Although teeth are meant to last, things happen that can cause you damage or tooth loss. Tooth structure can deteriorate from decay, a prior restoration can weaken, or a tooth can fracture. Tooth restorations are the ways that your dentist can restore your smile by replacing missing teeth or missing parts of your tooth’s structure. Here are some examples of tooth restorations that you might need.
Dental fillings, the most common type of tooth restorations, can be made from silver amalgam, gold, or composite resin materials. Fillings are most often necessary to restore a tooth that has been damaged by decay or trauma.
A crown is a cap that is placed over a tooth. It restores the natural tooth’s size, shape, and strength so that it can secure a bridge or cover an implant.
These are artificial teeth that bridge the gap caused by one or more missing teeth. Bridges may be held in place by crowns on either side, and cemented in place permanently.
Dental implants serve to replace the roots of a missing tooth. A small metal post is placed into the bone where teeth are missing, and the implant is then covered with a crown.
Serving to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues, dentures are made of acrylic resin and often sometimes include metal attachments. These removable restorations may replace an entire mouthful of teeth, or just some of the teeth when there are any natural teeth still in place. In that case, metal clasps are connected to the natural teeth to secure the artificial teeth in place.