Whenever dental procedures require repairing or replacing a tooth, it may be considered under restorative dentistry. Procedures that are considered restorative include everything from root canals to fillings and placing dental implants. The main objective of this type of dentistry is to restore the function of teeth while also adding to the overall appearance and looks of the patient. When it comes to restorative dentistry and its related procedures, here are a few worth considering. For example, cavity fillings are indeed considered restorative in nature.
Protect the Soft Inner Pulp of the Tooth
This is typically one of the most common types of dental procedures in use today. When bacteria damage the enamel of a tooth and create a hole, a cavity will form. One of the most important ways to handle a cavity is to remove the bacteria and fill the hole as a way to protect the soft inner pulp of the tooth. The dentist simply removes the injured part of the tooth and then fills the hole with either amalgam or composite material in order to prevent further damage. This filling is then tasked with preventing any additional infection of the tooth.
A Root Canal Can Be Used to Address an Injured Tooth
In addition, a root canal is a common procedure that is performed when a cavity has made its way into the inner part or pulp of the tooth and caused this section of the tooth to become infected. In other cases, a root canal can be used to address an injured tooth. The most common reason for a root canal is as mentioned, an infected tooth. During the procedure, the soft pulp is cleaned out and all infection is removed. Then a composite material is placed within the tooth so that no further infection is possible. Root canal enjoys an incredibly high success rate and is one of the most important ways of saving a tooth that may have otherwise required extraction.
Protects Jawbone Mass
Equally important is that of dental implants when it comes to restorative dentistry and its related procedures. When a tooth has been extracted or fallen out, a dental implant is a way to not only restore full functionality but also protect jawbone mass. It is in essence an artificial tooth and root structure that allows for placement of a permanent crown. The implant rod is made of titanium and bonds permanently with the jawbone to create a solid and lasting artificial tooth roots structure. To learn more about restorative dentistry in nature talk with your Fairfield dentist, Dr. Cheng Zhu, DMD at Freedom Dental today.