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Difference in Cosmetic Dentistry and Restorative Dentistry Treatment Options

Many of our patients mistakenly think restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry are interchangeable terms. While they are both used to help you maintain a radiant, healthy smile, there are differences in how this is achieved. Restorative procedures are often needed before cosmetic work can begin at West County Dental in St. Louis, MO. For example, if you have periodontal disease, you would likely need treatment to address this dental concern before seeking same-day crowns or Invisalign® clear aligners. Restorative dentistry is anything Dr. Pete Spalitto deems necessary to restore healthy teeth and gums. This dentistry field includes dental fillings used to repair cavities as well as dental crowns, bridges, implants, and dentures. Restorative dentistry can be either preventative or corrective. Our team would be happy to discuss your best treatment options when you reserve an appointment for a consultation.

What Kind of Dental Issues Can Cosmetic Dentistry Fix?

Cosmetic dentistry is mostly concerned with improving the appearance of your smile. Whether you have yellowing teeth caused by smoking or uneven, chipped, or missing teeth causing you embarrassment, Dr. Spalitto can help. Our practice offers in-office and take-home teeth whitening to lighten or brighten your teeth, as well as Invisalign® treatment to straighten crooked teeth and same-day crowns and veneers to alter the appearance of severely decayed or damaged teeth without any delay.

What Kind of Dental Concerns Can Restorative Dentistry Fix?

Restorative dentistry is more focused on oral health and the functionality of your teeth than cosmetic concerns. If diagnosed early, most dental issues can be successfully treated or even prevented in some cases. A restoration dentist can treat anything from cavities to gum infections and gingivitis. If you have missing teeth, it goes beyond just being a cosmetic worry. Restoring your teeth can prevent shifting, further tooth loss, and jawbone deterioration. From dental crowns and bridges to dental implants, bone grafts, and full or partial dentures, Dr. Spalitto will help you explore the best restorative options for your needs. Our priority is keeping your mouth healthy, free from the ravages of decay.

When Are Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry Used Together?

Often, restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedures are used in tandem to address dental concerns. If you have a mouth full of cavities or bleeding gums caused by gum disease, we’ll want to treat it before attempting to fix chipped, discolored, or crooked teeth. Depending on the extent of work being done, you may require healing time in-between procedures. However, you can rest assured we’ll take care of you in as few visits as possible because we know time is money. Let us help you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile. Dr. Spalitto can close gaps, restore worn or missing teeth, whiten your smile, correct an overcrowded mouth, or reshape the appearance of your teeth and gums. During your exam and consultation, we’ll go over your expectations and how they measure with achievable results. Check out our new patient resources and learn more about our personalized care.

Request a Smile Consultation with Dr. Pete Spalitto Today

Do you still have questions about the differences between restorative and cosmetic dentistry? Dr. Pete Spalitto and the rest of our knowledgeable team at West County Dental have answers. Our family dental center serves patients of all ages in West County, from Chesterfield to St. Louis and other surrounding communities. Never settle for anything less than your vision of the perfect smile. Use our smile analysis tool to evaluate your concerns, and then contact us for a smile consultation.

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