Lakewood area patients ask, what is restorative dentistry?
When patients are dealing with problems such as missing or broken teeth, they may benefit from restorative dentistry. What is restorative dentistry? It is the management of the teeth to keep them in a healthy state. This may include treatments such as fillings, dentures, implants, and bridges.
Fillings are used to repair a tooth after areas of tooth decay have occurred. These fillings are made of composite resin, which is much safer than traditional silver amalgam fillings that are used by many other dentists in the Lakewood area. Dr. Scott Stewart runs a mercury-safe and mercury-free practice and believes it is important to avoid the use of metal in the mouth. His holistic dental practice focuses on providing patients with the services necessary to maintain a beautiful, healthy smile, and avoids using materials in the mouth that are not biocompatible with the body.
Implants, bridges, and dentures are also methods of repairing the smile. They are used when tooth loss occurs, and all three of these options may be available to specific patients. Bridges use the surrounding teeth to support a false tooth, while dentures can replace one or more teeth within the dental arch. Conventional full dentures replace the entire arch and they may be used in conjunction with dental implants to provide ultimate stability.
Veneers are another consideration for patients who want to correct the appearance of their smile with restorative dentistry. Dr. Scott Stewart of South Lakewood Dental believes in providing his patients with many methods of covering imperfections. Veneers are porcelain shells bonded over the front of teeth to change the way they look and cover misalignment, breakage, and permanent staining of the enamel. Patients may also ask their dentist about an alternative known as dental bonding which can be used as a short-term solution to similar aesthetic concerns.
Restorative dentistry can bring the beauty and function back to the smile. Contact South Lakewood Dental if you are interested in learning more about how it can transform your smile!Back to Restorative Dentistry Page