Carolina Dental Arts provides restorative dentistry services for patients of all ages in the heart of North Carolina. When you experience tooth decay, a broken tooth, chipped teeth or tooth loss, our dental experts help you regain your attractive smile. At a glance, the services we provide at our three Raleigh and Goldsboro locations include:
- Dental and mini dental implants
- Inlay and onlay restorations
- Tooth-colored composite fillings
- Dental crowns (caps)
- Dentures and partial dentures
- Fixed dental bridges
- Root canal therapy
Dental patients today enjoy the benefits of fluoride, patient education and improved dental procedures, especially when it comes to the significant reduction in tooth decay. But you can still experience dental disease, infections and other serious oral health problems. Thanks to restorative dentists at Carolina Dental Arts, your smile recovers beautifully from common dental problems.
We stand behind our commitment to a high standard of excellence, state-of-the-art technologies, the latest techniques and our passion for patient care. Together with your good at-home oral hygiene, these attributes mean you can maintain a healthy and bright natural smile for your lifetime. We restore your smile’s appearance when problems occur, using advanced skill to return your damaged teeth to optimum shape, functioning and appearance.
Why Does Someone Need Restorative Dental Care?
Patients need restorative dentistry for multiple reasons. These reasons include:
- Preventing tooth loss
- Enhancing your smile
- Relieving dental pain
- Strengthening cracked or weakened teeth
- Repairing damaged or decayed teeth
- Missing tooth replacement
- Metal filling replacement
- Replacing aging or unsightly dental treatments
- Improving an improper bite
- Restoring healthy eating and chewing capability
What Is Restorative Dentistry?
At Carolina Dental Arts in Raleigh and Goldsboro, NC, restorative dentistry is just one of multiple types of dental care provided by our caring team. We also provide general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and orthodontic care. Together, these types of dentistry provide a well-rounded approach to your overall oral health. They also help you improve your physical wellness, as some oral health problems can lead to physical disease.
Restorative dental care manages oral health problems by restoring the state of your mouth or individual teeth to its best health and appearance. Although the American Dental Association (ADA) does not consider this type of dental care as its own specialty, being a good restorative dentist requires ongoing education, training, skill and experience.
Restorations performed at Carolina Dental Arts repair or replace individual teeth after trauma or decay. If you suffer multiple lost teeth, restorative options include dental implants, bridges, full dentures and partial dentures.
Regardless of the type of restoration you need, receiving this care promotes your best dental health. Filling gaps between your teeth aids in cavity prevention. Replacing missing teeth takes excess stress off of remaining natural teeth and provides an optimum chewing surface.
Types Of Tooth Restorations
When planning your restorative treatment, your dentist at Carolina Dental Arts considers your health, appearance, individual treatment goals and budget. This consideration starts with doing all we can to preserve your natural teeth, when possible. Saving a tooth means using treatments like fillings, crowns and root canal therapy. When you need extractions or have already lost teeth, we discuss options for completing your smile with you, before providing treatment.
Two types of restorations exist in dentistry today, direct and indirect. These methods repair decayed, damaged, discolored, worn or missing teeth.
Direct restorations include repairing the prepared tooth cavity left after removal of decayed tissue. Usually only requiring one dental office visit, these repairs are made using metal amalgam, gold, composite resin, glass or porcelain. Each type of material has its benefits and drawbacks. For example, glass works well when applied near the root or other parts of the tooth not used for chewing.
Indirect restorations include custom-made tooth covers or replacements. Good examples of these include crowns, inlays and onlays. These usually require multiple office visits because an off-site dental lab must craft the restorations. They are made from porcelain, composite resin or gold.
Are Restorations Ever Optional?
Dental restorations and cosmetic dentistry lines sometimes cross. For example, when your dentist fills a tooth using composite resin, the tooth-colored composite provides a natural-looking and long-lasting appearance. Dentists also often use composite resin to resurface damaged or discolored teeth for a brighter smile.
Taking Care Of Your Restorations
When you receive restorative dental treatment, you must take care of your restorations in the same manner as you care for your natural teeth. This care includes twice-daily tooth brushing, daily flossing and regular visits to your dentist for exams and professional cleanings. Sometimes restorations cause slight sensitivity or pain after placement. This goes away over time, but possibly requires some special care for the interim.
You should never neglect your daily oral hygiene, even with restorations. All of your teeth are still vulnerable to tooth decay and other oral disease. Your gums can also experience problems associated with gum disease, caused by poor oral hygiene and neglected dental visits.
Today’s restorations last many years before needing replacement. But chewing and other oral habits can break, damage or wear down these surfaces. This is particularly true if you grind or clench your teeth.
If you notice your restorations showing signs of wear, cracks or discoloration, you need to see your dentist immediately. Otherwise, you can cause further damage to the underlying tooth. Putting off restorations or repairs to these treated teeth costs much more than getting the care you need, right away.
Schedule Your Restorative Dentistry Appointment In Raleigh or Goldsboro, NC Today
Whether you know you need treatment for a damaged tooth or simply need to catch up on your oral health care, schedule your visit with Carolina Dental Arts today. With three offices to serve you and your family, we offer convenient scheduling to quickly get you back into your regular daily routine after treatment. Our office locations include two in Raleigh on Glenwood and New Bern Avenues and one in Goldsboro on Graves Drive.
We see patients of all ages at Carolina Dental Arts. We thoroughly explain all available treatment options and provide you with affordable pricing. Call us today to ensure your healthiest and most naturally attractive smile for your lifetime.