Preventative dentistry is the process or trying to stop the development of any dental concerns by effective cleaning and watchful treatment. For the most part it is very effective at preserving dental health but in some cases there is just no amount of prevention that can stop a dental issue, such as tooth decay or enamel erosion. In these cases dentists need to use a series of treatments that could be grouped together under the name ‘restorative dentistry’.
For example, if you have suffered a cracked tooth or decay, your City of London dentist may decide that in order to protect the tooth you need to have a dental crown. This involves having an artificial tooth cap fitted that covers the part of the tooth that protrudes above the gum line. Crowns are usually made from either ceramic or metal, or a combination of both, and aim to strengthen the tooth and prevent any further damage being caused. In this way not only has the tooth been protected but also its appearance and functionality restored.
Other dental restorations include porcelain veneers, inlays and artificial teeth. Teeth can be lost for a number of reasons but it is never a very attractive look. Missing teeth can also cause several physiological problems and accelerate decay in other areas. By using a restoration such as a dental implant or dental bridge, the dentist can restore the appearance of a full and healthy dental arc.
Restorative dentistry is therefore part functional and part cosmetic. Dental technology is constantly improving providing the dentists with new and more efficient tools that is making restorative treatment both more accurate and more effective.