When Should You Consider Restorative or Cosmetic Dentistry?

Your teeth serve a significant function in your body, like chewing food and speaking properly. However, sometimes you might have a tooth infection or gum disease that might lead to tooth loss affecting your chewing and speaking capabilities. In such instances, you should seek restorative or cosmetic dentistry at New York Dentistry on Park to improve your oral health.

Restorative dentistry focuses on essential dental concerns that affect your oral health while cosmetic dentistry focuses on the appearance of your smile.

Conditions that restorative dentistry can address

Restorative dentistry can address the following dental concerns.

Teeth cavities

Teeth infections and cavities cause significant concern to your oral and overall health. If you have a tooth cavity, you will experience pain affecting your ability to chew food. In severe cases of tooth infection, you can have an abscess, or the bacteria can travel to other parts of your body and make you sick.

Missing teeth

You might have challenges when speaking and eating if you have missing teeth. On the other hand, your cheeks might sink in to fill the space if you are missing multiple teeth. The gaps in your teeth can allow bacteria growth, affecting your overall health. If you have teeth gaps for a long time, your jawbone and gums might deteriorate due to disuse and lack of stimulation.  

What are the available restorative treatments?

Tooth infections require improved dental hygiene habits, root canals or fillings, crowns, and dental bridges. It is also important to limit or eliminate sugary or acidic foods. Your dentist will determine the damage extent during the evaluation before offering the next treatment step.

Conditions that cosmetic dentistry can address

The following are common conditions that cosmetic dentistry can address.

Discolored teeth

You might have stained or discolored teeth because of the foods and drinks that you consume. Since stained teeth do not affect your oral health, they might affect your appearance and self-esteem. If your teeth are stained, you might shy away from social gatherings.

Your dentist can recommend teeth whitening appointments to make your smile whiter and brighter. While there are at-home kits you can use, it is best to visit your doctor’s office for professional teeth whitening and avoid complications with at-home kits.

Misaligned or crooked teeth

You might be overly aware of your smile and its appearance if you don’t have a straight smile. You can seek treatments like Invisalign aligners to straighten your smile without making the procedure obvious. The treatment uses transparent or clear aligners to apply firm pressure on your teeth and straighten them with time.

Your doctor can recommend porcelain veneers for crooked teeth. During the treatment, your dentist will prepare your teeth by cleaning and polishing them before placing the veneers. Since they use dental cement for bonding, your dentist will etch your teeth so the veneer can attach better.

If you have dental concerns, whether functional or cosmetic, visit Dentistry on Park for treatment. The available dentists and staff will provide cosmetic or restorative dentistry treatments, depending on your condition, symptoms, and goals. Call or schedule your appointment online to improve your oral health and smile appearance.