Restorative dentistry is a dental procedure that repairs or replaces a tooth, or teeth.  This includes fillings, root canals, and dental implants.  Restorative dentistry helps to restore the function and appearance of teeth.  It can give you the confidence you need and your perfect smile back. 

Types of Restorative Dentistry:

  • Filling.  This is the most common restorative dental procedure used.  The dentist removes the damaged part of the tooth and fills the hole with composite material that matches your tooth’s color.  
  • Root canal.  This procedure is required when the inside tooth is infected.  The dentist cleans out the tooth and root canal, and fills it with composite material like what is used for a cavity.
  • Crown.  When a tooth is damaged in some way, it can be supported with a crown, also called a cap.  The dentist will shave down the tooth to attach the crown on top.
  • Implants.  This is an artificial tooth and root system made of titanium that replaces a missing or extracted tooth.  They also can function as anchors for bridges and dentures. 
  • Dentures.  These are an entire arch of teeth that can be held in place with adhesive or suction.  Implant supported dentures or snap-on dentures are held in place by dental implants.
  • Bonding.  This process forms and bonds composite material to create the missing pat of a chipped or broken tooth.

If you require restorative dentistry, your dentist will provide a treatment that is customized for you.  Your restoration will be created based on your specific measurements, needs, and goals.  Anyone who has teeth needing to be repaired or removed is a candidate for restorative dentistry.  If this is you, it is crucial to discuss your options with your dentist so that you understand how extensive the work may be.  

Benefits of restorative dentistry:

  • Eliminates pain of a cavity or an infected tooth needing a root canal.
  • Restores functionality of your teeth so you can eat and talk with ease.
  • Improves the appearance of your teeth.
  • Preserves the jawbone density by an implant.
  • Prevent further dental issues by detecting and dealing with problems as soon as they arise.

After you have restorative dental work done, you will need to eat soft foods and foods that are cold to help the cement bond.  But if you can handle the heat, try warm soup.  Proper oral care should be continued as usual which your dentist might instruct you to floss in one direction to make sure you do not shift or remove a temporary restoration.  Taking care of your teeth is important to good oral health before and after any dental procedure.  

Tips for taking care of your restorative dental work:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day.
  • Floss daily.
  • Consider an electric toothbrush to remove plaque.
  • Try not to chew on hard or sticky foods.
  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash to fight plaque.
  • Schedule regular dental cleanings and check-ups.

Restorative dentistry improves the health and overall appearance of your teeth.  Saving your teeth when possible and replacing them when necessary is critical for restorative dentistry.  If your teeth have decayed, cracked, fractured, chipped, or some are missing, you are a candidate for restorative dental work. Call Guilliot Dental today at 337-237-1843 to schedule an appointment to be assessed and formulate a plan. Their well-trained, friendly staff will put you at ease and make you feel comfortable through the whole process. To learn more about the services they provide, visit the website  Your oral health and improving your smile is their top priority.