What is dental restoration?
Dental restoration is the process of repairing a tooth that has been damaged, decayed, or lost. The goal of dental restoration is to restore the function, strength, and appearance of the tooth. There are many different types of dental restoration, and the type that is best for you will depend on the extent of the damage to your tooth.
In this blog post, we have shared 6 common types of dental restoration that your dentist can do.
1. Dental fillings
Dental fillings are used to restore teeth that have been damaged by decay. The filling material is placed in the tooth to help prevent further decay and restore the tooth to its normal shape and function. There are a variety of different materials that can be used for dental fillings, including gold, silver, composite resin, and porcelain.
The dentist will remove the decayed tooth material and then fill the area with a filling material. There are different types of materials that can be used for dental fillings, including amalgam (a mixture of metals), composite (a plastic resin), or gold. The type of material used will depend on the location and size of the cavity, as well as the patient’s preferences. The dentist will then use a special light to harden the filling material.
2. Dental crowns
Dental crowns are a type of dental restoration that encases the entire tooth in order to protect it from further damage. The crown is custom-made to fit over the existing tooth and is cemented into place.
The procedure for getting a dental crown usually takes two visits to the dentist.
First, the dentist will take an impression of the tooth in order to create a model for the crown. Then, they will place a temporary crown on the tooth while the permanent crown is being made. Once the permanent crown is ready, the dentist will remove the temporary crown and cement the new one into place.
3. Dental bridges
Dental bridges are false teeth that are used to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth. The false teeth are attached to the natural teeth on either side of the gap and are held in place by a metal or ceramic framework.
Bridges can be made from a variety of materials, including gold, silver, and porcelain. Dentists usually make bridges from molds of the patient’s mouth, and the bridge is then custom-made to fit the patient’s mouth. Bridges can be used to improve the appearance of the teeth, and to restore their function of the teeth.
4. Dental implants
Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth. They are made of titanium and are placed in the jawbone where they fuse with the bone over time. This gives them a very strong foundation to support a dental prosthetic, such as a crown, bridge, or denture. The implants can be used to support just one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch of teeth.
The first step in getting dental implants is to consult with a dentist to see if you are a good candidate for the procedure. This is because you need to have enough healthy bone in your jaw to support the implants. If you don’t have enough bone, you may need to undergo a bone grafting procedure first.
Once it has been determined that you are a good candidate for dental implants, the next step is to have the implant placed. This is done under local anesthesia and is usually a fairly quick and easy procedure.
5. Inlays and onlays
Inlays and onlays are a type of dental restoration used to repair damaged or decayed teeth.
Inlays are made from a mold of the tooth and are used to fill in small cavities.
Onlays are larger and are used to restore larger areas of damage.
Dentists use a variety of materials to make inlays and onlays, including porcelain, gold, and composite resin. The process of placing an inlay or onlay is similar to that of a filling.
First, the dentist will remove the damaged tooth tissue and clean the area. They will then place the inlay or onlay into the prepared cavity and secure it with adhesive.
6. Composite bonding
Composite bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure in which a tooth-colored resin is used to restore or improve the appearance of a person’s teeth.
The resin is applied to the teeth and then hardened with a special light. Bonding can be used to change the color, shape, size, or length of teeth. It can also be used to close gaps between teeth or to repair chipped or cracked teeth.