Restorative Dentistry

There are two types of dentistry that can be carried out. These include restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. Restorative work aims to repair and protect damaged teeth, whereas cosmetic dentistry is performed solely to improve the visual appearance of the mouth and teeth.

Typically restorative dentistry is the type of dentistry that is used when you have an infection or when your teeth are in need of a little TLC. Cosmetic dentistry is something that a person chooses, rather than it being something that they have to have done. The most common forms of restorative dentistry include crowns and bridges.

Understanding Crowns

While there are different types of dentists, most will easily be able to insert a crown onto the tooth. Designed to help strengthen and protect a partially damaged tooth, crowns usually require at least two appointments; depending upon the types of dentists you visit. This is because an impression of the teeth will first need to be made. The next step is to create a tooth and that happens in a laboratory.

Powdered stone and water are mixed together and poured into the impression. Once hardened an articulator connects the lower and upper ceramic teeth to mimic a jaw. Melted wax is then applied to the prepped tooth stump and it is then invested in high heat stone before being burned out and cast into a metal. It is then down to the technician to use various drills to contour the metal before it is masked out. Once masked out, porcelain is placed over the metal and that is what creates the lifelike copy of your tooth.

Understanding Bridges

Bridges are used in restorative dentistry when there is a tooth missing in the middle of two other teeth. Bridges are used to literally “bridge the gap” between the teeth. In order to do this, crowns have to be fitted to the teeth at either side of the gap. The bridge will attach to these crowns and that will give the artificial tooth better support.

The main reason why you need to bridge the gap is because when a tooth is missing, the teeth either side of it can cave in. Up to five teeth could end up drifting so the need to fix the problem is quite pressing.

Altogether it can take up to 3 weeks to finish a bridging procedure. A temporary bridge is usually placed into the mouth while the permanent one is being created. An impression of your teeth needs to be made so that the bridge is created exactly right.

Overall restorative dentistry is designed to fix any problems that you may have with your teeth. Crowns and bridges are the most common forms of restorative treatments and different types of dentists will charge a different amount and take a different amount of time than the next.

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