dental restorationsDental Restoration

“Dental Restoration” or “Cosmetic Dental Restoration” refers to the many different ways in which your dentist restores your lovely smile to its original state by repairing damage that has occurred to your teeth. A dental restoration can replace or restore missing teeth or missing parts of the tooth structure. Tooth structure can be missing due to decay, deterioration of a previously placed restoration, or fracture of a tooth. Examples of restorations include the following:

What Kinds of Dental Care Fall under “Dental Restoration”?

1. Fillings are the most common type of dental restoration. Teeth can be filled with various materials – gold, silver amalgam or tooth-colored fillings.

2. Bonding can be done when you have damage such as a chip or fracture, or you have a gap between teeth. It can also be done to cover stains or other displeasing-looking aspects to your tooth.

3. Veneers can be a successful choice for damage such as a chip or fracture. They also resolve the problem of stains or a slightly misshapen tooth. They also can be used to correct a minor bite-related problem. You can learn more about veneers here.

4. Crowns¬†are a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth to restore its original shape, size, strength and appearance. Crowns are also used to hold a bridge in place or to cover a dental implant.

5. Bridges are false teeth that bridge a gap in your mouth where a tooth or teeth used to be. A bridge is often anchored on each side by crowns and cemented in place. See my blog here for more information on bridges.

4. Implants are small posts placed in the bone socket where the original tooth was, replacing the original tooth root. They’re usually made of titanium. The post is then covered with a crown that looks like your original tooth. For some of my thoughts on implants, see my blogs¬†here and here.

5. Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth and tissue. They’re made of an acrylic resin and some metal attachments. Complete dentures replace all the teeth while partial dentures are used when some of your natural teeth remain to which the partial denture can be attached.

Dental technicians at dental labs are the folks whose work lies behind the creation of whatever dental prosthetics you need. Dr. Hook relies on highly experienced dental labs and their technicians with whom he consults to help them craft your dental restoration.