Diagnosing, preventing and treating oral issues and disease is the goal of restorative dentistry. Once examined, Our Smile Dr. might recommend a plan for you that will fix teeth that are discolored, chipped or cracked. He may spot decay that needs removal and restoration of dental tissue. Any teeth that are aesthetically challenged with defects or from trauma are candidates for restoration. Missing teeth are obvious choices for a dental restoration. Whether it’s a filling, crown, implant or bridge, there are several options available to you depending on need. So, what are you waiting for? Don’t let that smile suffer for long!
Materials Used For Restoration
Currently, there are four tried and true substances used as dental materials to restore teeth: porcelain, dental amalgam, composite resin and gold. The resin compound contains ceramic or plastic and may be used jointly with glass. There are also some other metals almost as durable as gold in use.
The most common type of dental restoration that uses the materials above is the filling. Fillings are designed to restore the surface of teeth to “fill” a hole drilled to get at and remove dental decay. Amalgam fillings are an alloy, while composite fillings are made from resins colored to appear the same as the natural tooth.
Dental veneers are thin layers of porcelain or composite material. They are also tooth-colored to match the surrounding teeth and cemented to the face of one or more teeth, usually in front, to hide chips, discolorations, uneven spacing, and the like.
Crowns and Bridges
A crown is used for a damaged tooth that has been compromised to the point where it needs to be capped and fortified with a false tooth. Crowns can cover the remaining portion of a tooth that has been subject to extensive restoration. Depending on the patient’s preference, they can be made of gold, porcelain or another ceramic material to match the natural coloration. Bridges, are used as replacements for one or more natural teeth. These consist of crowns that are adjacent to the space with a replacement tooth (pontic) attached to the crowns.
Removable artificial teeth in a retainer that attach to the natural teeth.
Replacement for a lost tooth whereby a titanium screw is inserted into the jaw bone and a crown caps the post. Implants are becoming the preferred method over removable dentures because of their natural look, feel and functionality.
Inlays and Onlays
When simple fillings don’t cover the damage or support the remaining tooth, inlays and onlays come to the rescue. Inlays are cemented restorations designed to restore up to three surfaces of a tooth, whereas onlays are more intensive and restore the the surface along the sides of teeth. Both are fabricated from gold, porcelain or another ceramic material.
Often known as composite bonding, this treatment can help to reshape or lengthen the front central teeth.
For more information about the types of dental restoration offered by Our Smile Dr. contact us in Boise, ID at: 208-375-4544.