Every case is different, but there are some restorative dentistry processes that are among the most common services offered to the patients at Phelps Family Dentistry. Understanding whether your potential procedure falls under cosmetic or restorative may help to save thousands of dollars in terms of what is billed as an elective practice vs restorative.
Here’s a glance into a list of the most common restorative dentistry services Phelps Family Dentistry offers:
Whether they’re composite (white) or amalgam (metal), dental fillings are the most common restorative dental work we see. They’re used to structurally stabilize and repair teeth that have been deteriorated from decay and cavities.
If the tooth has experienced substantial decay and isn’t reparable through fillings, it might be time for crowns (commonly referred to as caps). Those restorative procedures include designing a “cap” covering the whole tooth down to the gum line to protect it from more damage.
Like crowns, dental bridges can be used to cover a space that has experienced an extraction. It involves multiple crowns merged together then bonded to the closest healthy teeth on either part of the gap to “bridge” missing teeth using a porcelain replacement.
In the event of broken or chipped teeth, bonding is typically the restorative practice used for repairs. Bonding involves the procedure of recreating the missing part of enamel by forming and then bonding composite materials to the rest of the tooth.
Once damage becomes significant, implants might be a viable solution. It involves the procedure of replacing an existing tooth structure with an implanted artificial tooth. They’re connected by a metal post that’s basically bonded to the jawbone through a metal, screw-like “root.”
Ways to Plan for Major Dentistry Work
Restorative dental work may offer much-needed relief for various oral problems; however, it is vital that you be fully informed before you arrange any such procedure. Make sure to discuss all your options with so you can know what to expect, as well as to make the best decision for your circumstances.