The staff at Greensboro’s Friendly Dentistry use state-of-the-art technology to treat a wide variety of dental problems: from cavities to cracked or chipped teeth, abfractions, and other issues that affect the health and well being of your mouth. Friendly Dentistry prides itself on helping patients maintain good dental health for a lifetime. As one of the top dental offices in the Greensboro area, Friendly Dentistry’s staff works with the individual needs and budget of every patient to decide on the best treatment options for their current needs and future goals.
You’ve heard of cosmetic dentistry – the “bells and whistles” that give your smile a little something extra. But every mouth needs a good foundation first, and that’s where restorative dentistry comes into play. Before making your smile all it can be cosmetically, restorative dentistry focuses on restoring the condition of your teeth and gums by repairing damage, and the potential pain that comes with it, using procedures that are tailored to your specific needs.
Restorative dental procedures are the building blocks for fully-functioning, healthy teeth and gums. Our dentists restore damage from gum disease as well as chipped, cracking, discolored or missing teeth due to trauma, bad hygiene, or age. Deep cleanings, fillings, crowns, bridges, and implants are just a few of the options available in restorative dental work.
Below are explanations of some common restorative procedures:
Root Canal – A root canal is necessary when the soft tissue of the root becomes inflamed or infected by a crack or chip in the tooth, severe decay, or a faulty crown. During this procedure, the inflamed or infected pulp beneath the tooth is cleaned and removed. The remaining area is reshaped before being filled and sealed.
Dentures – These replacements for missing teeth can be removed and reinserted as needed. Your dentist will decide if you are a candidate for full or partial dentures, based on the condition of your already existing teeth.
Dental Implants – Dental implants are similar to dentures, as they are not your natural teeth. However, they are different from dentures in that they are permanently and surgically fastened to your jawbone by metal posts or frames. This makes them feel more like your natural teeth.
Crowns – Also called a dental cap, a crown covers a tooth when there isn’t enough of it remaining to hold a filling in. They are also utilized after a root canal to provide a more complete and permanent solution. Crowns help restore teeth to their normal appearance.
Cracked Teeth – An unchecked, cracked tooth can eventually lead to pain or infection, as nerve damage is imminent. There are several ways to fix a cracked tooth including bonding, veneers, crowns or even tooth removal, depending on the severity of the crack.
Gingivitis & Gum Disease – Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums and is a precursor to periodontal disease. Non-surgical treatment and maintenance can include deep cleaning and oral and topical medications.
Depending on the services needed and materials used, prices for procedures can vary. The ADA reports that methods with more durable or aesthetic options are often more costly, but will last proportionately longer. It is best to contact your dentist, or one of our dental professionals, to get an estimate on the costs for your specific needs and goals.
Some procedures may be paid for, either fully or partially, by insurance. Check with your provider for a better idea of how, and if, you’re covered. For patients who do not have dental insurance, we can offer options for financing through Care Credit.
While it can be expensive, restorative dentistry is necessary to restore and maintain the health and function of your teeth and gums before taking on any cosmetic procedures. It is one step in making your oral health all it can be.
Dentists at Friendly Dentistry do their best to keep patients free of pain during any procedure. The exact methods for pain prevention can vary, depending on the nature of what is needed and the pain sensitivity of the patient. Patients are given detailed information about the processes involved beforehand and are also given specific instructions for aftercare when the procedure is complete.
If you’re interested in taking the first steps to a new smile, it is best to do your homework. Ask around – review dentists through family, friends, and online through sites such as Google or Yelp. Chances are, a dentist will have testimonials from current and former patients for you to review.
When you meet with your dentist, he or she will answer any questions or concerns you may have about the procedure you are about to undertake and any costs and downtime connected to it. Once you make your decision to receive restorative care, your trip to the dentist should be a pleasant one, with long term results that you will make you smile.