Restorative dentistry includes all the procedures used to restore damaged or decayed teeth, to replace missing teeth or to treat other issues that interfere with optimal oral health. Examples of restorative procedures include fillings, crowns, veneers, bridges, dentures, dental implants, and gum disease treatments.
Tooth-colored fillings are made of strong composite resins that can be tinted and shaped to look like natural teeth. Unlike traditional metal fillings that must be “packed” in, composite resins flow onto the tooth surface, creating a strong, durable bond that acts to prevent decay from forming around and below the filling so teeth are strengthened. Because they’re tinted to match neighboring teeth, tooth-colored fillings create invisible restorations that leave teeth looking healthy and whole.
Inlays and onlays are restorations used to correct the damage that’s too large to be treated with a filling but not large enough to require a crown. Both inlays and onlays are custom-molded out of tinted porcelain so they fit snugly and comfortably, hugging the natural contours of the tooth. Inlays are used to treat the area of the tooth between the cusps or points on the upper surface while onlays extend to include portions of the side of the tooth as well. Inlays and onlays typically require two visits for placement. During the first visit, the tooth is prepared for the restoration and an impression is made. The custom-fit inlay or onlay is placed on the tooth at the second visit.
No, any type of damage must be treated promptly to protect the tooth from more extensive damage or decay.
Yes. When a tooth is lost, the teeth on either side can begin to drift inward toward the gap, resulting in loose tooth roots and a significantly increased risk of decay. Replacing lost teeth helps keep remaining teeth in their proper places to prevent additional tooth loss.
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