What is Restorative Dentistry?
Restorative dentistry is the treatment of teeth and their supporting structures to restore your mouth back to full functionality using dental implants, crowns and bridges, root canal therapy, dentures and/or fillings.
What are Crowns and Bridges?
Dental crowns and bridges are custom-fitted tooth prosthetics that are used to replace or restore damaged or missing teeth.
Crowns, also known as caps, are fixed over the surfaces of natural tooth structures or dental implants.
Bridges are used to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth and are anchored in place by the natural teeth or crowns nearest the empty space.
Both crowns and bridges are non-removable and must be cemented in place by a licensed dentist. Patients who get crown or bridges to restore their smiles achieve both the function and appearance of natural, healthy teeth.
What are Veneers?
Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance.
These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.
- Your dentist will remove a small amount of the tooth surface to permit placement of the veneer.
- An impression is taken of the tooth and sent to the dental laboratory.
- The dental veneer is then made to fit the tooth and mouth.
- The veneer is bonded to the tooth with resin cement.