Restorative Dentistry Overview
Restorative Dentistry: An Overview
Many of our patients at Rockville Dental Arts in Rockville, MD, know about general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry, but it can be surprising to learn that not as many are familiar with restorative dentistry. This is a crucial area of dentistry because restorative dentistry deals with treating a tooth that has suffered damage from disease, and restoring it to its fullest use. When Dr. Dennis Norkiewicz offers restoration dentistry, the patient will be able to speak, chew, and look like they did before they had any dental trouble.
Whether it is because of an injury or disease (such as periodontitis), our restorative dentistry services will bring the tooth (or teeth) back to their full function. We will do this through the use of fillings, root canals, dental implants, dentures, and bridges. As you can see from that short list, restorative dentistry covers a tremendous amount of dental care, and you will have to book a visit with our Rockville dentists to discuss your options for restorative dentistry treatment.
You may find that a tooth that is sore or irritated needs nothing more than a composite (tooth colored) filling to restore it to its original function. We opt for these white colored fillings in order to match them closely to your original tooth. If your tooth decay is extensive, and it requires too much of the tooth to be removed in order to effectively use a filling, we also offer porcelain crowns.
Dental Crowns are Superior
Some argue that crowns are a superior restoration because they encase the entire tooth, preventing any further damage or decay and preserving the roots. When the decay has gone into the pulp and nerve area of a tooth, your restorative dentistry options are narrowed to the root canal. This removes all of the affected material and fills it with a compound that preserves the tooth. All root canals will need to be topped with a porcelain crown because too much of that material has been removed to access the nerve.
If you discover that you need a tooth removed, or even several teeth, you can rely on dentures, dental implants, or bridges as a simple and easy answer. As a master restorative dentist, Dr. Norkiewicz is well versed in all aspects of restorative dentistry and will present all your options for treatment. Dentures are made as full or partials, and can replace all of the teeth of the upper or lower jaw (or both), while partials just close the gap between two teeth with several missing teeth between.
Naturally, there are many pros and cons to each of these solutions, and it is highly recommended that you get in touch with the doctors to have an exam and discuss all of your restoration dentistry options.
If you have questions about a restorative dentistry, give us a call at our Rockville, MD office at (301) 424-2030. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly. As always, new patient receive a free consultation and xray from one of our experienced dentists.