Tooth restorations are a common part of dentistry. A dentist can replace or restore missing or broken teeth. Restorations can be fillings, crowns, bridges, implants or dentures.
- Fillings: These are the most common types of restorations. They can be filled with gold or silver amalgams or tooth-colored plastic and glass materials called composite fillings. We use composite resin filling exclusively.
- Crowns: A crown is a tooth-shaped cap to restore the tooth to its shape, size, appearance and strength. Often, crowns are also used to hold a bridge in place or to cover an implant.
- Bridge: Bridges are false teeth that are created to “bridge” a gap that is created by one or more missing teeth. Bridges are commonly anchored on either end of the bridge by crowns and permanently cemented in place.
- Implant: Implants were created to replace the tooth root. They are small posts made of metal that are implanted into the bone socket of the missing tooth. Once in place then the implant will be covered with a crown.
- Dentures: Dentures can be complete or partial and are removable. They are made of acrylic resin and sometimes are combined with metal attachments. They are used to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Complete dentures replace all teeth, whether upper lower or both. Partial dentures and used when some natural teeth are in good shape and the partial denture replaces those that are missing. The partial is attached with clasps to the natural teeth.