Restorative dentistry involves the analysis, prevention and treatment of oral diseases. Your dentist will suggest a treatment plan to restore teeth that are decayed, chipped, discolored or missing. There are many forms of restorative dentistry ranging from fillings, surgical and compact extractions, crowns, veneers, bridges, dentures, and more.
Dental fillings are used to treat cavities, cracked or broken teeth, or teeth that have been worn down over time. Teeth can be filled with gold; porcelain; silver amalgam; or tooth-colored materials.
At times, teeth need to be removed due to decay, disease or trauma. Simple or surgical extractions become necessary, and your dentist will differentiate between the two procedures. Wisdom teeth removal commonly uses surgical extraction because they are impacted into the mouth. Before the extraction, you will be given an anesthetic to reduce your discomfort. Your mouth will remain numb for a few hours after the extraction. Your dentist will place a gauze pack on the extraction site to limit bleeding and provide post-op instructions.
A root canal is a procedure to repair a badly decayed or infected tooth. It involves removing the damaged area of the tooth, disinfecting it and then sealing it. X-rays are typically taken and local anesthesia is usually provided.
Periodontal Disease Management
Gingivitis and periodontitis are two forms of periodontal disease. While gingivitis is the mildest form, left untreated it can lead to periodontitis. Plaque spreads and grows below the gum line eventually separating from the teeth. A periodontal deep scaling and root planning is performed to remove bacteria, calculus, and debris that has collected under the gum line.