Wednesday, July 10, 2013

What Are Restorative Dental Services

What Are Restorative Dental Services?

Restorative Dentistry is very common among people of all ages.  It is the treatment, and often preventative treatment, of diseases of the teeth in order to restore or bring them back to their best health.  We at Uptown Smile, in order to provide nothing but the best to our patients, use state-of-the-art technologies in all our procedures. These new technologies allow us to detect dental concerns at early stages, treat your dental issues with precision, and provide stunning and customized restorations. Procedures that can be considered restorative dentistry include:
  • pulpotomy, the treatment of the nerve
  • crowns
  • fillings
  • bridges
  • implants
  • dentures
A pulpotomy, or nerve treatment, is done when there is a large amount of decay (such as a deep cavity). If not treated properly and promptly, you could develop a serious infection or lose the tooth. The entire nerve or a part of it may be removed, depending upon the amount of decay. It is likely that a crown will be needed to fit over the remaining part of the tooth.
Teeth that are not formed properly, have a lot of decay or fractures (cracks), or have undergone a pulpotomy may require a crown in order to cover the remaining tooth. Crowns are also used when a very wide and/or deep cavity has done so much damage to the tooth that it needs to be protected in order to save it. The procedure can be done right after a pulpotomy, at the same appointment. The dentist will fit the crown over the top of the remaining tooth to keep it protected. 
A filling is used to fill in an area of a tooth that has been drilled out to remove decay (a cavity). Cavities that require a filling usually are not cavities with deep decay. To fill a cavity, the dentist will begin by using a special dental drill to clean out the decayed area of the tooth. The decay then is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned. Silver fillings called “amalgam” or white fillings called "composite" can be used to fill the area.
Bridges are false teeth that are designed to "bridge" the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Bridges can be anchored on either side by crowns and cemented permanently into place.
Dental Implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants are actually a small post made of metal that are placed into the bone socket where teeth are missing. The implant is covered with a replacement tooth called a crown.
Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. They are made of acrylic resin sometimes combined with metal attachments. Complete dentures replace all the teeth; partial dentures are considered when some natural teeth remain and are retained by metal clasps attached to the natural teeth.

Uptown Smile offers all of these services to keep your mouth healthy and happy!  Our special for the month of July is $50 OFF any restorative service. Call us today to talk about your preventative needs and any other concerns you may have about restorative dental treatments.

Uptown Smile
3100 W. Lake Street #305
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Phone: (612) 822-1484



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