This Dental Receptionist resource document provides an outline of what restorative or restoration means and different ways that we can help our patients restore their teeth with various procedures done in a dental office.
Tooth restorations are the various ways to replace missing teeth or repair missing parts of the tooth structure. Tooth structure can be missing due to decay, deterioration of a previously placed restoration, or fracture of a tooth. Examples of restorations include the following:
Fillings are the most common type of dental restoration. Teeth can be filled with gold, silver amalgam, or tooth-colored plastic materials called composite resin fillings.
Inlays/Onlays: like a puzzle piece of a missing part of the tooth. The piece fills in and is bonded to the tooth to restore the tooth back to the normal wear and function. Made with similar or same material as a crown.
Crowns or Caps are a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, appearance, to hold a bridge in place or cover a dental implant.
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