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Restorative dentistry is a specialized field within the dental industry that focuses on the management and restoration of your teeth to provide you with a beautiful smile. The term restorative dentistry includes a variety of different procedures that are usually performed by a general dentist as a specialist is not needed. Some of the treatments include dentures, root canals, veneers, fillings, dental implants, bridges, and crowns.
If you are unhappy with the way that your teeth look, then you may want to consider speaking with Dr. Steve S. Kim about a restorative treatment plan.
What to Expect at Your Appointment
When you go into our office for a consultation, we will discuss the available treatment options with you. The first step before coming up with a treatment plan is to take a look at your teeth. During this evaluation, Dr. Steve Kim will find any problems or concerns that he has.
After the analysis is complete, Dr. Steve Kim will then talk to you about the available treatment options. Many patients are able to have multiple procedures performed to restore their smile.
The type of treatment that is best for you will depend on how much work needs to be done, your current health status, and your budget.
Fillings for Tooth Decay
One common restorative dental procedure is a filling and it is used when a cavity has formed in your tooth. A hard material is inserted into the hole that has formed in your tooth to protect it from further decay.
There are two types of fillings options including composite resin fillings and amalgam fillings.
Amalgam fillings are not used as much because they contain mercury, but they were a very common option for dental patients. The mercury that is contained in the filling material is not considered harmful, so do not panic if you have any amalgam fillings.
If you are not sure what these fillings are, they are the traditional silver metal fillings you may have seen or received.
The next type is a composite resin filling, which is made from a variety of materials. To activate the resin, the dentist will shine a light on it and it will harden in place.
Composite resin fillings mimic natural teeth and are the best option if you do not want your filling to be noticeable. The resin material is strong and durable, so it does make a good alternative to the amalgam fillings.
Root Canal Procedures
If you are in need of a root canal, it is considered a restorative procedure to save your tooth. Patients need to have a root canal performed when the nerve within their tooth becomes infected. You may also need to have a root canal performed if the pulp in your tooth is damaged due it injury.
Typically, you will KNOW when you need a root canal performed because you will experience hot and cold sensitivity, your tooth will ache severely, and you may notice the tooth turns dark in color.
When your dentist is ready to perform a root canal, Dr. Kim will begin by giving you a local anesthetic to numb the area. A rubber dam will then be placed and secured around the tooth in question.
Once the tooth is ready, the dentist will drill a small hole into the center of the tooth. Dr. Kim will then remove the pulp, nerve, and clean out the tooth to ensure all bacteria is removed. Once cleaned out, the hole will be sealed and a crown placed on top of the tooth to preserve it.
Crowns Can Prevent Further
Another treatment that falls under restorative dentistry is crowns. Crowns are used for a number of reasons including to protect your tooth and for cosmetic reasons as well.
If a tooth is damaged, filled, or has a root canal procedure performed on it, a crown will be placed over top of the tooth to prevent further damage to or breakage of the tooth in question. The crown itself acts as a barrier, but it also mimics your natural tooth, so it does not feel out of place.
In addition to its protective qualities, crowns can be used for cosmetic purposes. If you have a discolored, misshapen, or crooked tooth, a crown can be placed over top of it to hide the blemishes.
One of the best things about crowns is that they can be color matched to your natural tooth color, so you never have to worry about the crown standing out from the rest of your teeth.
Do You Have Missing
If you have missing teeth, do not be afraid to talk to Dr. Kim. He can help you restore your smile without it being too painful or too costly for you.
In fact, many patients who are missing teeth opt in for dental implants or dentures to replace the teeth that are gone. The biggest benefit of tooth replacement is that you will receive a boost in confidence and you will not be afraid to smile out in public again.
When it comes to dental implants and dentures, Dr. Kim will go over your options with you. For dental implants to work, you need to have enough bone in your jaw. If you have lost bone due to periodontitis, you may be a better candidate for dentures.
Talk to Dr. Steve Kim Today
If you are interested in restorative dentistry, speak with Dr. Steve Kim today. There are many treatment options available to help you restore your smile and fall back in love with it again.
Restorative dentistry focuses on fixing your teeth before replacing them. It is important to try and preserve them first, but when you cannot, there are other alternatives to ensure you do not have to live without any teeth.