Dental restorations are restorative appliances used artificially to restore the function, integrity, and shape of missing tooth structures. The structural loss generally results from tooth decay or external trauma. Dental restoration also refers to replacing missing tooth structures using restorative appliances. At Kennedy Heights Dental Centre, we provide different types of dental restorations to restore your smile's healthy function and aesthetics.
Dental restorations are divided into two broad types: direct restorations and indirect restorations.
A direct restoration re-establishes the structure of the tooth and reconstructs it. This is done with the help of fillings which can be made up of either porcelain, metal, or composite material. Fillings are also flexible, making them easy to secure into the tooth. They are inserted into the impaired structure and hardened in a short time. The fillings restore the contours of the tooth.
If the tooth's structure has declined extensively, indirect restoration can augment the lost material. The actual structure of the tooth is not fortified but covered with external applications. Some common indirect restorations include inlays and onlays, crowns, bridges, and veneers.
When the tooth's enamel is damaged by decay, a filling is typically needed to restore its structural integrity. We use composite resin fillings to give you a natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing result. Dental filling applications are quick and easy and are performed without using anesthesia.
Dental crowns will help reinstate a natural appearance and function to your tooth if you have undergone root canal therapy or other restorative procedure. Your crown can be composed of porcelain or ceramic materials, fabricated in a dental laboratory, and placed on the impaired surface of your tooth. A crown may also be employed to conceal a bridge or implant or prevent further damage to a cracked tooth. They can help with cosmetic enhancements like delivering whiter colors and better shape.
Inlays and onlays help fill a cavity and restore the aesthetics and function of your teeth. They differ from fillings as they are fabricated externally in a lab and then bonded into place. An inlay is placed on the sides of your teeth, while an onlay goes over the biting surface and can withstand more significant pressure.
A dental bridge restoration may be the perfect alternative to replace a few missing teeth. Your bridge will be customized to imitate natural teeth and held in position by anchoring onto your adjoining existing teeth. Some bridges are permanent and can only be removed by a dental professional, while others can be taken out and cleaned at home.
To learn more about our dental restorations, visit our office, Kennedy Heights Dental Centre, at 11960 88 Ave, Delta, BC V4C 3C8. You can also reach us at 778.655.4125 and schedule an appointment.