Today, there are a number of dental restoration options. It is possible to have decayed, missing or damaged teeth repaired and your smile can remain beautiful and attractive. Based on the nature of the dental problem, your dentist will carry out one of 2 restorations:
•Direct Restoration – In this procedure, a filling is placed in to the tooth cavity and can be carried out in a single visit. There are a variety of filling options like resin or glass Ionomer and this is one of the commonest dental procedures. This procedure is used for teeth that are not subject to very heavy chewing pressure.
•Indirect Restoration – In this procedure, customized tooth replacements are made in the form of crowns, inlays or onlays. The crown will cover the entire tooth and these procedures require more than just a single visit. Today, different materials like tooth-colored composite and porcelain are used for a more natural look. A crown is a perfect way to cover a tooth imperfection. Before the crown in fitted, the damaged/ decayed tooth will have to be treated and filled. The dentist might fill the tooth/teeth with silver amalgam, gold.
If a crown is not being used and only a filling has to be done, the dentist might offer you the choice of using a composite resin or tooth-colored plastic filling. This looks natural and does not mar your smile.
In some cases, a bridge might be used. These are false teeth that are specifically designed to bridge the gap that has been created by the missing tooth/teeth. They can be anchored to either side by crowns or may be cemented permanently in place.
Dental implants are replacement roots for the teeth. They are a small metal post that is placed in the bone socket where there are missing teeth. This implant is then covered with a crown made of metal or composite material.
Some people opt for dentures. These replacements are removable and cover the missing teeth as well as the surrounding tissue. These dentures are made of acrylic resin and may have some metal attachments in them. Complete dentures are replacements for the entire set of teeth. It is also possible to get partial dentures fitted. These are attached to the other teeth with the use of metal clasps. When you go to a dentist for treatment, they will provide you with all these options.
Source by Susan Solo