Restorative dentistry restores function and form to your smile. There are two different options for restoring and maintaining the health of your teeth. For many people, both options are used in conjunction to create the strongest option possible.
Restorative dentistry begins with fillings. When a tooth is damaged by decay, fillings help them remain structurally sound. Traditional fillings might be silver, porcelain, or composite resin. These materials vary in strength. Fillings are usually strong enough to handle routine chewing and most last for several years before needing additional dental work.
Cosmetic fillings are not as strong as traditional options, but they more closely resemble natural teeth. These fillings are more appropriate for front teeth because they play a smaller role in chewing and are more visible than back teeth.
Dental crowns, or caps, are placed on teeth to protect a tooth from further damage and to restore a tooth’s function following a root canal. Advanced tooth decay causes more damage than a filling alone can handle. If part of a tooth must be removed because of decay, crowns help to restore the tooth.
In addition to restoring a tooth’s function after a root canal, crowns might also be used to attach bridges, prevent cracked teeth from further damage, cover implants, or protecting a filling. Crowns not only make teeth stronger, they also restore the appearance of teeth. Dental crowns are made partly or fully of baked porcelain or ceramic, all of which mimic the look of a natural tooth.
Restorative dentistry procedures enable a patient to use his or her teeth normally without concern for further damage. These procedures sometimes require multiple visits to the dentist office, but they are relatively pain-free and make it possible to enjoy a healthy set of teeth for many years. If you are concerned about tooth decay or the strength of your teeth, speak with a dentist about your restorative dentistry options.
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