If your teeth are missing, decayed, weakened or fractured, you may need a dental restoration. Examples include fillings, crowns, implants, bridges and dentures. Book a consult appointment with our North Burnaby dental office if you’re having any issues with your teeth.
What are the types of dental restorations?
5 Examples of restorations include the following:
- Fillings are the most common type of dental restoration. They fill a cavity in your teeth with gold, silver amalgam, or tooth-coloured material called composite.
- Crowns are a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and appearance, to hold a “bridge” (fixed partial denture) in place, or to cover a dental implant. Teeth frequently need to be reduced evenly around the tooth so that the crown will perfectly restore the size and shape of the tooth. Once the crowns are attached, they completely cover the damaged teeth to the gumline. They are, of course, customized to fit your unique needs. Crowns can vary in shape and size and are made from various materials such as ceramics, porcelain, metal, gold, and resin. Dental crowns may be the ideal solution for your oral problems if you have decayed, damaged, cracked, or fractured teeth. Rest assured that this treatment is customized to your needs to get consistently good results in the end. With dental crowns, your teeth will not only look better and healthier, they will also prevent further damage. Dental crowns are the perfect treatment for you if you want to restore the strength, function, and pleasing appearance of your teeth.
- Implants are small, anchoring posts made of metal (usually of titanium or a titanium mixture) that are placed into the bone socket where teeth are missing.
- Bridges (fixed partial denture) are false teeth that are designed to “bridge” the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Bridges can be anchored on either side by crowns and cemented permanently into place. Bridges are made from porcelain, gold, alloys, or a combination.
- Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. They are made of acrylic resin, sometimes combined with metal attachments. Complete dentures replace all the teeth. Partial dentures are considered when some natural teeth remain, and are retained by metal clasps attached to the natural teeth.