Restorative dentistry involves the study, diagnosis, and management of diseases and conditions affecting the oral cavity, teeth and supporting structures with a focus on rehabilitating and restoring functionality and meeting the psychological and aesthetic needs of the patient.
It encompasses three distinct areas of dentistry known as endodontics, periodontics, and prosthodontics, and provides a solution for patients that have injuries, diseases, and conditions that require multi-faceted care across these highly specialized areas.
Often known as oral rehabilitation, restorative dentistry is vital for patients with complex treatment requirements, for example:
- Patients who have undergone radiotherapy or surgery for oral cancers
- Patients who have sustained a large amount of damage deriving from periodontal disease, excessive tooth decay, acid erosion or other oral care concerns
- Patients with sleep apnea
- Patients with facial deformities
- Patients with jaw joint discomfort or pain
- Patients who have been affected by developmental conditions such as cleft lip and palate or hypodontia, who as a result require specialist multidisciplinary care
- Patients who have suffered severe trauma or injury to the face, teeth, mouth, neck or jaw
Restorative dentistry is focused on saving and preserving natural teeth as much as possible in order to give each patient the opportunity to have fully functional, painless, and aesthetically pleasing teeth.