White teeth are nice, but they’re not everything. Healthy teeth and gums don’t hinge on how white your teeth are; any dentist will tell you so. But white teeth can be a sign of healthy teeth, and your journey for a lifetime of healthy teeth, hopefully pain-free, starts at home. If you live in Brooklyn, there are literally hundreds of dental offices to choose from. Do you go with one “near me” on a Google search or pick one based on reviews? However you pick your dentist, be sure they offer a few services that go beyond basic cleaning.
Cosmetic Dentistry vs. Restorative Dentistry
Understanding the different types of dentistry and their offerings is essential if you’re looking for a new dentist. What you need at the moment right now and what you may need down the road aren’t necessarily the same thing today, but they can all play a role at some point in your life. Let’s take a look at what the main differences are.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry has one main purpose: to ensure teeth look great in alignment, shape, and color. There are some tenants of this dentistry variety that you’re likely familiar with:
- Teeth Whitening & Cleaning
- Cavity Fillings & Bondings
- Crowns, inlays, and onlays
- Dental Implants & Bridges
- Orthodontics & Invisalign
- Dentures & Recontouring
What is Restorative Dentistry?
The main purpose of restorative dentistry is to fix the mouth, gums, and teeth after an injury, illness, or other form of dental disease that has damaged the different components of the teeth and gums. A few of the items here fall under cosmetic as well because they play a role in how the teeth and mouth look aesthetically or cosmetically. Here is a short list:
- Dental Implants
- Bridges & Crowns
- Porcelain Veneers & Replacement Teeth
- Gum Disease Treatment or Graphting
- Tooth Fillings
- Orthodontics (Braces, Invisalign, etc.)
- Dentures & False Teeth
- Laser Treatment Options
Let’s look at an example.
Patient “Sean” hasn’t gone to the dentist in a decade, and it’s finally beginning to affect his life. He had severe oral pain and a serious cavity left untreated until the tooth rotted to the root, chipped, and almost entirely fell out. Sean visited the dentist to review his options, and the dentist recommended some Restorative Dentistry options to get Sean back on track.
“Sean, ok, we’ve had a look at everything and your x-rays, and the badly damaged rotten tooth must come out. It has corroded beyond the point of saving and must come out with an extraction. After that, we’ll wait about three months to see how much of your jawbone has filled back in. If enough has filled in, we can talk about getting you a new and healthy tooth with dental implant surgery, where we install a permanent tooth in the place where the old one was. You’ll be able to chew normally and will have all of your teeth, so you won’t feel embarrassed about smiling in public anymore. How does that sound?”
We can see this is a case of restorative dentistry because the dentist is looking to restore the missing tooth. This is a very common procedure as we go through life. We use our teeth every single day, and it is common for people to lose them over time. A new replacement tooth in the form of a dental implant is a great way to fix your missing tooth and get that smile back on track.
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