Dec 10

How Your Teeth are Restored by the Dentist

We all have seen our fair share of comedy scenes that involve the elderly folk and their dentures; how the objects are forgotten and sometimes switched by mistake.  As funny as they might be, if you do have friends in the medical field, especially those who are or work for dentists, then you would know that these can sometimes be true.  And if you do grow up to have dentures, you would be telling what our elderly folks are telling us now: having no teeth is no fun, so take care of your set while they are still there.

Although we are taught to take care of them at an early age, it is not necessarily easy to give your teeth the best of care.  We may brush our teeth twice or thrice a day as recommended, even floss and use mouthwash at every chance we get, but other things can still happen.  We can accidentally walk into a door in the middle of the night (yes, I have heard of someone who has done that in real life) or bite into a stone while eating grains.  These can very well damage our teeth, and then we would have to get our teeth ready for tooth restoration.

So what exactly is tooth restoration?  It is the activity done by dentists in order to restore the tooth, and the end product may be one of two types, or perhaps even both.  We have the restoration that works on the aesthetics of the teeth (tooth whitening would be one of the most common procedures perhaps, but restoration would be for more complex scenarios) or the integrity of the teeth so that they can do their job, which is grind food.

Whenever you want to have a tooth or some teeth restored, you would most often go see a dentist for a consult.  He will look at your teeth, then give a recommendation and perhaps do the first steps of the preparation stage.  This preparation would most often mean cleaning up the teeth, most especially the ones that are to be worked on.  If cavities are found on some teeth, then the dentist would go to work with a drill and clean them out until the discoloration is out, which would most often mean that the bacteria eating at the enamel is out as well.  From the preparation stage, the dentist may then launch into either a direct or indirect restoration.

A direct restoration is the working on the teeth inside the mouth.  If a tooth has a cavity that would have the patient in pain, then the dentist would get a malleable material, prepare it and then apply it to the tooth.  This material would harden easily, cover the hole, and support the rest of the tooth whenever direct pressure is applied.  This is often done in one session.  If follow up sessions are to be done, that would often mean the dentist would just want to check up on his work.

Indirect restorations would be the more time consuming procedures, because these tooth restorations would require work outside the mouth, and most are done based on dental impressions that were taken by a dentist during the preparation stage.  The dentist would have to have the tools prepared first, so the patient would have to come back on a different day.  Sometimes, the dentist would do a direct restoration as a temporary solution while he prepares the indirect and more permanent restoration.

A lot of research and work has gone into the science of tooth restorations, and there are several methods now, including Root Canal Treatments, that a dentist can choose from when they need to give their clients a solution to dental problems.  However, always remember the adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.  It would still be best to take care of your teeth, because they are the tools that fit you best.

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