What does this mean?
In broad terms, restorative dentistry is simple; it is the process of returning the mouth to a proper state of health. The most common procedure a dentist will do to protect and restore teeth is the filling.
Fillings are easy to understand. When the enamel of a tooth becomes weak or broken, the sensitive material inside can be exposed to a number of things that cause decay and often pain.
The first step a dentist will take is to open up the tooth. Access is attained with a small handpiece, so the problem area is visible. Step two is the cleanup of the decay. Once everything is clean and healthy again, the hole is filled with a tooth-colored material that protects the tooth and stops up any cracks, gaps, and fissures.
The tooth is now clean, the enamel repaired; ready to smile and chew.
What If I Don’t Like My Old Fillings?
Dental practice changes almost as quickly as smartphone technology. Every year we develop new equipment and establish new procedures. We have an entire page that talks about some of these tools and technologies.
Unfortunately, this means that some of the work you’ve had done in the past elsewhere might not be as effective or aesthetically pleasing as you’d like it to be.
Before tooth-colored fillings were common, most were silver. These long lasting fillings were the mainstay of dental work but the brightness of the silver against the white of the teeth can be quite noticeable. Now there is an option: actual tooth-colored fillings.
One of the services we offer in restorative dentistry is the upkeep of old work. We use the latest practices and materials to correct unpleasant looking dental work from the past, creating a smile you will want to show off!
In that same vein, we also repair problematic work. If you’ve had a filling that didn’t quite work, or has come loose in some way, get in touch with us right away. We prefer to take care of you before painful results arise.