Dental restoration procedures restore the health, function, and appearance of a damaged tooth. Restorations can most notably treat tooth decay, oral infections, teeth chips and cracks, worn-down teeth, and teeth that are knocked loose in the socket or are lost entirely.
Common dental restoration procedures include dental crowns, fillings, root canal therapy, composite bonding, porcelain veneers, dental bridges, dental implants, and dentures. The recommended restoration depends on the type of damage, the severity of the damage, and the patient’s treatment preference.
A dental crown is placed over a damaged or worn-down tooth to restore its size and shape. It protects the tooth from further damage as well. There are various material options for dental crowns, some of which closely match the shade of natural teeth for ideal cosmetic benefit.
A dental filling can treat minor to moderate cases of tooth decay (cavities). The dental filling procedure is minimally invasive and restores the appearance and health of a tooth that has a cavity, reducing the risk of more serious complications with the tooth in the future.
Root canal therapy
Root canal therapy is a dental restoration procedure that involves removing infected or decayed pulp in the root of the tooth, cleaning and disinfecting the tooth, and filling the tooth with gutta-percha. The last step in the process is to place a dental crown over the tooth for added protection for the long term. This procedure may be recommended by a general dentist if the patient has severe tooth decay that cannot be treated by a filling or an infection in the root of the tooth.
Bonding and veneers
Dental bonding and veneers are restorative procedures that offer ideal cosmetic benefits. Dental bonding involves the application of composite resin material, and dental veneers involve the placement of thin layers of porcelain. Both options improve the appearance and protect front teeth, particularly on visible surfaces. They are ideal dental restorations for chips, cracks, stains, and other forms of minor teeth imperfections.
A dental bridge can be used as a dental restoration for patients who are missing one tooth or a section of teeth. This procedure involves attaching a dental restoration (with a crown or multiple crowns) to abutment teeth or implants.
These are popular forms of teeth replacement that use small, screw-like titanium posts (known as the “implants”) that are fixed in the jaw to serve as the supports for dental restorations (crowns, bridges, or complete dentures). This restoration offers long-term benefits and enables the patient to enjoy a natural smile that feels similar to their natural teeth.
Here at our dental practice, we offer restorative dentistry services to improve the health and appearance of our patient’s smiles. If you have damaged teeth and want to learn more about your dental restoration options, give us a call today.
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