Renew Your Smile with Restorative Dentistry
Receiving a restoration is an incredibly common dental procedure. Teeth require restorations because they cannot self-repair once they have been damaged. Whether a tooth has been damaged by injury, infection, or decay, a restoration is the only way to restore a tooth to its proper size and shape while also preventing further damage to its structures. Our dental team provides several types of restorations such as fillings, crowns, bridges, and bonding treatments so that our patients can enjoy healthy oral function and a renewed smile.
Bonding Treatments and Fillings
Bonding treatments and fillings are common restorations that address small areas of damage. For example, fillings are routinely placed for early stages of decay. Bonding, on the other hand, has both cosmetic and restorative applications. In some cases, bonding may be used to conceal a small chip in a tooth. Fillings are typically made from composite resin. Composite resin is same compound used for bonding and is a mixture of glass and plastic that closely mimics the color of teeth.
A dental crown is a more extensive restoration. Unlike a filling, which only repairs a small portion of a tooth’s structure, a crown covers the entire tooth. Since the crown is like a cap and fits over a tooth, it is used to restore the size and shape of a damaged biological tooth. Crowns are custom-made restorations that allow a patient to retain their natural tooth while the restoration protects what is left of the tooth from further disease or injury. Like fillings, crowns are available in different materials. Some patients prefer all porcelain crowns for their natural appearance while others prefer metal crowns for their durability.
As its name suggests, a bridge is used to anchor a series of prosthetic crowns over one or more empty tooth sockets. Bridges are an excellent restoration for patients who have suffered with tooth loss but do not want a removable oral appliance. Since bridges are anchored to existing biological teeth, patients enjoy restored oral function and a complete smile.
To learn more about restorative dentistry treatments, contact our skilled dental team today.