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Restorative Dentistry Vs. Preventative Dentistry

You might not be aware, but dentistry is more complex than a simple visit to the dentist. There are different types of dentistry, such as cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry, orthodontics, surgical dentistry, etc. While you may not be aware of the acute differences, you must be mindful of the various treatments to choose the right dentist for your problem.

This guide will help you learn about preventative dentistry and restorative dentistry and how they differ.

Preventative Dentistry

As the name suggests, preventative dentistry includes treatments that prevent teeth from decay, damage, or other minor dental problems. In addition, it contains treatments and the procedures and methods of maintaining oral hygiene that you practice at home.

While most patients don’t practice it, preventative dentistry can help one avoid major dental procedures in the future. In addition, it is less expensive and is called the first line of defense against dental problems.

Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dentistry includes treatments that restore your teeth to their previous glory. It consists of the repair and replacement of teeth to restore functionality. You require restorative dentistry when preventative dental treatments fail. If you don’t undergo restorative treatments in time, you will lose the aesthetic appearance of your smile.

Book an appointment now to learn more about the dental treatment you might need.

What Is Included in Preventative Dentistry?

The following procedures are included in preventative dentistry.

General Examination

It is the first procedure you go through when visiting a dentist. It includes diligently examining your teeth, mouth to diagnose any problems. An oral examination is crucial to find any probable oral or medical condition.

Preventive Cleaning

Regular brushing and flossing are effective, but once you have plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth, you need preventive cleaning. It will prevent cavities and any future oral problems.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are protective shields painted on the chewing surfaces of the teeth to prevent cavities. Its thin, plastic coating can keep your teeth healthy for many years.

Night Guards

If you grind your teeth, you only invite oral problems, such as broken teeth, painful or dislocated jaw, temporomandibular disorder, etc.


Dental x-rays can help identify dental problems such as cavities, gum infections, decaying, etc. They are also helpful in detecting problems associated with wisdom teeth.

What is Included in Restorative Dentistry?

Restorative dentistry includes the following treatments:

Dental Fillings

If you don’t undergo preventative dentistry treatment in time, it might result in cavities. Cavities are small holes in your teeth that worsen if not restored. While cavities cannot be treated, they can be stopped using dental fillings. Dental fillings involve removing the decayed part of your teeth, cleaning the hole, and filling it up with a composite material.

Root Canal

When cavities are not prevented in time, the bacteria reach down to the pulp and cause infection. Before it damages your tooth permanently, root canal therapy can fix it. It involves removing the infected pulp, disinfecting the area, and filling it with gutta-percha. Gutta-percha is a rubbery material that makes up for the lost pulp. If the hole is very small, it is sealed with a dental filling. A crown is needed if you have lost a significant part of your tooth.


Dental implants are a perfect choice for lost teeth. If you have lost your tooth root, a titanium root is fixed in place, completed by installing a crown in place of the missing tooth. It is a costly and time-consuming procedure and fit for those who have lost a tooth or row of teeth.


Dental bridges fill a tooth or a row of missing teeth. For example, you have two adjacent teeth missing, so a dental bridge will have two artificial teeth filling the gap and two dental crowns fitting on the teeth beside the gap. In addition, it offers support to artificial teeth and improved functionality.


If you have broken, chipped, or cracked teeth that affect the beauty of your smile, you need dental veneers. These thin coverings are installed on the front of your teeth to cover the imperfections and offer you the perfect smile.

Preventative Dentistry in Chandler

You can save money and time on dental treatments by visiting Peace of Mind Dental Studio for timely, half-yearly oral examinations. Apart from it, follow the instructions to avoid any dental problems:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day.
  • Floss regularly.
  • Use mouthwash.
  • Avoid harmful foods such as alcoholic beverages, sugary drinks, acidic foods, hard foods, etc.
  • Stop bad habits such as smoking and drinking.
  • Use mouthguards.

Visit Peace of Mind Dental Studio regularly for dental checkups and x-rays to ensure flawless oral hygiene. In addition, we offer a complete range of preventative and restorative dental treatments in Chandler. Visit our website to know more!

Written by Dr. Silverman

Dr. Silverman is the co-founder of Peace of Mind Dental, a Chandler Arizona, general dentistry practice.