When it comes to the health industry, dentistry is usually the last arena we think of. Dentists are simply a bad dream from childhood, not a necessary service. It’s a bad idea to hold that view, though, and nowhere does that become more apparent than in the arena of dental restoration.
Dental restoration explained
Dental restoration, in strict dentistry terms, is restoring the function of a tooth by repairing or replacing missing and damaged tooth structure. In practical terms, it goes way beyond that. It’s the difference between being able to smile freely at the antics of friends and family, or hiding our smiles away embarrassed. It’s the difference between constant nagging pain from our teeth and jaws, and living a carefree life. In short, it matters. Here’s everything you need to know about dentistry for health, and dental restoration.
Direct dental restoration takes place within the mouth, and refers to any technique where the restoration can be done in the patient’s mouth directly. Think of the dentistry classic- fillings. While mercury amalgam [also called silver amalgam] is falling out of favor with the public, it has long been a dentistry favorite because of its low cost, strength and durability. It can also eventually crack out the mouth due to expansion and contraction of the filling. Composite fillings, on the other hand, are the same color as the tooth. While they lack the durability of amalgam, this resin/plastic mix is less controversial [although more expensive] and will need to be replaced every 5 years.
Stainless steel crowns also fall into the direct restoration category, although the more common crown is a prime example of indirect restoration. Indirect restoration is more involved, but often delivers a better and cleaner look to your mouth- sometimes indistinguishable from your natural teeth. For a more permanent solution to your dental woes, indirect restoration is typically the way to go.
Any dental restoration which has to be partly made outside the mouth counts as an indirect restoration.Typically, these devices are custom made to accommodate your jaw and teeth, and usually will be built on the result of a scan or x-ray of the mouth to ensure a perfect fit. Think of things like your classic crown, or the larger bridge… they make literal replacement teeth to fill in the gaps in your perfect smile. A range of materials are used, from gold and porcelain right through to zirconia. More modern examples of indirect restoration- at the cutting edge of dentistry- is the implant. Custom made to fit your mouth, and ‘screwed’ into the jaw, these act as a semi-permanent restorative procedure that, with the right care, will leave your smile looking radiant [and no one the wiser as to the work done].
Whatever style of dental restoration is suitable for your needs, your dentist will help you find the perfect solution. You’ll soon be dazzling everyone with your gorgeous smile, and need never fear flashing your pearly whites in public ever again.