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Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dental care are dental services that treat dental disorders, decay, damaged, discolored, or missing teeth. The main aim of restorative dental care is to diagnose and treat dental issues in order to restore your teeth to their previous, healthy state. Because restorative dental care can be used to treat a number of dental issues, there are many different kinds of restorative dental procedures. Tyson Dental offers the following restorative dental services:

  • Fillings: removes the decay from your tooth and fills the remaining space with dental materials such as gold, porcelain, silver amalgam, or composite resin.
  • Crowns: a cap that fits over the top of your tooth that is used to restore broken teeth or to cover large cavities.Crowns are made in a dental lab and cemented onto the tooth.
  • Bridges: made to replace missing teeth, bridges have a crown on either side and an artificial tooth to fill in the space. The crowns on either side are cemented to your teeth.
  • Dental implant: artificial tooth roots that are placed in the jaw bone to replace missing teeth. A dental crown is often attached to the implant.  
  • Inlays & Onlays: specialized fillings that are intended for medium-sized cavities that are too large for a filling but not large enough for a crown. An inlay is applied to the grooves on the chewing surface of your teeth and an onlay is applied to one or more cusps, or points, of your tooth.
  • Dental bonding: uses dental materials, usually composite resin, to repair chips, breaks, or other structural problems on the surface of your teeth.
  • Dentures: a set of removable fake teeth used to replace missing teeth. Can be full or partial, depending on the needs of the patient. Dentures can also be fixed into the mouth through the used of dental implants.
  • Veneers: thin, porcelain shells that are adhered to the front surface of your teeth.

 

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Did You Know?

Restorative dental care is highly important to prevent losing your teeth. Besides being unsightly, missing teeth can make eating and speaking correctly difficult. In addition, missing teeth can change the overall alignment of your remaining teeth and cause major problems.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Am I a candidate for restorative dental services?

You may be a candidate for restorative dental services if your teeth are decayed, damaged, discolored, or missing. You may also be a candidate for restorative dental services if you have toothaches, bleeding while flossing, or general inflammation in your mouth. To find out if you need restorative dental care, schedule a consultation with Dr. Tyson of Tyson Dental today!

 

Which restorative dental service do I need?

The type of restorative dental services needed will depend upon the dental disorder present. To make sure you are getting the correct restorative treatment, Dr. Tyson will perform an oral examination, dental x-rays, and will ask you questions about your dental health. Only after this will a diagnosis be made and a restorative treatment will be recommended.

Most restorative dental treatments deal with treating tooth decay. One of the most common type of restorative treatments are dental fillings. Dental fillings are used to restore areas of decay on the surface of your tooth. Inlays or Onlays, which are large fillings, are another common restorative treatment. In cases of teeth with large amounts of decay, a dental crown, or cap, may be recommended.

There are also direct and indirect types of dental restorations. Direct restorations refer treatments that can be completed entirely in the mouth. Because of this, many direct restorations can be placed immediately within a single office visit. Examples of direct restorations include fillings and dental bonding. Indirect restorations, on the other hand, refer to restorations that must be fabricated outside of the mouth. This usually means that they will require more than one appointment and can be more expensive. Examples of indirect restorations include: veneers, crowns, bridges, implants, inlays, and onlays.

 

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What can I expect when receiving restorative dental services from Tyson Dental?

When receiving restorative dental services from Tyson Dental, you will first undergo an oral exam and discussion of your dental health and concerns. Once a diagnosis is made, a restorative treatment will be suggested. Depending on the type of treatment, it may be completed within the same appointment. This is generally the case with direct restorations, such as fillings or dental bonding. However, if you require an indirect restoration, you will likely need two or more appointments. Generally, a dental impression will be taken at your initial appointment and sent to a dental lab to fabricate your restoration. Once the restoration is complete, you will return to the office and the restoration will be placed and properly fitted. During some restorative treatments, you may be given dental anesthetics or sedation to keep you calm and comfortable.

 

What can I expect after receiving restorative dental care from Tyson Dental?

Depending on the nature of your restorative treatment, you may be given special instructions to follow afterwards. Generally, these instructions deal with temporary diet restrictions, modified dental routine, possibly taking medications, and keeping the treatment area clean. Any special post-treatment care will be discussed with you prior to your restorative treatment. It is important to follow all post-treatment instructions for the best results.

In addition to any special instructions, you will also want to maintain a good dental routine. Your ideal dental routine should consist of brushing twice daily for two minutes with a fluoridated toothpaste, flossing once a day, and visiting Tyson Dental every six months for your dental checkup and professional teeth cleaning.

 

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How much does restorative dental care cost?

The cost of your restorative dental care will depend on the type and extent of treatment. Some restorative dental treatments are more affordable than others. For example, direct restorations are generally more affordable than indirect restorations. However if you have dental insurance, many dental insurance companies offer partial coverage to help pay for restorative dental services. The amount of coverage can vary among insurance companies though, so our billing department will help you contact your insurance company to determine your level of coverage.

 

 

 

 

 

For quality restorative dental treatments, schedule a consultation with Dr. Chase Tyson of Tyson Dental today! We are proud to serve residents of Huntsville and the surrounding communities.

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