Sometimes referred to as Prosthodontic Dentistry, the arena of Restorative Dentistry involves “restoring” the function and appearance of the mouth. Though the primary goal of treatment is to preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible, dentists must consider a number of strategies when performing restorative dental procedures. Consequently, treatment is not one-size-fits-all, and while some are conservative, others require a more comprehensive approach. Even so, most general dentists are qualified to perform restorative dentistry, as many offer various options for repairing and restoring teeth.
Oral B explains that depending upon the nature of a patient’s dental concern, there are two types of restorations—direct and indirect. A direct tooth restoration is typically performed in a single visit, and might involve placing a dental filling into a prepared tooth. A number of filling materials are available, depending on where the tooth is located and how much pressure is applied to the tooth when chewing. Some of these include glass ionomer or resin composite materials.
Dental crowns, along with inlays and onlays, are considered indirect restorations. These are customized procedures, usually requiring more than one visit. While technological advancements in dentistry are allowing for easier, more efficient fabrication of indirect restorations on-site, most require some time in the lab before they are ready to be placed. As an added benefit, tooth-colored composite resin is a popular material for dental crowns that is natural and long lasting.
Next-Level Restorative Dentistry and Patient Care
Dr. Joyce Guojun Ma, DDS, PhD brings next-level restorative dentistry and patient care to her Bridgewater, New Jersey practice, Precision Digital Dentistry.
Dr. Ma understands that advancements in dental technologies improve the efficiency and comfort of dentistry overall, particularly restorative dental treatments and procedures. What’s more, these new-age methods significantly shorten the process of treatment, while 3D imaging and precision-guided tools allow for greater accuracy. As a result, patients benefit from added comfort and better results, with improved healing times.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ma, call Precision Digital Dentistry today.