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Ask the Experts
Why restorative dentistry procedures are important
- Filling empty spaces in the mouth helps to keep teeth correctly aligned.
- Missing teeth can affect your health, appearance and self-confidence.
- Replacing the teeth can maintain good oral care habits.
Restorative Dentistry Treatments Option Filings
The most important way to treat a cavity is for your dentist to eliminate the decay and fill the tooth with one of numerous different materials. These filling materials contain gold, porcelain, silver amalgam which contains mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc and copper, tooth-colored plastic or composite resin.
Tooth Restoration Possibilities
Most dentists involved in restorative dentistry will try to preserve your ordinary teeth if possible before resorting to full or partial dentures, so you won't have to remove and clean the devices repeatedly. But sometimes full or partial dentures are the better option if you have numerous missing teeth and you're not a good candidate for dental implants due to other health issues.
Types of Dental Restoration
Direct tooth restoration includes placing a filling into a prepared tooth cavity instantly. Your dentist selects from a diversity of filling options based on the type and location of the filling.
Indirect tooth restoration includes tailored tooth replacements in the form of crowns, onlays, or inlays. A crown covers the complete chewing surface of a tooth, an inlay lies within the points of the tooth, and an onlay protections and one or more cusp tip, together with part of the chewing surface. An indirect tooth restoration will involve more than one office visit because the inlay or onlay must be fabricated in a lab. Crowns, inlays and onlays can be made from a change of materials.