Options for Restorative Dentistry

added on: February 14, 2021

Restorative DentistryThe aim of any dental restoration includes protecting and preserving a tooth’s life. With all the options available to you, how will you recognize which restoration is the right one for you? At Phelps Family Dentistry, our skilled dentists will go over all of your options so you are able to make an informed decision.

The majority of restorations are condition-specific, which means that they fulfill a certain need which arises once the tooth becomes infected, decayed, or damaged because of trauma. While it’s true that many types of dental restorations are not interchangeable, some overlap of purpose may exist.

Kinds of Restorations

Here’s a list of a few of the most common restorations, as well as their functions:

Dental Bonding: Bonding utilizes a tooth-colored material, referred to as composite, to make tiny repairs to teeth, which includes filling in gaps, chips, or reshaping the tooth.

Dental Fillings: Once a tooth experiences mild to moderate decay, we must remove it in order to prevent infection. That leaves a hole or “cavity” in the tooth, opening it up to bacteria invasion. In order to avoid this, we’ll place a filling inside the tooth to seal and keep out all things that don’t belong. At our dental office in Wilmington, we only use tooth-colored fillings which will blend in well with your smile.

Dental Crowns: Crowns are among the most protective restorations. If you have deep decay or break a tooth, the structure can become compromised. A crown covers the tooth and safeguards it when you chew. Like a dental filling, it additionally seals the tooth in order to prevent decay.

Also, we place crowns on teeth which have had a root canal procedure because they’ll break more easily.

Dental Bridges: A bridge is an artificial tooth made to hide the gap in your smile following tooth loss. Also, a bridge keeps the natural teeth from moving around by acting as a placeholder. We make bridges that blend in with your additional teeth so your smile doesn’t advertise your dentistry.

In need of general or restorative dentistry services in Wilmington, NC? Call our team at Phelps Family Dentistry to schedule a consultation: (910) 762-3481.