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What Is the Purpose of Restorative Dentistry?

What Is the Purpose of Restorative Dentistry?

Restorative dentistry can sound more intensive than it often is. Simply put, restorative dentistry refers to any procedure that focuses on repairing or replacing missing, decayed, or damaged teeth. In fact, over 90% of adults will need some sort of restorative dental procedure before they hit retirement age. Restorative dental work is different than cosmetic dental procedures, as it aims to improve not only the look of your smile but your overall oral health.

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What is Restorative Dentistry?

The goal of restorative dental work is to provide a natural look and feel to your smile. This means saving teeth when possible through repair and/or replacement. A restored smile also considers spacing, teeth placement, and bite correction which are all important to oral health. There are several common procedures that fall under the category of restorative dentistry, including:

The Difference Between Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry

Both restorative and cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile and the aesthetic quality of your teeth. You may dislike the look of your missing tooth but replacing it with an implant will not only improve your confidence. The procedure will also help maintain jawbone structure, proper teeth spacing, help chewing functionality, and improve gum health! Restorative dentistry is preventative and corrective dental work, so it is also generally covered by typical dental insurance.

Cosmetic dentistry, however, is generally only for cosmetic improvements and does not necessarily improve function or overall oral health. Cosmetic dental work includes correcting uneven teeth, whitening teeth, getting veneers, and contouring.

Do You Need Restorative Dentistry?

Restorative dentistry can improve your smile cosmetically, your teeth’s functionality, as well as your overall oral health. Even if you are not experiencing pain from severe tooth decay does not mean you do not need restoration procedures. You may need restorative dentistry if you have:

  • Cavities or tooth decay
  • Broken, cracked, or chipped tooth
  • Missing teeth
  • Nerve or tooth pain
  • Weakened teeth
  • Mouth trauma

At Desert Dental Alternatives we encourage regular checkups to ensure maintenance of proper oral health—both your teeth and gums. Regular checkups will help stay on top of planning any restorative dentistry you may need, as well as prevent further issues long term. Especially if you have not seen the dentist in a while, you should schedule a check-up to see what restorative dentistry can do for you. Your comfort, oral health, and smile confidence is always our priority!

Call our cosmetic dentistry team at Desert Dental Alternatives TODAY and let us lead you on your smile journey!