Restorative dentistry aims to restore the supporting structures of dentition to the functional and aesthetic conditions that are suitable to your lifestyle. Through both disease and decay, it is common for teeth to suffer damage over time. With an appropriate treatment plan and a regular dental hygiene routine, it is possible to reverse and correct this damage.
There are many procedures that fall under the restorative category, and many of them are standard dental procedures that are performed thousands of times per day around the world.
Traditional fillings are still the common method of restoring teeth from decay, however there are many added benefits of modern dentistry when considering a filling procedure. While old amalgam (silver) maintains its reputation of being the most strong form of filling, there are new composite tooth-coloured options (white) as well as children’s twinky-star coloured fillings. These options help to maintain the white smile that patient’s desire, and have an added benefit for children in making the appointment fun.
When fillings are unable to correct broken or decayed teeth, a crown may be required to fill the void. These are also commonly known as caps. Crowns are typically made in the laboratory after careful molds are made of the tooth. They are usually made of all metal, porcelain fused to metal, or ceramic materials. They will look very similar to your natural teeth, and will help to restore your natural smile.
Veneers are commonly used to correct colour issues, alignment issues, gap problems, and chipped teeth. While these can in some cases provide an excellent method of solving cosmetic problems, they are only used when the situation is appropriate.