Restorative dentistry is some of the most important dental procedures a patient can get. In general, it is a procedure that involves restoring teeth that have been knocked out, that were lost as a result of an accident or because of tooth decay. Restorative Dentistry also focuses on patients who are suffering from pain and not just want work done for cosmetic reasons.
In addition, tooth restoration may also be done as a result of deterioration of a tooth that was previously restored or because of a broken tooth. There are several different types of procedures that are involved in restorative dentistry that can help to restore your smile to its best.
Some of the most common types of restorative dentistry involves fillings. These are done to fill cavities and most often involve the use of metals such as silver amalgam or gold or other substances such as glass material that is referred to as composite resin or tooth colored plastic.
Dentures are a type of tooth restoration that involves replacing teeth that are missing. They are removable and can be placed in the area of the mouth where there are missing teeth. Dentures are made from acrylic resin and occasionally metal that makes up the attachment parts.
There are partial dentures that are used in individuals who have some teeth missing or full dentures that a person uses when he or she no longer has any of their teeth. In the case of partial dentures, the metal parts are attached to the individual’s real teeth.
A crown is a cap that is tooth shaped and is placed over a tooth to restore a piece of a tooth that may be missing. It is generally used to bring a tooth back to its natural state, hold a bridge in place or to cover a dental implant. It has the same shape, size and strength as a natural tooth as well.
Dental implants are components that are replacements for the roots of the teeth. They include a small post that is made from metal. This post is inserted directly into the socket where a tooth is missing. When a patient gets dental implants, they also have a crown or replacement tooth placed over it.
A bridge is a series of false teeth that are made to bridge the gap between one or more missing teeth in a person’s mouth. When a patient has a bridge done, it can be anchored on either side by crowns or set in place permanently.