Restorative Dentistry

If you have ever experienced bad teeth and painful gums, you know how difficult it can be to deal with. Even if you practice good quality preventative oral hygiene, there can be times where your teeth are decayed or damaged to such an extent that restorative dentistry is the best plan of action. 


What Is Restorative Dentistry?

Restorative dentistry is the practice of dental procedures to reduce pain and restore comfort to people experiencing various dental issues. Restorative dentistry could be used to improve the appearance of your teeth, but can also be used to fix significant problems.


What Are the Benefits of Restorative Dentistry?

Using restorative dentistry is a way to either help you improve the look of your teeth or to fix your teeth that are badly affected by decay or damage. As restorative dentistry can help you to replace the missing tooth or improve the appearance of your teeth, it can help you feel much more confident in yourself. 


What Are the Procedures Associated With Restorative Dentistry?

Restorative dentistry covers a wide array of practices and procedures:

  • Crowns. This is a cap that your dentist can place over a decayed or damaged tooth to restore its proper shape and size.
  • Fillings, which are the most common type of restorative dentistry. If cavities form, fillings are used to repair the damage and can last up to several years.
  • Bridges. If you are missing teeth, a bridge comprises a false tooth filling the gap with crowns placed on the adjacent teeth to hold the bridge in place.
  • Veneers. These are shells that are bonded to your teeth to improve their appearance. If you have chipped a tooth or broken one, veneers can improve the look of your smile. And this is an option you can take instead of having to wear braces.
  • Dentures are a great way to restore your smile which, if you have damaged gums or missing teeth, is a very effective approach.
  • Composite bonding is a process where a composite material is bonded to your tooth. The difference between this and veneers or crowns is that very little of the original tooth is removed.
  • Implants can also replace a missing tooth using a metal screw in place of the root. This anchors the implant in place. A crown is then placed over the screw to make the tooth look natural.
  • Root canals, where the decay from the affected tooth is cleaned out to get rid of painful toothaches. After a root canal procedure, an inlay or onlay is added to the tooth. Finally, a dental crown restores the appearance of the tooth.
  • Extractions are usually the last resort. If a tooth is damaged beyond repair, a tooth extraction might be essential. After a tooth is removed, restorative options like implants and bridges can help to replace the missing tooth. 


As you can see, restorative dentistry comprises a wide range of practices. If you are looking to improve the appearance of the teeth or you have concerns, here at Ashley Dental Center, we help the people of Adelphi, Maryland to use restorative dentistry to improve their oral health and happiness.