What is restorative dentistry?
Restorative dentistry is a branch of dentistry that involves the care of patients who are in need of restorations due to certain dental issues. This specialty also specifically contributes to elderly care and care to those who have special medical needs. Furthermore, restorative dentistry involves different aspects in periodontics, endodontics, implant dentistry, fixed and removable prosthodontics, and maxillofacial prosthodontics.
What are dental fillings?
Dental fillings are popular dental restorations. They can be made of silver amalgam, glass materials that are also known as composite resin fillings, or gold. Dental fillings are placed on the tooth when the decayed portion of it is removed. These dental restorations are also useful in repairing broken or cracked teeth that have become worn down from misuse.
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns, also called as “caps”, are tooth-shaped dental restorations that are placed over the surface of the tooth to restore its appearance, size, and strength. Furthermore, a dental crown can be used to hold a dental bridge together or to serve as a covering for a dental implant. This dental restoration can also protect a tooth that has been weakened by decay. Dental crowns can be made from different materials, ranging from stainless steel, metals, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all-resin, or all-porcelain.
What can dental bridges do?
Dental bridges are artificial teeth that are specifically designed to literally “bridge” the gap caused by one or more lost teeth. Artificial teeth in these bridges will be anchored on either side with the use of dental crowns. The bridge is permanently cemented in the area.
What is the use of dental implants?
Dental implants are popular tooth root replacements. They can be described as small posts that are made of metal and placed into the area where teeth are missing. These implants will then be covered with an artificial tooth called a crown. Dental implants are permanent solutions for people with missing tooth or teeth and are ideal for those who want to stay comfortable by having fixed prosthetic teeth.
What are dentures and when are they needed?
Dentures are removable dental devices that serve as replacement for missing teeth and their surrounding tissues. Dentures come in partial and full types and are made of acrylic resin that can sometimes be combined with metal. While complete dentures replace all the missing teeth, partial ones are opted when there are still enough natural teeth remaining in the mouth.