Sometimes, behind a great smile, there is a wide range of comprehensive treatments. Complex restorative dentistry is not solely about improving the aesthetics of your teeth, but the functionality and health of them too. In this article, Dr David Bloom, one of the UK’s leading dentists based in London and Hertfordshire, talks us through what exactly complex restorative dentistry involves.
What is complex restorative dentistry?
Simple restorative dentistry usually involves just single teeth, however, sometimes it is necessary to think more comprehensively. This can be anything from a quadrant of dentistry (usually one-quarter of the mouth involving the back teeth) to a full mouth rehabilitation. It can sometimes involve treating just a single arch (usually the upper teeth) but can also involve a full smile makeover.
Planning comprehensively will allow your dentist to eliminate compromises sometimes associated with treating single teeth. For example, treating one tooth may mean that the tooth needs to be overbuilt to contact the adjacent tooth when there is also an issue with the small neighbouring tooth that is contributing to the problem.
Why would patients need to have complex restorations of their teeth?
Many reasons, ranging from treatment to help reinforce previously heavily filled teeth to worn down teeth or just cosmetic improvements. Sometimes, tooth replacement is necessary due to gum disease.
Bridges or implants to replace missing teeth would also be classified as complex restorative dentistry.
How can you prevent complex oral complications?
Prevention is better than cure. Ensuring a diet low in sugar, especially between meals, will help reduce decay. Adequate cleaning of the teeth and gums, including interdental cleaning with interproximal brushes, is also essential to ensure gum health. Finally, a diet that is not too acidic will help prevent acid erosion.
Is oral surgery sometimes necessary?
Laser gum recontouring (with or without bone removal) can be necessary to adjust gum heights or to treat a gummy smile.
How much do these kinds of procedures cost?
It is essential that patients are advised of all costs in advance with a full-priced treatment plan. Actual costs will vary from dentist to dentist and will depend on the treatment being given.
Generally, the cost of saving a tooth is less than the cost of replacing it.
If you have any dental issues, visit Dr David Bloom’s profile and book an appointment to see him at one of his dental clinics.