The term "restorative dentistry" refers to the integrate management of oral health problems and seeks to restore the mouth not only to a functional state, but also an esthetic one.  The goal of restorative dentistry is to preserve as many of the natural teeth as possible.  Replacing missing teeth is just as important to the over all health of the mouth.  Filling in empty spaces in the mouth can help prevent cavities in the remaining teeth because gaps are vulnerable spots for plaque-causing bacteria to build up.  Additionally, missing teeth put extra stress on your natural teeth because you do not have as much surface to chew with.  Check  out the links we have provided below.  Together, we can discuss the best options to restore your mouth to an optimal functional and esthetic state.