Restoring Tooth Health

Restorative dentistry is a process that occurs when the dentist restores an injured, decayed, or lost tooth, returning it to its normal function.  Timely treatment can be the difference between retaining or losing your good oral health.

FOR GOOD LOOKS AND MORE

Not only does tooth repair help improve appearance, it also can correct many structural problems such as chipped teeth, infected tooth pulp and decayed enamel - conditions that can ultimately lead to more serious damage.

REPAIRING YOUR SMILE

While injuries, such as chipping a tooth, facilitate the need for restoration, the most typical cause is decay.  Filling a cavity is, perhaps, the most familiar restorative treatment.  Other procedures include crowns and root canals.  Your dentist can fully explain each and determine which, if any, is needed.

RECOVERING FROM TOOTH LOSS

Whether a tooth is lost through damage or disease, ignoring the space it leaves can cause serious problems for your other teeth.  When one tooth is missing, others may drift into the empty space, affecting your appearance and jaw movement.  There are many options for replacing missing teeth, including dentures, bridges, and implants.  Ask your dentist about the best choice for you.

                               THE PROBLEM OF RECURRENT DECAY

Recurrent decay may form around areas that have been previously restored by your dentist.  Sometimes these areas can be more susceptible to decay.  To help fight recurrent decay your dentist may prescribe a prescription-strength fluoride such as Colgate ® Prevident ®.  And you must exercise proper oral care, paying extra attention to areas around restorations. 

HELPING YOUR SMILE LAST A LIFETIME

BRUSH with a high-performance toothbrush, like Colgate® Total™.  And use a fluoride toothpaste, such as Colgate® Baking Soda & Peroxide with Tarter Control.

FLOSS daily with an advanced-technology, shred-resistant floss such as Colgate® Total™.

RINSE with a fluoride mouthrinse such as Colgate® Total™.

SEE YOUR DENTIST AND HYGIENIST regularly for check-ups and professional cleanings.