Got Questions? Ask a Restorative Dentist: Part Two

Ask a Restorative Dentist

Are you still unsure if you have a dental issue that requires a dental visit? Are you worried that restorative dental work will mean unattractive changes to your smile’s appearance? Restorative dentistry once meant metal fillings and crowns, which were noticeable and often uncomfortable. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of alternatives, which can create long-lasting, yet beautiful restorations to your smile. So if you suspect you have a dental problem, it’s time to talk to your restorative dentist about what can be done to get you smiling proudly, and comfortably, once again!

If I have a painful infection, is extraction the only option?

Many patients wrongly believe that the simplest or most effective form of restoration, is an extraction. However, extractions are considered invasive and a last-resort for most restorative dentists. That’s because an extraction would then require a replacement tooth, whereas other forms of restorative dentistry work to save the damaged tooth, itself.

Root canal treatment is often effective at saving an infected tooth. It involves removing infected portions of the tooth, and then sealing the damaged tooth against further decay, often through the use of a dental crown.

Will my restoration look unnatural?

Though metal fillings and dental crowns were once the primary form of restorative dentistry, they are no longer the only way to address cavities, infections and other tooth issues. In fact, many modern dentists recommend tooth-colored fillings and porcelain crowns, because of both their functionality and their appearance.

Tooth-colored fillings are made of a composite resin material that bonds well with teeth, and does not conduct heat as much as metal. This creates a more comfortable restoration for many patients. Porcelain dental crowns are also natural-looking, and designed for comfort.

Plus, porcelain is naturally stain-resistant, which allows it to age gracefully, and to be cared for in the same way as natural teeth.

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