Things to Consider When Choosing Restorative Dentistry

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
March 23, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Knowing what you want to change about your smile will help you decide which cosmetic procedure is right for you.

What is restorative dentistry?

Restorative dentistry focuses on different treatments and procedures to improve the overall health and appearance of your smile. There are a variety of different types of restorative dentistry available in Pittsburgh, and the best treatment option for you will depend on your treatment goals and the health of your smile now. Restorative dentistry ranges from minor, non-invasive procedures that offer subtle adjustments to full makeovers for those with severe dental issues.

What should you consider before opting for restorative dentistry?

There is a lot that you need to consider before getting restorative dentistry in Pittsburgh. Ask yourself these questions:

  • What are the issues I have with my smile?
  • What smile problems do I want to fix?
  • How much time and money do I want to put into my treatment?
  • Will my insurance company cover my restorative dentistry?
  • Am I looking for minor corrections or a serious transformation?

The most common dental issues people want to fix include:

  • Stains and discolorations
  • Chips and cracks
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crooked or misshapen teeth
  • Crowding and overlapping teeth
  • Missing teeth

Most external dental stains can be removed with professional teeth whitening; however, for those with stains caused by internal trauma or antibiotic use, our teeth whitening system will not be effective. In this case, we will recommend dental veneers to hide these problem areas.

If you have very small chips or cracks, dental bonding is a non-invasive and painless way to hide these tiny imperfections. If you are dealing with more noticeable damage, then dental veneers will be recommended.

For those with spaces between teeth, overcrowding or crooked teeth, dental veneers are also a great way to hide these problems and produce a straighter looking smile. This cosmetic procedure is also a great option for someone who wants straighter teeth but doesn’t want to wear braces.

Those with missing permanent teeth have a variety of options, from dentures and bridges to dental implants. Those missing a few teeth may opt for partial dentures, dental bridges or even dental implant-supported dentures or bridges. Dental implants are also a great way to replace one missing tooth. For those missing all of their teeth, full dentures or implant-supported full dentures are also great options. What tooth loss replacement you opt for will depend on your overall health and lifestyle.

If you want to improve the look and health of your smile, then it’s time to discuss your restorative dentistry options in Pittsburgh. Call our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Gary W. Machiko today.