If you have damaged or missing teeth, restorative dentistry can restore your smile to its healthy, near-original condition. At her self-titled practices in North Bethesda, Maryland, Dr. Jane Brodsky and the team regularly provide restorative dentistry services for patients of all ages. Don’t let oral health problems prevent you from smiling confidently. Request your consultation by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling tool today.
Restorative dentistry is a branch of oral health care focused on restoring your smile and mouth to an aesthetically pleasing and fully functional state. General dentists like Dr. Jane Brodsly and the team regularly perform restorative dentistry procedures and know exactly what it takes to improve the physical appearance of your smile and your oral health in general.
There are two different types of restorative dentistry:
Direct restoration involves Dr. Brodsky or a member of the team placing a tooth-colored filling into a prepared tooth cavity. Direct restoration typically takes one visit and lasts approximately 60 minutes. Tooth-colored fillings mimic the appearance and light-reflecting properties of your natural teeth. They don’t contain toxic metals like mercury either.
Indirect restoration uses custom prosthodontics including crowns, bridges, inlays, or onlays. Indirect restorations typically require more than one appointment because your prosthetics are fabricated off-site at a dental laboratory.
The only way to determine what type of restorative dentistry is right for you is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jane Brodsky. Following an oral exam, review of your medical history, and discussion of your goals for an aesthetic treatment, the team can make recommendations that align with your needs.
If you’ve chipped a tooth or have minor decay, the team might recommend a filling to prevent further damage. For deep decay or an exposed nerve, your dentist might recommend a root canal and permanent crown.
Dental restorations like crowns and fillings aren’t permanent, but if you practice good oral hygiene and avoid bad habits like biting your fingernails or chewing on ice cubes or candy, they can last for an average of between 10-15 years and sometimes even longer.
Caring for your dental restorations is easy and hassle-free. First, practice good oral hygiene. Brush twice a day, floss each day, and rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash. You should also visit the team at Jane Brodsky, DMD, MS, every six months for a professional exam and cleaning.
If you’re wondering whether restorative dentistry is right for you, request an appointment with Dr. Brodsky today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.