Restorative Dentistry in Downtown Orlando, FL
Restorative dentistry involves all teeth in the upper and lower jaw. It integrates aesthetic (cosmetic), reconstruction and functional principles. Restorative dentistry can include the placement of veneers, crowns, bridges, dentures and dental implants.
Typically, general and restorative dentists such as our Orlando dentist Dr. Douglas A. Hugh can provide this procedure, and they can also consult with specialists during any stage of a full-mouth restoration.
Some of these dental specialists and procedures are listed below:
- Orthodontists – specialize in tooth alignment and jaw movement
- Oral surgeons – experts in face, mouth and jaw surgery
- Periodontists – specialize in diagnosis and treatment of gum issues
- Endodontists – root canal specialists
- Implant Dentistry – used to permanently substitute missing tooth
Decay, dental trauma, occlusion (relationship between upper and lower teeth) issues, gum disease and severely worn teeth can all upset the structure, stability and appearance of teeth.
Restorative Dentistry Process
Before starting a full-mouth restoration, a dentist needs to assess the condition of the teeth, gums, temporomandibular joints and jaw muscles.
A basic step-by-step process of full mouth reconstruction is listed here:
- Treat all dental emergencies (broken, chipped, or infected tooth)
- Examine patient’s oral health
- Develop a case for the procedure (after assessing the condition of teeth and gums)
- If needed, consult with specialists (see list above)
- Discuss the procedure with the patient
- Prepare teeth for treatment and take impressions
- Started needed treatment in order of importance