Restorative Services

“Restorative dentistry” is the term dental professionals use to explain how they replace missing or damaged teeth. Fillings, crowns (“caps”), bridges and implants are common restorative options. The goal is to bring back your natural smile and prevent future oral health issues.

Why restorative dentistry procedures are important ?

1. Filling empty spaces in the mouth helps keep teeth properly aligned

2. Replacing teeth makes it easier to maintain good oral care habits to help prevent plaque build-up and the problems plaque can lead to

3. Missing teeth can affect your health, appearance and self-esteem Restorative Dentistry Treatment Options Fillings The most common way to treat a cavity is for your dentist to remove the decay and fill the tooth with one of several different materials. These filling materials include gold, porcelain, silver amalgam, toothcolored plastic or composite resin.There is now multiple types of dental restorations.

The two main types of dental restorations are direct and indirect.

Whether you need a direct or indirect dental restoration depends on the extent and nature of your tooth issue

Direct Dental Restorations

Direct tooth restorations are those that can be done in one procedure in one dentist office visit. The most common direct dental restoration are fillings for cavities. The right filling for the patient will be determined by the patientʼs preferences, and the location of the cavity. Direct dental restoration procedures are more simple and basic in nature and can start treating the dental issue immediately.

Indirect Dental Restorations

Indirect dental restorations require multiple, more complex procedures to treat a dental issue. Indirect dental restorations, therefore, typically require multiple visits to the dental office. Common indirect dental restorations include crowns, bridges, veneers, dentures, inlays and onlays. Indirect dental restorations include parts that are fabricated by a dental lab. The dental lab can either be in-house at the dental office or it can be offsite. It is the making of the needed restoration that entails multiple visits to the dental office. While the patient waits for their dental restoration to be made, the dentist will insert a temporary restoration in order to prevent additional damage or dental issues.

Crowns

A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth. It is used to strengthen and protect your tooth structure. Your dentist prepares the tooth, takes an impression and the crown is made in a lab by a specialist.



1. A crown is ideal for people with broken teeth or cavities.

2. The crown is cemented into place over the damaged tooth.

Bridges

A dental bridge "bridges" the gap where there are missing teeth. A bridge has a crown on each end as an anchor with an artificial tooth or teeth connecting the crowns and filling the space. A bridge can keep your other teeth from moving out of place. Once a bridge is placed, it works just like your natural teeth.




Veneers

Dental veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that are attached to the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. Theyʼre often made from porcelain or resin-composite materials and are permanently bonded to your teeth. Veneers can be used to treat a number of different cosmetic concerns, including chipped, broken, discolored, or smaller-thanaverage teeth




Inlays

Inlays are molded and fitted into the chewing surface of a tooth that has been damaged through decay or injury. They are created using an imprint of the affected areas that are sent to a lab for manufacturing. An inlay will fit perfectly into the hollow of the tooth, but they do not affect the cusps. When the dentist takes the impression, they also attempt to best match the color of the tooth as closely as possible. This way when they are placed in the mouth they are not noticeable. The material used for an inlay can be either porcelain or a composite material that is stronger and more durable than traditional fillings.




Onlays

Onlays are used for decay and damage to the cusps of a tooth as well as the biting surface.Onlay will shore up the strength of the tooth along with protecting the decaying area. Onlays are also called “partial crowns” because they serve a similar function but they only cover a portion of the tooth, as opposed to the entire thing.




Dental Implants

Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. An implant has 2 parts: a metal anchor and a false tooth, similar to a crown. A dental implant looks and feels like a natural tooth.




1. The metal anchor is inserted into the jawbone.




2. After the anchor has been inserted, a false tooth is put into place.

Tips for taking care of your restorative dentistry work

1. Brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day.

2. Electric toothbrushes can help remove plaque from your teeth and restorative work.

3. Make sure to floss around your teeth, dental implants, crowns, and bridges every day.

4. Try not to chew on hard or sticky foods. These can damage your implant, bridge, or crown.

5. Use an antibacterial mouthwash to help fight plaque bacteria around restorative work.


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