Restorative dental care is the term dental professionals use to explain how they replace missing or damaged teeth. Fillings, crowns, bridges, and dentures are all examples of restorative dental procedures that stop decay and improve a person’s appearance and oral health.
If you have discolored, misshapen or fractured teeth then restorative dentistry is for you. Restorative dentistry will restore your health and the beauty of your smile. It is a broad category of dentistry to correct your decayed, damaged, misshapen, or misaligned teeth.
At present, thanks to the advanced technological inventions in dentistry, restorative dentistry has undergone revolutionary changes. The two broad categories of restorative dentistry are direct restoration and indirect restoration. Direct restoration helps to place restorative materials directly in the tooth whereas the materials of the indirect restoration are prepared in a dental laboratory before placing it in the patient’s mouth.
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Usually, a filling will last anywhere from 1-5 years, although this depends on the location of the filling, the size, and very importantly your dental hygiene.
During filling procedures, dentists clean away the decay inside the cavity, usually with a drill, before filling it in. Removing the decay prevents further damage, but it does not fix the damage to the tooth that already occurred. That is where fillings come in. Most dentists make today’s fillings from composite resin.
During a filling, you are unlikely to feel a thing. A filling does not happen in areas of the tooth where there are nerves, so you should not feel any more pain from the procedure than you would feel from cutting your hair. No nerves = no pain.
Fillings, while more expensive than basic dental check-ups, both fix cavities and protect your mouth’s future health. Most filling treatments hold stable prices in the following ranges: $50 to $150 for a single, silver amalgam filling. $90 to $250 for a single, tooth-colored composite filling, however, it depends on the tooth and the size of the fillings.
The deeper the cavity, the more inflammation, and sensitivity can be expected after the placement of a new filling. A patient can experience dental discomfort as a result which can last for a few days or even weeks. Most teeth do recover from this type of dental discomfort with time.