Restorative dentistry is just what it sounds like – dental procedures that restore your mouth to good working order. In short, restorative dentistry is what you usually see your dentist for – fillings, root canals and extractions. Every time you see your dentist for one of these procedures, you are enjoying the benefits of restorative dentistry. Virtually everyone, even if they are totally vigilant about visiting the dentist office twice annually for checkups and cleanings, will need a restorative dentistry procedure at some point in their life.
Why You Need Restorative Dentistry
There are a good many benefits of restorative dentistry. Obviously, restorative dentistry is essential if your teeth are decayed. Some procedures can also improve your appearance (dental crowns and bonding, for example), but the main purpose is to ensure your dental health. One of the most often overlooked benefits of restorative dentistry is to your general health as well – tooth decay can also lead to heart and kidney problems, so it is not something that you want to leave untreated.
Another problem with tooth decay is that once it starts in a tooth, it can move quickly to adjacent teeth. To fully enjoy the benefits of restorative dentistry, and keep your costs to a minimum, you should have tooth decay treated as soon as it is identified.
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Modern Restorative Dentistry
Your grandparents could tell you about the days when you had three choices when it came to treating tooth decay – you could have an unsightly metal filling installed, you could have the tooth taken out, or you could live with it in the short term and still end up needing a filling or extraction later on. Today, one of the biggest benefits of restorative dentistry is that you have so many more options. You can have a tooth-colored filling instead of a metal one, and you can protect your teeth with natural-looking crowns, or with inlays and onlays. It’s not your grandparents’ dentistry any longer.
If you have damaged teeth, tooth decay or gum disease, we can help at L’Enfant Plaza Dental Arts. You can enjoy all the benefits of restorative dentistry by booking an appointment. Call us at 202-488-8300, or use the convenient form on our Contact Us page to request an appointment. We are located at 490 L’Enfant Plaza SW #8210, Washington DC 2004, and we can ease your dental discomfort. To learn more, read our restorative dentistry overview.