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Restorative dentistry focuses on oral health and functionality. Restorative specialists like the experienced Chicago dentists of Contos Smile Center use advanced techniques to keep teeth and gums healthy, roots firmly anchored in the bone, and bites in perfect alignment. The range of restorative procedures includes fillings and root canals for decaying teeth; implants, dentures and bridges for missing teeth; crowns and veneers to fortify cracked or chipped teeth; and deep scaling and root planing to shrink gum pockets and reverse periodontal disease.
When Dental Restoration Is Needed
You’re a candidate for restorative dentistry whenever a tooth or its underlying structure develops a complication that puts your oral health at risk. A cracked tooth, for example, can split if left untreated, exposing the nerve and necessitating extraction. At early stages, a crown can be applied to stabilize the tooth and prevent further cracking. When the cracks have reached the nerve or down past the root, your dentist will need to perform a root canal or extraction.
Fractures or decay can also lead to an even more painful condition known as an abscess. As the nerve begins to die in the tooth, an infection develops that builds pressure in the tooth and magnifies pain. In such cases, the experienced restorative dentists of Contos Smile Center in Chicago will recommend a root canal to remove the nerve. It will be replaced with a filler material, and the tooth itself will be covered securely with a crown. The procedure not only restores the health of the tooth, but also frees you from extremely intense pain.
Restorative dentistry effectively manages common dental problems, such as cavities or fixing chips and gaps. Cavities are filled with a composite or other material; more extensive areas of decay may require inlays and onlays, which are created by outside labs and applied to the top of the tooth (or teeth) by your dentist. Gaps, chips and small cracks can be remedied with dental bonding, the application of inconspicuous filling material to the surface of the tooth.
Sometimes a patient’s oral health deteriorates to such an extent that a comprehensive approach is needed to restore the function and appearance of teeth, reverse gum disease and even address issues involving the bone and jaw. Your skilled Chicago restorative dentist will lead the way in this restorative process, and may also need to call in assistance from a periodontist, oral surgeon, orthodontist or endodontist.
How Restorative Dentistry Can Treat Gum Disease
Restoring the health of your mouth also means improving the integrity and vitality of your gums. The condition of your gums has a great deal to do with how healthy your teeth will be, and how long you will have them. Excess plaque buildup under the gum line causes gingivitis. With this condition, gum pockets increase in volume, eventually separating the gum from the bone and creating a haven for bacteria. The bacteria, in turn, eat away at the root and the bone which secures it. At some point, you may lose the tooth as it becomes detached from your jaw.
Using effective scaling and root planing techniques, our Chicago restorative dentist Dr. Contos can reverse this process, by cleaning out the gum pockets and injecting an antibiotic solution to suppress future microbial growth. Severe cases of gum disease may also need grafts of bone or soft tissue to restore the bone and fortify the root.
For more information on restorative dentistry or to schedule an appointment in our Chicago office, call (773) 973-0531 or email Contos Smile Center today. We proudly serve Bucktown, Cicero, and Skokie, IL.
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