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Dental Restoration


Dental Restoration Dental Cavity

Dental restorations are among the most common dental procedures and include fillings, inlays, onlays, veneers, implants, crowns, bridges and dentures. They are used to restore damaged, decayed or missing teeth. They can also relieve associated dental pain. They can frequently save teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted. Direct restorations are made in the dental office directly in the patient’s mouth. Indirect restorations are made in a dental laboratory using impressions made of the patient’s teeth. These usually require multiple visits to the dental office. Restoration can be performed on both permanent and primary teeth. Restoration on primary teeth is performed in the same manner as permanent teeth.

Dental Terms you should know about Dental Restoration

Bonding - The covering of a tooth surface with a composite resin to correct stained, decayed or damaged teeth.

Braces - The devices used by orthodontist to gradually reposition teeth.

Bridge - The prosthetic (false) teeth or row of teeth that strongs between two natural teeth.

Cap - A common term for dental crown; see crown.

Crown - A porcelain or gold cover (cap) for a decayed, broken, cracked, damaged or discolored tooth.

Decay - Cavity; The destruction of tooth structure caused by toxins produced by bacteria.

Dental Restoration Onlay

Dental Implant - A titanium cylinder surgically placed in the bone of the upper or lower jaw to provide support for a dental restoration or appliance.

Filling - The restoration of lost tooth structure with Amalgam or Composite materials.

Inlay - A custom-made cast-gold alloy, composite or porcelain that is cemented to a previously prepared cavity in the tooth.

Laminate - A thin plastic or porcelain veneer produced in a dental laboratory and then bonded to a tooth.

Onlay - A gold or porcelain inlay extended to cover the cusps for protection of the tooth.

Restoration - The replacement of the damaged portion of a tooth.