We ask a lot of our teeth over our lifetime. We subject them to a variety of foods; endure habits such as grinding/clenching of teeth or chewing ice; and the constant interaction of sugar and dental plaque which leads to dental decay – the leading cause of tooth damage and the most common disease known to humans.
Restorative Dentistry is indicated when teeth must be rebuilt to their original structure by the use of direct and indirect restorative materials. Specific conditions that determine the need for restorative dentistry include:
- Initial or recurring decay (cavities)
- Replacement of failed restorations (old, leaking fillings)
- Abrasion or wearing away of tooth structure (teeth grinding, clenching)
- Erosion of tooth structure (acid from reflux disease; citrus fruits; soda)
- Unsupported or weak tooth structure (fillings that are too large)
- Fractures (cracked or broken teeth or fillings)
What is the Definition of Restorative Care?
Restorative Dentistry is the study, diagnosis and integrated management of diseases of the teeth and their supporting structures and the rehabilitation of the dentition to functional and aesthetic requirements of the individual. What does that mean? Like the restoration of an older car or a building, restorations of your teeth are required when teeth have broken down or worn down and are at risk of being non-repairable.
Do you need Restorative Care?
The primary purpose of teeth is to tear and crush food, so that when mixed with enzymes in the mouth, the digestive process can begin. Eating the foods you want your whole life depends on the health of your teeth. Lack of enough healthy teeth to chew with can lead to digestive problems and health changes due to lack of proper nutrition. Remember, 29% of people with dentures eat only soft foods. So we restore our broken/decayed/worn out teeth so they are healthy enough to eat and chew our food.