The Difference Between Restorative and Cosmetic Dental Procedures

We understand it can be alarming attending an annual check-up and having your dentist suggest surgery. The word comes with a negative connotation that something is seriously wrong, which is not always the case. Most times dental surgery requires minor structuring of the teeth and can easily be done in minimal time. 

Dental surgery is typically categorized as either restorative or cosmetic. Often the two forms of dentistry overlap depending on the necessary procedure and final results. 

What is restorative dentistry? 

Restorative dentistry involves oral procedures connected to rehabilitating functional and aesthetic properties alongside managing oral diseases. The process of restorative surgery refers to professional dentists focusing on building a solid foundation of the teeth that have been affected by medical conditions and/or traumatic injuries. Its overall purpose is to improve and maintain the proper functioning of the mouth to prevent pain or discomfort. 

Restorative Surgery Includes 

  • Inlays, Onlays 
  • Veneers
  • Dentures
  • Porcelain Crowns 
  • Bridges
  • Root Canal Therapy
  • Fillings 

What is cosmetic dentistry? 

Cosmetic dentistry focuses on the appearance of a smile. There are many instances where restorative surgery is required before continuing with a cosmetic procedure. Cosmetic treatments such as dental implants or veneers may require restorative work to ensure safety and proper mobility before additional aesthetics. Popular cosmetic operations involve teeth straightening and crowns. Some other well-known cosmetic procedures include: 

  • Teeth whitening
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Crowns
  • Bonding
  • Dental implants
  • Teeth straightening
  • Braces or Aligners

Newbury Dental Group 

Looking to improve the look of your smile? Newbury Dental Group specializes in both restorative and cosmetic dentistry alongside a wide variety of additional dental services. Reach out to us at 805-410-1532 or email to book an appointment today! 


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