Restoration treatment is usually recommended by your dentist if you have missing teeth, or if specific parts of your natural teeth are missing and require repair.
Examples of this include tooth structure that is missing due to:
fracture or damage
the deterioration of an existing repair
Restorations can take a variety of different forms, and the type that your dentist will suggest will vary depending on the extent of the restoration required. However, they can include the following:
Fillings are the most commonly used variety of dental restoration and are also the simplest. Created from gold, silver amalgam or tooth-colored composite resin, fillings can be put into your tooth in just one visit to your dentist’s office.
Crowns are also a very popular variety of restoration. They take the form of a tooth-shaped cap, that is designed and colored to match as closely as possible to your existing teeth. Crowns can sit over an implant to take the place of a missing tooth, or to hold a bridge in place, and they restore the strength, appearance, shape, and size of your teeth so well that they are virtually imperceptible once in place.
Dental implants are becoming increasingly popular as they are an extremely robust solution to missing, damaged or unsightly teeth. They are made up of three parts – a titanium screw or post that is inserted into your jaw bone, a crown that acts as a replacement tooth, and an abutment that holds them both together.
Implants are permanent, and once they are in place, you will be able to eat, drink and talk without any impact on your day to day life.