What Is a Dental Restoration?
Those facing oral health problems can typically have them resolved with dental restorations. Perhaps the structure of a tooth is compromised. Maybe one or more teeth are missing entirely. In most cases, a dental professional can both restore the natural smile and protect the teeth against future damage.
Commonly performed restoration procedures
While some treatments are performed more frequently than others, most people will need at least one of the following types of restoration procedures at some point during their lifetime.
The most common dental restoration procedure is a cavity filling. Typically able to be completed in one office visit, the procedure required to fill a cavity is generally not extensive. A filling can be done using silver amalgam, gold, or composite resin and can last up to 10 years, depending on care.
The gap created by at least one missing tooth can be fixed with a bridge. To complete this procedure, the missing teeth are replaced with false teeth cemented into place. These false teeth are then anchored by crowns on either side, which is where this treatment received its name.
In many cases, a crown is used to cover what is left of a tooth suffering from severe decay. Crowns mimic the size, shape and color of the original tooth and are a popular solution. Crowns can also be used to cover a dental implant and make it look natural, as well as to secure a dental bridge. Most crowns last up to 10 years.
Those with missing teeth who desire a removable replacement can get dentures. Partial dentures are available when some of the natural teeth are still intact. This type of denture attaches to the remaining natural teeth with metal clasps. Full dentures are an option when all the teeth need to be replaced. Typically composed of acrylic resin, certain types of dentures feature metal attachments to help keep them in place.
The solution for missing teeth most closely resembling the natural tooth structure is a dental implant. Because it uses a small post generally made from titanium inserted into the jawbone to act as a root, an implant can prevent bone loss in the jawbone. Once the implant has fused to the jawbone, a crown is attached to the post using a small mental rod called an abutment. The amount of time it takes for the implant to fuse with the jawbone, as well as the time involved with the gums healing from having the abutment placed, can be extensive. Some implants can require a year to complete from start to finish.
Dental professionals have many treatments available to make dental restoration possible. However, it is crucial to maintain good oral hygiene. Each time a restorative procedure is performed, at least part of the natural teeth must be removed. As more procedures are performed over time, more enamel will be removed from the remaining teeth. To avoid needing to completely remove the natural teeth, brushing at least twice daily and flossing is vital.
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