What Is Restorative Dentistry?

We’re recently taken a look at general dentistry, which helps prevent problems form occurring. But what about issues that have already developed? How does a dentist repair and restore a tooth? We can use restorative dentistry to address the health, function, and appearance of a tooth.

Try Our Quiz on Restorative Dentistry

  1. True or False: A filling addresses decay.
  2. True or False: We can repair a tooth with a crown.
  3. True or False: Root canal therapy address dental infections.
  4. True or False: We can replace missing teeth.

Answer Key

  1. True. A filling is a dental restoration made from composite resin, a metal-free material that can blend with your tooth. We remove decay and apply the material. We then shape and sculpt the tooth as it cures under a light. Finally, we polish the tooth for a more natural appearance. The entire procedure start-to-finish takes one visit!
  2. True. A dental crown fits over the visible portion of the tooth. We can use them to reshape damaged, decayed, or infected teeth. We can also create them from lifelike materials, such as a porcelain.
  3. True. If you have an infected tooth, we can perform a root canal to remove the infected tissue. We then place a crown to restore the tooth. The procedure prevents the infection from spreading to surrounding teeth or causing the tooth to become lost.
  4. True. We can use them to address missing teeth as well. For example, a set of crowns can help anchor a custom-made dental bridge into place, addressing between one and three missing teeth in a row. We can also use them to restore a single tooth dental implant.

Do You Have Questions About Restorative Dentistry?

We can improve the function and health of your smile. At Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we have restorative options to improve the shape and function of your teeth. We proudly offer our services to individuals from Independence, Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs, Kansas City, Grain Valley, Liberty, and surrounding areas. To schedule an appointment, or to learn more about us, call our dental office in Independence, MO, today at 816-350-0808.