The Best Laid Plans
Most of us know that we should take good care of our teeth, but we often forget to brush or floss as often as we should. In this case, when something goes wrong with our teeth, it often doesn’t come as much of a surprise. In other cases, you may take very good care of your teeth, taking the time to brush and floss daily and minimizing the amount of dietary sugar you consume. Unfortunately, a genetic predisposition for weak or easily decayed teeth, gum disease, or other oral health problems results in the need for professional intervention. Dr. Colin Lathrop and the team at Lathrop Dental Center have the hands-on skill to recognize the earliest signs of dental disease and can develop a treatment plan to address a problem in the most conservative way possible. To uphold our dedication to patient education, we always discuss your treatment options with you and eagerly answer any questions you may have prior to treatment.
The 3 Goals of Restorative Dental Care
In the broadest terms, all procedures which fall into the category of restorative dentistry seek to accomplish three goals:
- Restore health. Current research clearly demonstrates a link between poor oral health and an increased risk for poor systemic health. If left untreated, tooth decay can spread infection to other areas of the body while gum disease, an inflammatory disorder of the gums and connective tissues, can exacerbate inflammatory illnesses like diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and arthritis. By treating oral health problems early, we can help restore the health of your mouth as well as increase your chances of improved overall health.
- Restore function. A tooth that is cracked, broken, or infected will not function properly. In fact, trying to eat or speak with damaged or compromised teeth can cause damage to the tongue and inner cheeks as well as pain and discomfort in and around the tooth. Restorative dental procedures seek to remove the source of discomfort and return a tooth to its original state so that you can eat and speak without impairment.
- Restore appearance. Unhealthy teeth tend to look unhealthy. Restoring the appearance of a tooth damaged by decay or trauma is vitally important to the restorative dentistry services we offer at Lathrop Dental Center. We use leading-edge materials and techniques and partner with a trusted dental lab to create fillings and crowns that blend seamlessly with your smile. We want your dental work to look as though no work was ever performed.
Our Restorative Dentistry Services
To complement our preventive and cosmetic dentistry services, Dr. Lathrop proudly offers the following restorative services:
The key to maintaining a healthy smile is preventive care, both in the form of consistent at home dental hygiene habits and regular dental checkups and cleanings. However, if something should go wrong, we will do everything we can to help repair and restore your healthy grin.