Restorative Dentistry in Stone Ridge, VA
Restorative dentistry is a field of dentistry focused on repairing damaged and replacing missing teeth. The primary purpose of restorative dentistry is to improve oral health and function. While some restorative procedures also improve appearance, this is not the same thing as cosmetic dentistry. Here is what you need to know about restorative dentistry at Prime Family Dentistry in Stone Ridge, VA.
Restorative Dental Procedures
We offer several restorative dental procedures, such as:
Composite Dental Fillings
When bacteria creates a hole in your tooth enamel, it is known as a cavity. The tooth can be restored with a composite dental filling. During this procedure, the decay will be removed and the hole will be filled with a tooth-colored composite resin. This will stop the progression of tooth decay and reduce the risk of additional damage.
If a tooth has a large cavity or is badly cracked/broken, a filling will not work. Therefore, a dental crown is needed. This restoration fits over the entire tooth. In order to place the crown, some of the enamel will need to be removed.
Dental Implant Restorations
A dental implant restores the look, feel, and functionality of missing teeth. This restoration consists of 3 parts:
Implant, which is a tiny screw that is inserted into the jawbone
Abutment, which is the piece that connects the implant to the artificial tooth/teeth
Crown, which sits on top of the gumline, replacing the missing tooth/teeth
Dental implants can be used to restore a single missing tooth or an entire arch.
Dental Inlays and Onlays
In some cases, tooth decay is too large for a filling but not large enough to need a dental crown. In this case, an inlay or onlay will be used. This restoration fits into the natural tooth like a puzzle piece. These two are similar, except an inlay fits between the cusps of your teeth, while an onlay covers at least one.
A dental bridge is typically used to replace several missing teeth in a row. This restoration is made up of dental crowns on either side with one or more artificial teeth in between. The crowns can be placed over the natural teeth on either side of the gap or can be attached to dental implants.
Dentures can also be used to replace missing teeth. At Prime Family Dentistry, we offer both partial and full dentures. Partial dentures replace several missing teeth and full dentures replace an entire arch. Traditional dentures sit on top of your gums, supported by the jawbone. You may also choose implant dentures, which provide the affordability of traditional dentures with the stability of implants.
Who Needs Restorative Dentistry Treatment?
Restores oral health
Eliminates oral pain
Improves appearance of smile
Reduces risk of dental problems
Improves chewing and speaking abilities
However, it is important to note that there are a few risks associated with restorative dentistry as well. These are rare, but include:
Sensitivity/discomfort following procedures
Allergic reaction to metals used in restorations
Does Dental Insurance Cover Restorative Procedures?
Some dental insurance providers will cover restorative dental procedures. The best way to find out is to contact your insurance provider. Our office staff will do that for you. If yours does not cover or if you do not have coverage at all, we will be happy to explain our financing options.
Schedule Your Restorative Dentistry Consultation Today
If you have questions and/or concerns about restorative dental procedures at Prime Family Dentistry, we will be happy to address those. Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions:
Restorative Dentistry FAQs
The team at Prime Family Dentistry understands that you may have questions or concerns about your treatment. We are here to address those at any time. Below are answers to some of the most common questions asked by patients:
Is restorative dentistry expensive?
Yes, restorative dentistry can be expensive compared to other treatment options. However, many patients believe the cost is worth it because it restores the functionality of their teeth.
How much does restorative dentistry cost?
The cost depends on the particular procedure being used. For example, a composite dental filling may only cost a few hundred dollars while a single-dental implant may cost up to $5,000+. Implant-supported dental bridges and dentures cost even more. Some dental insurance providers will cover treatment, while others will not. We do offer financing options for patients who qualify.
What is the difference between general and restorative dentistry?
General dentistry focuses on the maintenance and care of your teeth. Restorative dentistry focuses on restoring the appearance and functionality of your teeth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants offer a variety of benefits such as:
- Look, feel, and function like natural teeth
- Improved oral health
- Ease of maintenance