Any dental work that is done to repair missing or damaged teeth are types of dental restorations, which can include anything from minor fillings to full implants. How long these restorations take depends entirely on what kind of work is necessary. Some procedures can be performed in a single short appointment, while others might be…
Four Dental Restoration Options
A dental restoration can be used to fix cosmetic and structural damage. There are two main types of dental restorations: direct and indirect. Direct restorations are applied directly to the patient’s teeth as is the case with fillings. Indirect restorations are made outside of the patient’s mouth and then cemented into place. They include restorations like veneers and crowns.
Common dental restoration options
Here are some of the most popular dental restoration options your dentist might recommend when you have a decayed or damaged tooth:
Fillings are the first line of defense when it comes to dealing with the damage done by tooth decay. These restorations are applied directly into the patient’s damaged tooth and harden on contact with air or saliva. Fillings close up the holes made by tooth decay so they cannot expand. They can also be used to rebuild a tooth with structural damage.
2. Composite bonding
Composite bonding involves using resins to rebuild and repair damaged teeth. It is a non-invasive procedure that involves applying the composite to the patient’s teeth in layers, then hardening it with a curing light. Local anesthetics are typically not used during composite bonding unless decayed or damaged material has to be removed from the tooth.
As is the case with fillings, repairing a tooth with composite bonding only requires a trip to the dentist. It also happens to be one of the more affordable procedures provided by dentists. Issues composite bonding can be used to treat include:
- Stained and discolored teeth
- Deformed teeth
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Spaces between teeth
- Tooth decay
Crowns have many uses in dentistry as they provide cosmetic and therapeutic purposes. A crown covers the visible part of the patient’s tooth and prevents irritants in the mouth from getting to it. It helps to keep the rest of the tooth intact and protect it against bite forces. Crowns are designed to look just like real teeth, so it is virtually impossible to detect when a person has a crown covering one of their teeth.
Getting a crown often requires two trips to the dentist. The first visit is used to evaluate the patient and to prepare their teeth for a crown by removing enamel. The patient also gets a temporary crown to protect their tooth and an impression of it is sent to a lab where custom crowns are made. After about two weeks, the patient comes in for a second appointment. The temporary crown is removed and replaced with the custom crown.
A veneer is a tooth-shaped oral restoration that is cemented to the front part of a tooth. It is a cosmetic restoration that is recommended when a patient’s tooth has aesthetic issues that affect mostly its front part. Placing a veneer on such a tooth transforms its appearance. Getting veneers typically involves two trips to the dentist.
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