Restorative dentistry is any type of procedure that helps to restore your tooth (teeth) back to its original size, shape, and function.
Once your tooth has been affected by decay ( a “cavity”), a filling may be all that is necessary to repair your tooth. In our office, we only use tooth-colored filling materials (“composite”) to help you achieve the most esthetic outcome for your tooth.
Crowns are needed sometimes when a tooth may need more than a filling to restore it back to function. This may be due to existing large fillings or when a significant amount of decay is present. A crown will completely cover the tooth and prevent it from further fracturing and/or decay. Unlike a filling, crowns are custom-made outside of your mouth at a laboratory and therefore will require two visits.
In our office, we do different types of crowns: all-ceramic (no metal) crowns, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, and gold crowns. We will recommend the type of crown that is best for your needs.
Bridges are used to replace missing teeth; it literally bridges the gap where one or more missing teeth use to be. For a bridge, the teeth on either side of the space are prepared as crowns with a replacement tooth inserted in between.