Restorative dentistry refers to dental care that corrects oral health complications such as infections, gum damage, broken teeth, and missing or decayed teeth. A failure to resolve any of these issues can result in worsened conditions and even additional health complications.
Signs You Need Restorative Dentistry
Oral health issues aren’t always obvious. Be on the lookout for these subtle signs something is wrong:
- Chronic Halitosis
Bad breath that won’t go away could signify a larger issue. Oral health complications such as gingivitis and cavities often present an unpleasant odor in your mouth. If you’re experiencing halitosis with no explanation and brushing or rinsing doesn’t help, consult with your dentist to see if an infection is to blame.
- Increased Tooth Sensitivity
When you experience sensitivity while eating, particularly cold foods, it may be a sign of something more significant. Heightened tooth sensitivity is often associated with infection and enamel erosion.
- Extreme Tooth Discoloration
Yellowing teeth, white spots, or dark-colored cracks may indicate that your enamel surface is deteriorating. When you experience a dramatic change in the color of your teeth, have them checked by a dental professional to make sure they are in good health.
Popular Restorative Treatments
There are a variety of dental restoration solutions available, depending on your smile needs.
Dental implants are a permanent solution to replace missing teeth. These natural-looking artificial teeth fully restore your ability to eat and speak. Depending on how many missing teeth you need to replace, they are available as a single implant or a set. Traditionally, this procedure typically takes a few months to complete, but you can restore your smile in a single appointment with Teeth-In-A-Day.
After cavity treatment, you’re left with a hole in your tooth. So your dentist places fillings in the space to bring your tooth back to its previous shape. Fillings are made of composite resin and customized to match the shade of your natural tooth for a discrete solution to correct tooth decay.
If you ignore a cavity, severe tooth decay sets in, and dental fillings won’t be enough to address the problem. Dental crowns cover the entirety of your damaged tooth to restore both function and look completely. Our office uses state-of-the-art CEREC technology to create durable ceramic crowns that mimic the look of your surrounding healthy teeth.
To prevent further damage from occurring, you must seek treatment for your dental problems as soon as possible. The longer you wait to address these issues, the more complicated and expensive the restorative procedures will be. Schedule your complimentary consultation with Dentistry at East Piedmont today, and we’ll get your smile back in shape in no time!
Originally published December 2018 and updated March 2022.