Restoring that Smile: Implants and Restorative Dentistry

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Restoring that Smile: Implants and Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dentistry

About half of Americans do not like their smile. Are you one of them?

Having a great smile not only does things like boost your confidence, but people who smile more tend to be healthier, lead a more active social life, and even increase your productivity! Smiling is a great gesture to produce a lot of positivity in your life. 

But what if you don’t like your smile? Restorative dentistry can help!

If you’re ready to improve your smile, check out all the benefits of restorative dental care. 

What Is Restorative Dentistry?

When you have trauma or illness that causes the loss of teeth, it can be detrimental to your health and life. Not only due to the embarrassment you might feel of missing teeth, but also to the functionality of your mouth as a whole. 

Restorative dentistry aims to correct these problems to restore to you the function and appearance of your teeth through dental procedures and treatments. 

Some of the benefits of restorative dental care are:

  • Improved smile
  • Ability to talk, eat, and drink as normally as possible
  • Healthier teeth and gums
  • Eliminate diseases like gingivitis that can cause more health problems
  • No more pain or discomfort
  • In some cases, treatments are permanent

The entire purpose of restorative dentistry is to heal the mouth and jaw from injury or illness so you can live as normally as possible.

What Are Some Restorative Dental Procedures and Treatments?

Some areas that restorative dentistry targets are:

  • Missing teeth due to disease or trauma
  • Treatment of gum diseases like gingivitis
  • Periodontics
  • Orthodontics like braces
  • Dental implants
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Fillings due to cavities
  • Bridges
  • Crowns

Each treatment is on a case-by-case basis, and your dentist will recommend the treatment they think is best for you. Be sure to be as active as possible in your treatment, such as keeping appointments or following your dentist’s directions so you can help restore your smile.  

Why Restorative Dentistry Is Important

Believe it or not, oral health says a lot about the health of your entire body, and it can even depend on keeping your body healthy as a whole. 

For example, gingivitis is a disease caused by bacteria along the gumline. The bacteria can destroy the gums leaving pockets for bacteria to enter into your bloodstream. Once dangerous bacteria get into your bloodstream, they cause hosts of other health ailments like heart disease, diabetes, and so forth. 

Restorative dentistry betters your smile, not just by making it more cosmetically appealing, but by ensuring that there’s no disease or room for the disease to fester. 

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a popular and highly recommended restorative dental treatment. They replace broken or missing teeth, and you can have just one replacement or many. They are a permanent solution because they are fused to the jawbone, unlike dentures. 

Dental implants consist of three parts: the implant itself, the abutment, and the crown or the false tooth. You must have a strong, healthy jaw for dental implants to be successful. 

The process takes a few months depending on how many implants you want, and it also takes time for the implant to fuse to the bone of the jaw. Once the healing has taken place, then the dentist can add on the abutment, which is a hook that connects to the crown, the false tooth. 

The great thing about dental implants is that the false tooth is crafted to blend in with your surrounding teeth. In fact, dental implants are barely noticeable, and function just like normal teeth. Unlike dentures, you do not have to remove them for cleaning, because you eat, drink, and brush your teeth normally.

To find out if dental implants are right for you, visit your dentist, but typically anyone with a healthy, sturdy jaw will qualify for this treatment. 

How is Cosmetic Dentistry Different?

Perhaps you’ve heard of cosmetic dentistry and wondered how it differs from restorative dentistry.

Cosmetic dentistry refers to fixing cosmetic problems with your teeth purely for aesthetic purposes. It does not cover treating diseases or ensuring that teeth are normal. 

These might include:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Tooth resizing
  • Orthodontics
  • Dental veneers
  • Adjusting your bite
  • Bonding
  • Crowns

Sometimes there can be a blurred line between what constitutes as cosmetic or restorative. This is important when it comes to insurance purposes. 

The main difference between cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry is that restorative works to make sure your teeth are working properly, whereas cosmetic dentistry’s focus is only on the appearance of your teeth. 

Does Insurance Cover Dental Restoration?

Dental restoration may or may not be covered by dental insurance, because it simply depends on why you need the work. If the treatments are needed because of injury or illness, your insurance is likely to cover it, depending on your insurance benefits. 

If you’re choosing to do restorative dentistry for personal or aesthetic purposes, coverage may not be granted. However, it’s important that you check with your insurance company for coverage. 

Paying for Dental Restoration

You might wonder if dental restoration is affordable. The good news is that, even without dental coverage, you can likely afford restoration!

Most dentist’s offices are eager to help their patients afford the care they need, so they may be open to working with you for payments and financing. If you’re interested in restorative dental care, reach out to your dentist’s office to see what payment options they offer. 

Is Restorative Dentistry for You?

Restorative dentistry can get you back on track to a normal lifestyle! Are you ready to take the steps to restore and revive your smile today?

If you want more information on restorative dental treatments, visit our page or contact us today to see how we can help you!

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