What Is Restorative Dentistry?

Restorative dentistry is the replacement of teeth or tooth structure. This can involve dental crowns, dental bridges, fillings, dentures and dental implants.

When does a tooth need a filling?

A tooth may need a filling due to a cavity caused by decay. Other reasons may be that a tooth becomes chipped or cracked.

Are there different types of fillings?

There are 2 types of fillings; metal and tooth colored. Tooth colored fillings are preferred by many especially for teeth in the front of the mouth where metal fillings are seen as unsightly. Tooth colored fillings wear well and are bonded directly onto to tooth which requires less tooth preparation. Metal fillings are applied mechanically and require more aggressive preparation. Metal fillings are best for tooth locations that cannot easily be kept dry while placing the filling.

Do fillings ever need to be replaced?

Yes, teeth can develop dental cavities alongside an existing filling and need to be replaced. A tooth colored filling may need replacing after time if it becomes stained and no longer matches the surrounding tooth.

Should I whiten my teeth before I get a filling?

Yes, it is best to whiten your teeth before being receiving a tooth colored filling to achieve the best match of colors.

What is Endodontics, also known as Root Canal Procedure?

Endodontic treatment is a way to preserve the tooth in the mouth in a functional form so that it does not have to be extracted. When the tooth is abscessed the only two options that are available to the patient are either to have the tooth removed or to have a root canal procedure done on the tooth. The infected material is removed, usually the nerve along with that, and cleanup of the root canals. Then the canals are filled and sealed. This allows the tooth to remain functional in the mouth.

What role does an NTI Appliance play in TMJ / TMD therapy?

One of the easiest ways to treat TMJ/TMD is with splint therapy. There is a wide variety of kinds of splints, mouth guards and night guards. The NTI Appliance is a very simple appliance that just fits right on the edge of your front teeth. The difference between this little appliance and all the other appliances is that the NTI allows for no posterior contact. There is no ability of the back teeth to touch together and does not allow the masseter muscles and the temporalis muscles to allow teeth clenching.

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