We strive every day to keep our teeth clean, good-looking and healthy. But, oral issues pop up no matter what and it is our duty to get them treated as soon as possible to avoid further complications. Restorative dentistry is a collective term for several dental procedures that aim at restoring the teeth and soft tissues of the mouth back to their original condition. This way, both oral aesthetics and health can be brought back to an ideal level.
Restorative dentistry involves procedures such as dental crowns, bridges, implants. veneers, composite bonding, fillings, inlays, onlays, etc. These procedures not only help to restore the functionality of the teeth, but also improve the appearance of the smile by giving you an aesthetic makeover.
Fillings are commonly used to restore teeth that are affected by decay due to microbial activity. Fillings can be made from Amalgam, Gold, Tooth-colored ceramic or resinous composite. They help to prevent the growth of the decay, save the tooth from being extracted, and offer perfect sealing properties.
Crowns and Bridges
Dental crowns are popularly known as ‘caps’ as they cover a tooth in its entirety and help to restore it from surface imperfections. It is widely used to treat teeth that are damaged, broken, cracked, chipped, worn out, spaced too far apart, etc. Bridges, on the other hand, are regarded as a great tooth replacement solution. These prosthetics look just like natural teeth and function the same way as well.
Veneers are perhaps the most commonly used dental restoratives owing to their functional and aesthetic properties. A veneer is a thin, flat piece of ceramic that can be bonded to a tooth’s frontal face to restore its aesthetics. Also, in certain cases, it is used to treat teeth that have minor cracks and chipping.
Composite bonding involves the application of composite resinous material on the surface of a tooth to restore its shape and form. When teeth wear, crack, or chip due to external trauma, a tooth-colored composite material can be bonded to the damaged area to bring them back to their ideal shape and form.
Implants are metal studs implanted to the jawbone in place of a missing tooth. A ceramic tooth crown would be attached to the metal stud to restore the visible tooth structure. They are, by far, the strongest replacement solution to missing teeth and offer supreme strength, durability, aesthetics, and longevity.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays are custom fillings that are used to fill cavities. The dentist would take a highly precise mold of your cavity and have the inlays fabricated according to its contour. The inlay perfectly fits into the cavity and offers excellent sealing and fit. Onlays are restorations used to restore the cusp of a tooth (the biting surface). Dentists usually suggest them when the patient has severely worn out teeth.
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