A Quick Guide to Restorative Dentistry

Chances are you already take care of your teeth via preventative dentistry services. You brush and floss them daily and go to the dentist for regular checkups and cleaning. Sometimes, though, even the best dental care does not prevent you from requiring more detailed procedures. Whether because of genetics or unexpected injuries, you may find yourself in need of restorative dentistry.

What Is Restorative Dentistry?

Restorative dentistry is the name for a group of procedures that a dentist can perform when something goes wrong with a patient’s teeth. This type of dentistry is optimal when a tooth develops a cavity, if an injury causes loose or missing teeth, or if someone is suffering from gum disease.

Types of Restorative Treatments

The type of restorative dentistry procedure you require will depend on your unique situation. If you have an infected tooth that does not require extraction, our dentist, Dr. Ramon A. Duran, DMD, provides root canal treatments. This removes the infection and allows your tooth to heal naturally. Unfortunately, an infection can become so bad that the tooth requires a filling or complete removal. Several other options are available in this situation.

  • Fillings: If your tooth has already started to decay, a filling may be the right treatment. First, we remove the dying tissue from your tooth. Next, we fill it with a composite that matches the color of the rest of the tooth.
  • Crowns: Crowns are useful for repairing the structure and function of a tooth that has chips. They also restore beauty to stained teeth.
  • Dentures: If you have one or multiple missing teeth, partial or full dentures may be the right treatment. Available as a removable piece or as permanent implants, this restorative process restores function and prevents further bone loss.

Are you interested in determining if your teeth qualify for restorative dentistry procedures? Contact our team at Duran & Martinez Cosmetic and Reconstructive Dentistry located in San Juan, PR for a full consultation!