Restorative Dentistry: When Is It Needed?
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Table of Contents
- What Is Restorative Dentistry?
- The Need
- Insurance Coverage
Restorative dentistry is needed to save and restore natural teeth in the event of tooth decay, trauma, disease, injury, or genetic conditions. Restorative dentistry can include many different treatment options and methods, depending on the issue and extent of the damage.
Restorative dentistry is not specifically recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA) as a specialty. Often, general practitioner dentists perform restorative functions.
Restorative dentistry involves any form of repair or restoration to your teeth or oral region. This type of dentistry often focuses on replacing missing teeth and/or replacing or restoring damaged teeth. It can include several dental fields and potentially more than one specialist.
What Is Restorative Dentistry?
Restorative dentistry is often done by general dentists when it involves fixing cracked, broken, or chipped teeth, or teeth that have been damaged by decay. Anything that restores a tooth’s function and look is classified as restorative.
The main goals of restorative dental treatment are to preserve the natural tooth, prevent future cavities, and maintain the health of the pulp.
Restorative dentistry can include the following:
Fillings for Cavities
Dental Bonding for Damaged Teeth
Replacing Missing Teeth with Dental Bridges, Implants, or Dentures
The Need for Restorative Dentistry
There can be a number of reasons you may need restorative dentistry, such as these:
- Broken or chipped tooth
- Injury or trauma that damages a tooth
- Missing teeth or gaps
- Medical or genetic conditions that cause lost or damaged teeth
Dental fillings and crowns are some of the most common forms of restorative dentistry that are done to improve the function and strength of your teeth after tooth decay has been removed. This can also help to prevent further decay.
Dental fillings are used for small cavities and minor tooth fractures. More significant damage will often require more extensive restorative treatment, such as a crown or even an implant.
Costs of Restorative Dentistry
|Type||Average Cost per Tooth|
|Filling||$50 to $300|
|Crown||$500 to over $3,000|
|Dental Bonding||$100 to $1,000|
|Tooth Implants||$3,000 - $4,500|
|Dental Bridges||$2,100 - $4,500|
|Denture||$600 - $3,000|
The extent of restoration needed will influence the cost. The more damaged your tooth is, the more it is going to cost. Your location, the experience of the dentist, and whether or not you are seeing a specialist are all going to be factors in the final cost.
These are common restorative dental procedures and average costs:
Insurance Coverage for Restorative Dentistry
If the need for restoration is considered necessary for medical and functional reasons, and not just for aesthetic purposes, it is generally covered by dental insurance at least partially. The amount of coverage will usually depend on your specific policy and what the procedure entails.
If you choose to have a cosmetic restoration, the procedure will not be fully covered. It may not be covered at all.
Generally, dental insurance will only cover a percentage of the treatment cost. You will often be responsible for at least a copay and a percentage of the cost.
Most dental offices will provide financing options or payment plans to help you. Check with your insurance provider to determine how much of the restorative dentistry they will cover and what you will be responsible for out of pocket.
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