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Restorative Dentistry in Cambridge

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Cambridge Family Dentistry provides restorative dentistry in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Call 617-868-7479 or contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment.

What Is Restorative Dentistry?

Restorative dentistry is the practice of restoring the health and function of the teeth. When teeth are decayed, cracked, chipped, or damaged in some way, restorative procedures repair the damage if possible or replace the teeth if necessary.

The Biomimetic Approach

Biomimetic Dentistry is defined as the reconstruction of teeth to emulate their natural biomechanical and esthetic form and function. Simply put, biomimetic dentistry means to copy what is life-like. With biomimetic dentistry, only the damaged and decayed part of the tooth is removed and the final restoration is bonded to the remaining healthy natural tooth structure. Biomimetic restorations include stress-reduced direct composite restorations and porcelain/composite inlays and onlays that restore the biomechanics of broken and damaged teeth.

When restoring damaged, broken, and decayed teeth, the goal is to return the tooth to its original strength, function, and esthetic. Biomimetic dentistry accomplishes all of this in a conservative approach with strong and attractive results.

Benefits of Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dentistry offers many benefits: 

  • Save the natural teeth. The ultimate goal of restorative dentistry is to save the natural teeth so that they can remain in your mouth for the rest of your life. 
  • Prevent the need for future treatment. The right restorative procedure done at the right time can prevent the need for more complex treatment in the future. 
  • Save money. A small filling when a cavity is first discovered costs less than a root canal, crown, or replacement tooth that may be necessary later if a cavity goes untreated. 
  • Restore chewing ability. Restorative dentistry repairs your teeth so that you can chew effectively, allowing you to enjoy the foods you love and get proper nutrition. 
  • Aid in proper speech. Restorative dentistry keeps teeth healthy and in place for the development and execution of proper speech.

Composite Fillings

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Composite Fillings. Cavities are small holes that form in teeth due to plaque. We fill cavities with tooth-colored composite fillings that look natural and last for the life of the tooth.

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Inlays & Onlays

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Inlays and Onlays. When significant decay has left the tooth without enough material for a filling, an inlay or onlay is a porcelain piece that can be bonded to the tooth to replace the missing enamel.

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Dental Crowns

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Dental Crowns. A crown is a tooth-shaped cover that is placed over a tooth with significant decay or damage. The natural root of the tooth remains in place for support.

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Dental Bridges

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Dental Bridges. A bridge is a tooth replacement option for one or more adjacent teeth. It looks like a row of artificial teeth, but the ends are crowns that fit over the healthy teeth on each side of the gap.

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Dental Implants

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Dental Implants. A dental implant is a replacement tooth root that is surgically placed in the jaw to support an artificial tooth. Multiple dental implants can support a bridge or dentures.

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Dentures. Dentures can replace some or all of the teeth. Traditional dentures are secured via suction and adhesives. Implant supported dentures are supported by 4-6 dental implants placed in the jaw.

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Why Choose Cambridge Family Dentistry?

In a perfect world we would only need preventive dentistry to keep your teeth healthy and damage-free. But no matter how well you take care of your teeth, decay and accidents can occur. We believe in the importance of restorative dentistry to save the natural teeth when possible and replace them if necessary.

We use a biometric approach to dentistry that provides a natural looking reconstruction of your teeth. Our restorative procedures replace lost enamel and teeth with prosthetics that are custom made to blend in with your existing teeth in size, color, and texture. When your treatment is complete your smile will be restored to its former beauty or improved to look even better.

Frequently Asked Questions About Restorative Dentistry

Composite fillings are now used almost exclusively for restorative purposes. The benefits of composite fillings is that they look natural and don’t expand and contract with changes in temperature the way metal fillings do. The repeated expansion and contraction of metal fillings can eventually cause the tooth to crack.
A porcelain crown typically lasts an average of 10-15 years, but with excellent care and maintenance it could last for 20 years or more.
Dental implants, because of the way they fuse with the bone in your jaw, can last for the rest of your life. The bond between the implant and the bone is strong and durable, providing the type of support necessary for natural function.
Dental implants are a higher quality tooth replacement option than bridges. This is because they provide a more natural look and function, they won’t damage the adjacent teeth, and they can last a lifetime. Dental bridges may only last 10-15 years and are likely to cause damage over time to the healthy teeth that are supporting the bridge.
If your natural tooth can be saved with restorative dentistry, it is always our recommendation that you allow us to repair your tooth. By extracting a tooth that could have been saved it will leave a gap in your mouth that could cause the other teeth to shift out of place. And replacement teeth cost more than restorative procedures in most cases.

Contact Us

To learn more, call 617-868-7479 or contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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872 Massachusetts Ave., Ste. 2-4 Cambridge, MA 02139
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