For a dental filling, the dental care provider will first remove any decay in the tooth then fill the hole with a special material. This is usually a composite that is designed to match the color of your natural teeth. This helps prevent tooth decay from deteriortating and keep further damage at bay.

Inlays & onlays

Inlays and onlays are the solution to the dilemma when a tooth cavity is too small for a dental crown yet too big for a dental filling.

Inlays and onlays are customized tooth restorationsmade to fit into your dental structure like how puzzle pieces work. These are to be attached securely by the dentist.

Inlays and onlay are relatively similar to each other. The difference is onlays help to replace the cusps of the tooth whereas inlays are to be filled into a tooth cavity.

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When should you seek help from restorative dentistry?

If you have teeth that are missing, damaged, or decayed, it is best that you make an appointment with the dentist at a reputable dental clinic. This is to restore your dental function, oral health, and the beauty of your smile.

One should also pay regular visits to the dentist for check-ups and cleanings. Moreover, always practice proper oral hygiene to keep your teeth in good condition.

If you’ve had a treatment for your problem but the restoration doesn’t feel right or is causing a weird taste in your mouth, seek immediate dental help for directions from a specialist.

A word from Sydney

Hopefully this read on restorative dentistry from Sydney is informative and helpful to you in choosing between your tooth restoration options. If you are still unsure of anything in search of a new unforgettably stunning smile, do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are at 499-501 Ba Hat St, Ward 8, District 10, HCMC, Vietnam looking forward to your visit. You may also call us at (028) 3504 9440 for a free no-obligation comprehensive consultation. Your pretty, shiny smile is 100% guaranteed at Sydney Dental!