Did you know that 81% of Americans think their teeth look unattractive in photographs? If you’re one of them, restorative dentistry can help. At Ronald W. Householder, DDS, PLLC in Tazewell, Virginia, Dr. Householder offers a number of restorative services including crowns, fillings, and composite restorations. If you dream of a whiter, brighter smile, call or use the online booking tool to request your appointment today.
Restorative dentistry is a branch of oral health care focused on restoring the function and cosmetic appearance of your teeth.
Restorative dentists like Dr. Householder replace missing teeth with dental bridges, as well as partial and full dentures. They also offer fillings and composite restorations to correct chipped, cracked, and decaying teeth.
Restoration dentistry falls into two categories:
Direct restoration involves immediate treatment for minor damage. For example, if Dr. Householder finds a cavity during a preventive exam, he can prepare your tooth and fill it immediately. Direct restoration is convenient, only takes one appointment, and provides an excellent option for addressing decay in areas of your teeth that aren’t subject to heavy pressure.
Indirect tooth restoration involves your dentist making custom tooth replacements for the cusps, or chewing surfaces of your teeth. Common examples of indirect restoration include crowns, inlays, and onlays.
Indirect tooth restoration requires more than one appointment. At your first appointment, Dr. Householder uses the CEREC system to take digital optical impressions of your teeth. A dental laboratory uses these impressions to manufacture composite fillings designed specifically for your teeth.
Anyone with cavities, damaged teeth, or missing teeth can benefit from restorative dentistry. However, the type of treatment you’ll most benefit from depends on your individual situation.
Following a thorough oral exam, review of your medical history, and discussion of your aesthetic goals, Dr. Householder formulates a restorative treatment plan that aligns with your needs and budget.
Restorative dentistry is safe and generally well-tolerated. Prior to filling a cavity or placing a composite filling, Dr. Householder administers a local anesthetic to numb your teeth and gums. If you suffer from dental anxiety or have a low pain tolerance, the team also offers nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” to help you relax during treatment. Not all dental insurance covers nitrous oxide, so talk with your provider before participating in treatment.
If you’re tired of covering your mouth every time you laugh or smile, restorative dentistry can help. Call or use the online booking tool to request your consultation at Ronald W. Householder, DDS, PLLC today.