Restorative dentistry refers to procedures that your dentist performs to keep your mouth healthy and efficient. These procedures contain putting in dental implants, dentures, fillings, and crowns. This type of dentistry does not involve specialization; it just refers to the preventative and curative steps that general practice dentists take to make sure that our mouths stay as healthy as probable. Restorative dentistry is first and foremost concerned with keeping the mouth functioning as best it can and, in the procedure of doing so, can expand the overall look of one’s smile.
Gum disease(or its proper term periodontitis/periodontal disease) is a series of disease that affects the tissues that surround and support the teeth. Periodontitis involves progressive and gradual loss of the alveolar bone (the bone which surrounds the teeth) and if left untreated, can lead to the loosening and subsequent loss of teeth.
The most common cause of periodontitis is due to over-accumulation of dental plaque, causing the body to retreat the tissues around the tooth. Think of it as your home team (i.e. your immune system) losing a battle against the bacteria and starting to retreat.
Fillings (or “restorations” as we like to call them) function to replace lost tooth structure. One of the most common reasons why you lose tooth structure is due to dental decay. Other reasons include trauma or broken tooth due to biting on hard food.