What Are Dental Restorations?
Dental restorations are defined as a treatment to restore the function, integrity, and beauty of a missing or damaged tooth. With the advances in the field of dentistry, patients in need of restorative care have many available prosthetics and techniques to choose from.
To help give you a better idea of what course of action would be ideal to help restore the unique needs of your smile, below is more in-depth information about dental restorations and for which purpose they are used.
The Different Types of Dental Restorations
Fillings – Dental fillings are used to repair minimal tooth decay, fractures, or damage. Their materials may be used to even out tooth surfaces or to help enhance biting and chewing ability. In many cases, patients with enamel loss resulting in tooth sensitivity will notice a significant improvement to their discomfort when a dental filling is placed.
When it comes to restoring damaged or decayed teeth, your dental professional has many types of dental filling materials to choose from. White, or “tooth-colored” fillings typically consists of durable porcelain or composite resin. These materials offer discreet results as they are used to blend and mimic your surrounding teeth. Amalgam materials are often used for their ability to quickly bond with teeth and for their resilience against wear and tear.
Crowns – A dental crown is needed for tooth cracks or severe decay to protect a tooth from damage or finalize dental implant treatment. The crowns of today can be used to restore the health, beauty, and function of your smile. The purpose of a dental crown is to encompass and protect a treated or damaged tooth with custom-crafted tooth material.
Dental Implants – In many cases, dental implants may be the only option to restore all functions of teeth and the surrounding structures. An implant post can replace a single missing tooth, and multiple implants can be used to replace a multitude of missing teeth.
Dentures – Full dentures are used to replace missing teeth for patients who no longer have any remaining teeth. These prosthetic teeth are typically fabricated from porcelain or acrylic materials and held together by an acrylic base that mimics natural gums.
Bridges – A bridge is a fixed dental restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth by joining an artificial tooth definitively to adjacent teeth or dental implants. This creates a literal bridge between the missing and neighboring teeth.
Ultimately, both you and your trusted dental professional will determine which dental restoration will be best for your smile.
If you or a loved one are suffering from the repercussions of tooth decay, severe damage, or missing teeth, we encourage you to contact our experienced Hayward dentists. Discover the many benefits of our tailored restorations today! Dr. Peter K. Han and Dr. Mia Chun look forward to restoring the health, beauty, and function of your smile!