Restorative Dentistry And Its Applications

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If you have damaged or missing teeth, you may benefit from restorative dental treatments. These procedures aim to restore the function and appearance of your teeth while improving your oral health.

What follows is important information about restorative dentistry and its applications.

What Is Restorative Dentistry?

Restorative dentistry is a branch of dentistry that focuses on repairing or replacing teeth that are negatively affected by dental decay, accidental injury, oral disease, or wear and tear.

The main goal of restorative dentistry is to improve your ability to eat freely,  speak with ease, and smile with confidence. This area of dentistry can also prevent further damage to your dental health.

What Are Some Common Restorative Treatments?

Dental restoration can involve different types of procedures, depending on your specific needs and preferences. Here are some of the more common restorative dental treatments.

Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are used to fill small cavities, which are holes in your teeth caused by the dissolution of the tooth enamel. Fillings can be made out of different materials, such as composite resin, amalgam, gold, glass ionomer, or porcelain. Once a filling is in place, it can stop the progression of decay and help restore the strength and efficiency of chewing.


Crowns are tooth-shaped caps that cover the entire portion of your tooth. Crowns are frequently used to repair large cavities, broken or cracked teeth, or teeth that have undergone root canal therapy.

Crowns, which can be made of metal, porcelain, ceramic, or zirconia, can protect your teeth from infection and further damage. They also improve the appearance and function of your teeth.

Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are custom-made restorations that fit into or onto your tooth like a puzzle piece. Inlays and onlays are used to repair cavities of moderate size. Additionally, they can restore damaged areas of a tooth's chewing surface.

Inlays fill the space between the peaks of a chewing surface, while onlays cover one or more peaks. Inlays and onlays can be made of gold, porcelain, or composite resin. The devices can preserve more of your natural tooth structure than dental crowns while providing a durable and aesthetic restorative solution.


Bridges are artificial teeth that can be fixed inside the mouth to replace one or more missing teeth. Natural teeth or installed implants are covered by bridge crowns to support the bridge and hold the false teeth in place.

The false teeth of a bridge may be made of porcelain-over-metal, all-porcelain, or zirconia. The installation of a bridge can restore your bite, prevent your teeth from shifting, and improve the look of your smile.

To learn more about restorative dentistry treatments, contact a dentist in your local area. 


31 July 2023