Restorative dentistry simply is the restoration of what has been lost in the mouth due to dental disease or injury. It can include the replacement of teeth with implants, fixed bridges, bonded bridges, or removable partial dentures.
In the case when all the teeth have been lost, restorative dentistry can include either full dentures or a combination of full dentures and many implants or just implants alone, if adequate bone is remaining.
Restorative and general dentistry are concerned with the following:
Dental implants, crowns and bridges: Implants can replace missing teeth, while crowns can help teeth that are severely damaged or decayed. Bridges bridge the gap between missing teeth and stabilize the entire mouth.
Dentures: Different options are available here, replacing either one, several or all missing teeth.
Root canals: This therapy helps repair the diseased pulp in the mouth which can lead to tooth loss.
Gum disease: Surgical and non-surgical therapy can help diseased or receding gums to make your smile look better and/or prevent tooth loss.
TMJ disorders: These unpleasant jaw disorders can have far-reaching effects if left untreated.
Full mouth reconstruction: For patients with severe dental problems.
Restorative dentistry really is what a dentist does. It is the replacement of either lost or damaged teeth, or the repair of damaged teeth. And that also includes filings, root canal therapy, crowns, veneers. Anything that a dentist does in the mouth is considered to fall under this heading, restoring the dentitician for the surrounding structures.
The information in the article is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your healthcare provider. We encourage you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care with an appropriate healthcare provider.