Which of the following is considered restorative dentistry?
A. Root canal treatment
C. Dental implants
D. All of the above
Q2. True or False: Dental implants prevent jawbone deterioration.
Q3. Which of the following are tooth replacements?
A. Dental implants
C. Partial dentures
D. All of the above
Q4. True or False: Fillings are restorative dentistry.
A1. D: All of the above and more are considered restorative dentistry. This type of dental care focuses on repairing or replacing tooth structure with dental restorations or therapeutic procedures. Root canals, for example, involve removing internal infection and building back tooth strength with gutta-percha filling and a porcelain crown. Dental implants are restorative dentistry because they help patients reclaim their tooth function.
A2. True: Dental implants prevent alveolar atrophy, or jawbone shrinkage, by restoring chewing stimulation to the jawbone. Without tooth roots, or a dental implant, the body no longer receives the stimulus it needs to send nourishment to the jawbone; therefore the bone deteriorates overtime.
A3. All of the above are replacements for missing teeth. Dental implants are often considered the most natural-feeling dental restorations because they bond to the jawbone, adding stability and comfort. Dental bridges and partial dentures rely on abutment teeth, or teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. A dental bridge is composed of two porcelain crowns which support one or more artificial teeth in the middle. Partial dentures are like dental bridges except they come in a removable variety and can attach to only one abutment tooth with a porcelain crown.
A4. True: Fillings are considered restorative dentistry because they address tooth decay and strengthen tooth structure. Fillings can come in a variety of materials from metal fillings, to composite resin, or porcelain inlays and onlays.
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