Dental Restorations

Dental restoration restores the function, morphology, and integrity of missing tooth structure. Generally, the loss is caused by caries or external trauma. It can also be lost intentionally amid tooth preparation to enhance the aesthetics or the physical integrity. It is also referred to the replacement of missing tooth structure.


The two key steps to restore a tooth in good shape involve:

(1) Tooth preparation

(2) Placement of restorative materials


What are the types of dental restoration?

Nowadays, because of a variety of choices for dental restoration, you have numerous options for repairing, decayed, damaged, worn or missing teeth and restoring a solid and beautiful smile.

Depending upon the nature of your issue, the dental specialist performs one of the following techniques:


Direct Restoration:

Direct tooth restoration includes immediately setting a filling into a prepared tooth depression cavity.

This process can usually be performed in a single office visit.The dental specialist chooses an option in view of the type and location of the filling. For instance, glass or resin ionomers are usually used for replacements close to the tooth root or different ranges not subjected to heavy pressure from biting.


Indirect Restoration:

Indirect tooth restoration includes modified tooth replacements as inlays, onlays or crowns.

A crown covers the whole chewing surface of a tooth, an inlay exists in the cusps of the tooth, and an onlay cover part of the chewing surface. This technique will require more than one office visit because the inlay or onlay must be created in a lab.


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