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3 Signs You May Need Restorative Dentistry

January 30, 2023

Restorative dentistry is dental care designed to fix the structure and/or health of your tooth. Since there are many different types of dental health issues that can crop up, from cavities to missing permanent teeth, there are various types of corresponding treatments. Here are three signs that you may need restorative dentistry:

Your Teeth Hurt

Is one or more of your teeth in pain? Maybe you’ve been feeling a dull ache in one side of your mouth for a long time. Or maybe recently you started experiencing a sharp, intense pain whenever you use a certain part of your mouth to bite down on food. Whatever the case, tooth pain means there’s something going on with your oral health that should be addressed.

What type of restorative dentistry you need will depend on what your issue is. For example, if a cavity is causing your pain then you may need a tooth-colored filling or root canal therapy, while a broken tooth may need a dental crown.

You’re Missing One or More of Your Teeth

If you’re missing a tooth in the back of your mouth, you may question the benefits of replacing it, especially if no one can see it except you. However, not having that tooth can make chewing your food more difficult. Additionally, the teeth next to it may shift into the space, disrupting the entire alignment of your smile. Your jawbone may also start to deteriorate without stimulation from the missing tooth root.

Dental bridges, dental implants, and dentures are all options for replacing teeth. Speak with your dentist to determine which makes the most sense based on your oral health, lifestyle, and budget.

You Experienced Dental Trauma

Dental trauma includes any type of injury that happens to your mouth, such as getting a tooth knocked out while playing contact sports or chipping a tooth during some other kind of accident. It’s best to treat this injury as an dental emergency and get restorative treatment before the problem worsens!

Consult with Our Team!

ADC Dental Group is here for you if you experience any of the previously mentioned signs. Call our Joplin office to set up an appointment so our team can guide you back to a beautiful, healthy smile.


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