Restorative Dentistry

woman looking in the mirror and happy to see her nice smileWhat is restorative dentistry?

Restorative dentistry includes any procedure performed to restore the function and appearance of the teeth and smile. Restorative dentistry refers to treatments that correct existing problems or repair dental damage, such as:

  • Dental fillings to fill in cavities
  • Crowns and dental bonding to repair damaged, cracked, or broken teeth
  • Dental implants to replace missing teeth
  • Prosthetic devices such as bridges and dentures to restore the healthy function and appearance of your smile

Dr. Harding uses a wide range of treatments, techniques, and materials to expertly repair damaged, cracked, broken, and/or missing teeth. These treatments impart healthy function, while also creating a balanced and symmetrical smile.


What conditions does restorative dentistry correct?

Restorative dentistry corrects a wide variety of problems, ranging from simply filling in cavities to repairing, covering, or replacing damaged and missing teeth. Restorative work may include placing a crown on a tooth that has been weakened or damaged by a root canal procedure to strengthen and stabilize the tooth. A bridge to replace missing teeth to correct the bite and restore healthy chewing ability is another type of restorative procedure.


How do I know if I need restorative dental work?

If your teeth are damaged in any way, as a result of injury or disease, Dr. Harding can restore your teeth’s strength and beauty, as well as the healthy natural function of your mouth. When you come in for an appointment with Dr. Harding, he will let you know what your options are for repairing, restoring, or replacing any teeth in your mouth that have been damaged or lost.


Is restorative dentistry covered by dental insurance?

In many cases, restorative procedures may be covered by your dental health insurance plan, but the best way to determine this is to call your carrier and ask about specific coverage for restorative procedures. If you should require any work that is not covered by your dental insurance plan, Dentistry of West Bend is happy to help you find suitable payment plans to pay for your restorative procedures.


Is restorative dental work painful?

It all depends on the procedure. In some cases, a restoration procedure may require drilling a tooth to fill a cavity or to alter its shape, or you may need to have titanium implants surgically attached to your jaw bone. While these procedures may produce some discomfort, we go to great lengths to make sure that you do not experience any discomfort during any procedure.

Dr. Harding is proud to provide excellent care with a very gentle touch, and we provide several types of pain medication, including injections, topical anesthetics, and/or nitrous oxide to prevent any potential discomfort during any procedure. Once the anesthesia wears off, you may experience some soreness, but we can prescribe adequate pain medication to alleviate that.