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Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dentistry is a type of dentistry which restores teeth that are damaged because of mouth infections, an accident or aging. These type of procedures are complex and take time to complete.

The first step is the taking of a thorough dental and medical history. This helps the dentist to evaluate the situation and recommend the best treatment.

Teeth Whitening
Teeth lose their brightness mainly due to drinking tea or coffee, smoking and eating certain foods. Teeth whitening procedures are very good at restoring the color shade of the teeth. This can involve placing a bleaching agent directly on the teeth or using a laser technique. Laser treatment can be expensive, however it’s very fast and is often preferable to older, slower methods of whitening.

Veneers and Lumineers
Dental veneers and lumineers are used in restoration of teeth that are broken, chipped off or don’t line up properly. They are porcelain strips which are glued on to the teeth to improve their appearance. Lumineers are a kind of veneer that are made from Cerinate porcelain. These are less costly than standard veneers and are simpler to work with.

Dental Implants
Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. Modern implants are made from titanium, which bonds well with the bone in the jaw and provides excellent results. Titanium implants have all but replaced older, less effective methods of tooth replacement.

Other Options
Many adults are now opting for braces, as they are no longer associated with unsightly, uncomfortable metal in the mouth. Invisalign clear braces is a popular choice for discreet teeth straightening.

Some dentists still apply crowns, often as a capping procedure after a root canal is performed and some still build bridges, as well.

Anyone interested in exploring restorative dentistry should contact their dentist for information and a referral, if necessary.