Dental restorations help you get your beautiful smile back. They are also used to treat severely infected or damaged teeth and to enhance the appearance of one’s smile. Some of the widely used dental restoratives are implants, crowns, bridges, veneers, fillings, inlays, onlays, dentures, composite bonding, etc.
Dental implants are known to be the best replacement for natural teeth. Whenever a tooth needs extraction due to cavities or external trauma, it ruins the aesthetics of the smile, and the remaining teeth tend to drift from their positions. Since implants replace both the tooth root and the crown, they are perfect for restoring an entire tooth.
Crowns are dental caps made from a tooth-colored ceramic material that effectively cover an entire tooth and are used to treat ones that are cracked, broken, chipped, weak, or badly worn out. They are highly sought-after owing to their excellent durability, longevity, and aesthetics.
Bridges are also used to restore missing teeth and are alternatives to implants. They are ceramic structures that are held in position by dental crowns on either side. Bridges help to restore the aesthetics and functionality of the mouth, along with preventing the drifting of teeth.
Veneers are also made from tooth-colored ceramic material and are used to treat the surface imperfections on the teeth. Minor cracks, chipping, discoloration, worn-out tooth surfaces, excessive space between the teeth, etc. can be gotten rid of using veneers.
Fillings are made from ceramic or composite material and are widely used to restore decayed teeth. They help to cover a cavity and also prevent the spread of the infection.
Inlays and onlays
Inlays are alternatives to dental fillings. They are most often used in the case of a very large cavity, as sometimes a filling material could crack the tooth or make it weak. Onlays are similar to crowns, with the difference being that they don’t fully cover a tooth. Inlays and onlays are fabricated in a dental laboratory using tooth-colored material.
Dentures are tooth-replacement solutions used in the case of multiple missing teeth. Together, dentures look perfect as a combination of the gums and teeth. One can easily bite and chew food with dentures on.
Composite bonding is preferred when the patient has teeth that are either chipped or severely worn out. A composite resinous material would be applied on the surface of the affected teeth, shaped according to the contour required, and hardened using a curing light.
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