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How to Know You Need Restorative Dentistry

August 20, 2022 12:36 am

While you can prevent many dental issues with daily oral hygiene at home, mouthguards and nightguards, and preventive care at the dentist like professional cleanings, sometimes problems still occur! A dentist uses restorative dentistry to fix and restore teeth that are damaged or diseased. Here are several situations that can be fixed with restorative dentistry:

  1. Tooth pain
  2. Toothaches are a clear sign that something is wrong. It could mean an untreated cavity, crack, or infection. Whether you’re having pain that comes and goes or a persistent throbbing toothache, you should contact a dentist for an emergency appointment.

    Sensitive teeth can be accompanied by swollen, tender gums that are prone to bleeding. Irritated gums indicate the beginnings of gum disease. Early gum disease can usually be treated at home. You’ll need to improve your oral hygiene by brushing twice a day for two minutes each time using a soft-bristled toothbrush and flossing every day. Additionally, consume a balanced diet, drink plenty of water, and avoid tobacco products and sugary gum. More advanced gum disease will require periodontal therapy at the dentist.

  3. Cracked teeth
  4. Fractured teeth need to be addressed very soon or the damage will get worse. This is because bacteria can access the inner part of your tooth called the pulp. The pulp is a bundle of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue vulnerable to infection if exposed to bacteria. A simple crack can usually be fixed with a filling or a crown. If your tooth becomes infected, you’ll need antibiotics and root canal therapy.

  5. Worn-down teeth
  6. A diet high in sugary and acidic food and drinks can wear down your enamel, leaving your teeth more sensitive and vulnerable to decay. Teeth grinding (also known as bruxism) can wear down your teeth too. Restorative treatments like crowns and veneers can repair worn-down teeth.

  7. Missing teeth
  8. While gum disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss in adults, severe tooth decay and dental trauma can lead to tooth loss too. Thankfully, restorative dentistry services like dental implants, bridges, and dentures can restore your smile’s appearance and chewing function.

Restorative dentistry in Jonesboro, AR

Dickson Family Dental offers a variety of restorative services, including tooth-colored fillings, root canals, crowns, bridges, dentures, implants, and more. Whether you need a small chip repaired or an entire row of teeth replaced, our team can help! Please contact us with any questions or to schedule an appointment at our office.

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