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Monkton, MD 21111
The term "Restorative Dentistry" refers to the procedures and treatments for restoring your natural teeth that may have become decayed, damaged, or lost. Many restorative treatment options exist that may be implemented, depending on your unique needs. Your dentist will consult with you and help you understand what restorative dental treatment option is best for you.
Some restorative dental treatment options include:
Dental Implants: Dental Implants fall under the realm of cosmetic dentistry and are used to replace a lost or damaged tooth with an artificial tooth. They are effective and proven to successfully improve your smile.
Veneers: Porcelain veneers are custom-designed shells of tooth-like ceramic material applied over the surface of a tooth. Porcelain Veneers can cover worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment, cracks, chips and spacing gaps.
Crowns: Dental Crowns, sometimes called "caps," preserve the functionality of damaged teeth. Crowns are used to restore functionality of a tooth with excessive decay, protect a cracked or broken tooth, or replace an existing crown. Your dentist can place a crown on your teeth that will look and function like your original tooth before the damage occurred. Many crown recipients are unable to feel or see a difference in their crown compared to the original tooth.
Bonding: "Bonding" is the term used to describe the use of composite resins to "glue" materials to the surface of a tooth for restorative purposes. Cracked, chipped, or otherwise damaged teeth are often repaired through bonding. An enamel-like composite material is adhered to the surface of a tooth, sculpted into shape and polished, making the chip or crack invisible.
Bridges: Dental Bridges are used to replace teeth that are missing. Not only do bridges help the aesthetics of your smile, they solve the problem missing teeth can have in affecting your bite and speech. Bridging fills in spaces where teeth are missing with dental implants or partial dentures.
Fillings: When small tooth fractures or tooth decay occur, fillings are most often used to repair the surfaces of your teeth. Routine cleanings and dental exams often identify cracks or decay in a tooth that can then be remedied with a filling.
Prosthodontics: A dental field focusing on the restoration of oral functionality by creating prostheses and restorations (i.e., complete dentures, crowns, dental implants, etc...). Joint problems, implants and Cosmetic Dentistry all fall into the field of prosthodontics.