Restorative dentistry is a branch focused on diagnosing, treating, and managing dental conditions that affect the structure and integrity of the teeth. Restorative dentistry aims to repair and replace damaged or missing teeth, ensuring patients regain oral function and a healthy smile.
At Cortez Dental, our dentists specializing in restorative dentistry focus on providing personalized treatment plans based on individual patient needs and goals. Regular dental checkups and good oral hygiene practices are essential to maintaining the longevity of restorative dental work.
The Benefits of Restorative Dentistry
Improving Appearance and Confidence
When your smile isn’t up to par with your expectations, it can affect your confidence and how you present yourself to others.
Avoid Further Damage to Your Teeth
Leaving issues untreated can lead to more significant problems requiring more extensive treatment.
Untreated cavities can become an infection, leading to other severe issues like tooth loss or life-threatening diseases.
Some Restorative Dentistry Procedures
Dental fillings repair teeth affected by dental decay or cavities. The decayed portion of the tooth is removed, and the resulting cavity is filled with materials such as composite resin, amalgam, or porcelain. Fillings restore the tooth's shape, strength, and function, preventing further decay and restoring the tooth's appearance.
Dental crowns, or caps, are restorations covering a damaged or weakened tooth completely. They are custom-made to match the natural teeth's shape, size, and color. Crowns are used to strengthen and protect teeth that have undergone extensive decay, fractures, or root canal treatment. They restore the tooth's appearance, function, and durability.
Dental bridges consist of artificial teeth (pontics) supported by crowns attached to adjacent natural teeth or dental implants. Bridges restore the appearance and function of the smile, help maintain proper dental alignment, and prevent surrounding teeth from shifting.
Dentures are removable prosthetic devices used to replace multiple missing teeth. They are custom-made to fit the patient's mouth and can be complete dentures or partial dentures. Dentures restore the ability to chew, speak, and smile, effectively restoring aesthetics and function.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is performed to save a tooth that is severely damaged or infected. It involves removing the infected or inflamed pulp from the tooth, disinfecting the root canal, and filling it with a biocompatible material. A dental crown is often placed over the treated tooth to protect and restore its strength and function.
Restorative dentistry is crucial in preserving oral health, restoring damaged teeth, and improving oral function. For more information about the benefits of restorative dentistry, contact Cortez Dental at 43 W. Montezuma Ave., Cortez, CO 81321, or call (970) 565-9569.