Restorative dentistry encompasses dental procedures designed to diagnose, prevent and treat oral diseases. Restorative treatment often is used to treat teeth that are decayed, chipped, cracked or worn down. It can include procedures such as composite fillings, porcelain crowns, fixed bridges, inlays, onlays or dentures.
A composite or tooth-colored filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks or fractures. The decayed portion of the tooth is removed and then filled with resin-based material. Most patients prefer composite fillings because they blend in with the natural shade of their teeth.
Filling procedures are performed by first removing tooth decay or defects. After the decayed or compromised structures are removed, composite is placed in layers to restore the natural tooth shape.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over the natural tooth and used to restore the tooth to its natural size, shape, function and appearance.
A crown is often recommended for a variety of scenarios: to protect a weak tooth from decay that is too large to be restored with a composite filling; to restore a tooth that is severely worn down; in combination with other treatment such as a bridge or root canal; to cover misshaped or discolored teeth; to cover a dental implant; or to make a cosmetic modification.
Porcelain crowns provide the best aesthetics and design for crowns because of the material’s natural transparency and luster. Moreover, the strength of the material makes it long-lasting and durable, and the crown can easily withstand chewing and biting activities. Additionally, the material is more bio-compatible and has lower chances of infections and complications related to the crown.
With a porcelain crown you will have the comfort, appearance and durability of natural teeth.
During the procedure, decayed structure is removed and the tooth is prepped and shaped to prepare for the final, permanent crown. An impression is taken to record the shape of the existing structure, and then sent to a lab to make the permanent crown. At a second appointment, the crown will be delivered and permanently cemented.
Porcelain Fixed Bridges
A porcelain fixed bridge is a prosthetic used to replace missing teeth. When a bridge is performed, natural teeth are used as anchors or abutments on either side of the missing teeth and a artificial tooth called a pontic is placed in the site if a missing tooth to "bridge" the gap. Bridges are generally between two to four units, but can be more depending on the case
Dentures & Partial Dentures