At Horacek Dental our restorative dentistry encompasses a wide variety of clinical treatments that restore broken down diseased teeth back to their proper form, function and esthetic qualities, replace missing teeth and restore proper occlusion (bite). Restorative dentistry can range from restoring a single tooth to full mouth reconstruction and rehabilitation involving most or all of the patient´s teeth, opening the patient’s bite and reestablishing the patient´s entire chewing motion to proper function.
Restorative dentistry can achieve this through simple tooth re-contouring or small direct restorations (fillings), in less severe cases. In more advanced cases, restorative dentistry may involve indirect restorations that are fabricated in a dental laboratory. These restorations include inlays, on-lays, crowns, fixed bridges, implant crowns, implant bridges and porcelain laminate veneers. Since a laboratory fabricates these restorations, they require multiple visits before they are completed, as well as temporization between visits. These restorations are cemented or bonded into place and the final bite adjustments are done directly in the patient’s mouth to ensure the maximum comfort possible. Restorative dentistry may also utilize full dentures and removable partial dentures to replace missing teeth and restore proper form, function, esthetics and bite.
In the most severely debilitated cases, restorative dentistry employs a multifaceted interdisciplinary approach to accomplish full mouth reconstruction and rehabilitation. The restorative dentistry needed for these patients is complex and extensive in scope, time and cost, but can achieve miraculous life changing outcomes.
Final restorations are first represented in wax models that are used as a blue print or guide the doctor and laboratory to the final restorative product. Provisional (temporary) restorations are a must in these cases and often times several sets of provisional restorations will be needed especially when opening a patient´s bite. This ensures the patient is able to accommodate to the new bite relationship before the final restorations are placed.