Dental Restorations

Dental restorations replace either the entire tooth or a missing part of it. The most common reasons a restoration may be required are decay, gum disease, and acute trauma.

What Are the Types of Dental Restoration?

There are five main types of dental restoration. They are:
  • Fillings: By far, the most common type of restoration are fillings. While silver amalgam used to be the more common material used for fillings, composite resins are preferred today. The material's color is practically indistinguishable from the natural tooth. It also adheres better than metal fillings.
  • Bridges: These fill in the empty space created by one or more missing teeth. Bridges are supported by natural teeth or dental Implants on either side with a crown(s) in the middle to fill in where there is a missing tooth/teeth.
  • Crowns: The white portion of a tooth that you can see in your mouth is called a Crown. Hence the restoration we use to cover it is called a Crown. Sometimes a tooth is so damaged, a crown may be placed over it. Crowns match the shape, size, and color of surrounding teeth. Crowns are also attached an implant or used to anchor a bridge (a Bridge may be made up of 3 or more Crowns).
  • Dentures: These removable replacement teeth are made with acrylic. If the patient has some teeth remaining, metal brackets around them anchor a Partial Denture. When no natural teeth remain, Complete Dentures are required. Getting Dentures is not a one-shot deal. Due to the nature of your mouth, one may need more than 1 or 2 sets of Dentures or Partials in a lifetime.
  • Implants: These are small, metal posts, that act like a tooth root in your jaw, which like a real tooth, you need to have a root in the bone to not only anchor it but to keep bone there. The post goes directly into the jaw where the tooth used to be. The implant is then covered by a crown. Which the implant can support for you to use like a real, natural tooth.
  • Inlays and onlays: These are custom-made to fit fillings if you will. Like a puzzle piece vs filling a hole. Small enough though where a dental crown is not needed.

What to Expect During a Dental Restoration Appointment

Dental Restorations can require 1 or more visits. Dr. Brannon will walk you through your treatment and what to expect to ensure the restoration looks good and restores proper functionality. We may have to take impressions of your mouth or teeth then send these to one of our experienced Dental Restoration Labs and work with them on creating your custom restoration.

If you need restorative dental care, get the smile you deserve. Schedule your appointment with Brannon Smiles today.