What is the Difference Between Restorative Dentistry and Cosmetic Dentistry


Most people have heard of both general dentistry as a general cleaning, cosmetic dentistry as a way to get a perfect smile but they haven’t of restorative dentistry. Most times restorative dentistry comes in before cosmetic dentistry to help lay the foundation of the smile and sometimes the definitions can become a little blurred.

What is Restorative Dentistry?

Restorative dentistry is what your dentist does procedure wise to keep your mouth healthy and fully functioning. This includes a number of procedures, for example, if you get any dental fillings, dental implants, dentures or crowns. To do any type of restorative dentistry, it doesn’t require any type of specialization, it’s more of preventative and corrective that a general dentist can perform to ensure your mouth and teeth stay as healthy as possible.

What issues does restorative dentistry procedures fix?

Restorative dentistry procedures can fix and help your mouth stay healthy and the most common procedure is the filling of any cavities. Filling cavities help prevent any more decay or harm to be done to that tooth or any surrounding teeth. Any missing teeth that get replaced with implants, bridges, or dentures is also a common restorative procedure. Teeth that need to be strengthened with crowns or caps is also considered a restorative procedure.

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

The main goal of cosmetic dentistry is to improve the look of your smile. Dentists primarily focus on the health of your mouth, whereas cosmetic dentistry is about how you want your smile to look.

What are cosmetic dentistry procedures?

Some of the most popular procedures that people do to improve the look of their teeth are fixing any chipped teeth, any uneven teeth, or if their teeth are yellowing. Cosmetic dentistry focuses on teeth whitening, veneers, and contouring.

If you have questions about either restorative dentistry or cosmetic dentistry, feel free to contact us directly on our website or call us at 833-384-6646. You can also ask your dentist or dental hygienist at your next appointment.