types of dental restorations

6 Types of Dental Restorations

If you have cavities, missing teeth, or chipped teeth, your dentist will likely suggest a type of dental restoration treatment. Understanding the different types of dental restorations can help you feel more at ease the next time you have a problem with your teeth. At Lifetime Family Dental, we’re happy to answer any questions you have about our restorative dentistry procedures. Read on to learn more about the different ways we can restore your smile. 

What Is a Dental Restoration?

A dental restoration can improve the function, strength, and appearance of damaged teeth. Restorative dentistry involves replacing missing teeth and fixing parts of broken teeth. Sometimes, part of the damaged tooth needs to be removed to make room for the restoration piece or to prevent further tooth decay. Different types of restorations are used to solve different types of problems. 

Six Different Types of Dental Restorations

1. Fillings

A filling literally fills holes in your teeth (cavities) to restore your tooth’s structure. In the past, fillings have been made from silver amalgam or gold. Today, however, they are most commonly made from a composite resin and will match the color of your teeth for a more natural look. 

The tooth filling procedure is simple, minimally invasive, and only requires a single appointment. Your dentist clears out the damaged part of the tooth, then fills it in and polishes the filling to match the original shape of the tooth’s surface. As long as you maintain good oral hygiene, you can expect a dental filling to last at least 10 years. 

2. Crowns

If you have a particularly large cavity, your dentist may need to place a dental crown to protect the tooth. Dental crowns are a solution for weak and broken teeth; they cover the entire tooth while matching its original shape and size.  

Placing a crown involves removing the decayed parts of the tooth, then shaving it down to fit the crown. The procedure is completed in one or two appointments, depending on the type of crown you get. Crowns are typically made from porcelain or ceramic material and can last 15 years or more with the right oral hygiene habits.

3. Composite Bonding

If you have chipped or cracked teeth, composite bonding can restore their shape and function. Dental bonding involves roughening the surface of the tooth, recreating the natural shape of your tooth in resin, then hardening the resin. Composite bonding matches your tooth’s natural color and can last up to 10 years with proper care. 

4. Implants

A dental implant can replace missing or severely damaged teeth that require extraction. Getting dental implants takes multiple appointments. The process involves inserting the implant post into your jaw, then attaching a crown to the post once your jaw has healed. Although the procedure is invasive, implants look and feel similar to natural teeth and can last 25 years or more with the right care. 

5. Bridges

Like implants, dental bridges are a solution for missing teeth, but they do not require an invasive procedure. Getting a bridge involves placing crowns on the teeth on either side of a missing tooth gap. Then, the replacement tooth is inserted into the gap and attached to the crowns. Dental bridges can last 10 years or more as long as you take care of your teeth. 

6. Dentures

If most or all of your top or bottom teeth need replacing, you will need full or partial dentures. There are several types of dentures, including removable ones and dentures that are permanently attached using implants. Depending on the type of dentures you get and how well you care for them, dentures can last up to 10 years. 

Dental Restorations in Gilbert, Arizona

At Lifetime Family Dental we offer a wide range of services to restore the look and function of your smile. If you are experiencing symptoms of cavities or have missing or cracked teeth, don’t hesitate to contact us. Give us a call at 480-558-4331 today to schedule an appointment and find out the best restorative treatment for your teeth. 

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