Restorative dental care involves any type of integrated management of the oral cavity pertaining to oral health problems and/or restoring the normal function and/or esthetics of the mouth. Restorative dental care is not as of yet recognized as a specialty practice by the American Dental Association, and so most general dentists are able to perform restorative procedures without the necessity of additional certifications or education.
Depending on the difficulty of the restorative procedure your general dentist may or may not feel comfortable performing the procedure. The dental specialty of prosthodontic dentistry, which includes veneers, fillings, bridges, crowns and partial as well as full dentures, covers many restorative dental procedures.
Regardless of whether your dentist uses the term “prosthodontic dentistry” or “restorative dentistry,” the goal is the same: to preserve the natural teeth as much as possible. If you have lost a tooth, regardless of how, your dentist will need to replace the tooth with a bridge, implant, full or partial denture in order to promote adequate oral health. A tooth that is lost and not replaced can lead to an array of dental problems ranging from shifting to bone loss. It is important to fill in empty spots in the mouth because gaps and other odd-shaped spots leave the teeth vulnerable to plaque-causing bacteria. In addition to leaving existing teeth vulnerable, missing teeth also leads to unnecessary stress on the remaining teeth because your mouth will no longer have as much surface area to chew with.
When you are determining whether or not to undergo restorative dental care there are a few things to consider. It is important to consider both the physical and the fiscal factors of your procedure. That is, both the health benefits and concerns as well as your budget. Most all dentists will make every possible attempt to restore the natural tooth before they resort to a prosthetic. Your dentist, as a last resort, will remove a damaged or otherwise distressed tooth, and replace the old tooth with a replacement. The replacement tooth may come in the form of a dental implant, a bridge or a full or partial denture.
Dental implants are the ideal restorative dental prosthesis, as they do not require the appliance to be removed. Dental implants are also the most natural looking and feeling dental replacement option available. However, not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants since the implant requires healthy gum tissue and bone in order to be secure. If you are not a good candidate for a dental implant, but require a replacement, you will have to settle with a bridge or denture.
You should take care to ensure that your restorative dental procedure is covered by your dental insurance. Keep in mind that currently most dental plans do not cover dental implants. Check with your medical insurance provider because some policies will cover dental implants depending on the medical need for a replacement. Talk with your Anchorage Dental Associate today to discuss what restorative dental care options are right for you.