Restorative dentistry is a range of dental procedures focused on replacing missing or damaged teeth. Restorative dental services consist of a number of dental procedures, including:
Ceramic Crowns. A type of cosmetic crown, which are made purely from ceramic and no other material. This is in contrast to other types of crowns such as the porcelain fused to metal variety and gold crowns. The defining feature of these crowns is that they are made from a translucent material, which is attractive to look at and blends in well with the rest of your teeth. This means a top quality crown which will last for many years.
Metal Ceramic Crowns. Metal ceramic crowns are a traditional type of crown often used in bridges plus crown and bridge cases. They are often fitted onto back teeth and are considered a strong, robust type of crown.
Implant Crowns. Single-tooth implants can be used in people who are missing one or more teeth. An implant is surgically placed in an opening that your dentist makes in the jawbone. After the implant integrates (attaches) to your bone, it acts as a new “root” for the crown that will replace your missing tooth.
Veneers. Ultra-thin shells of ceramic (porcelain) or a composite resin material, which are bonded to the front of teeth. This procedure requires little or no anesthesia and can be the ideal choice for improving the appearance of the front teeth.
Fixed Bridges. A prosthesis replacing a missing tooth that relies for its retention on a composite resin cement.
Removable Partial Dentures. A removable partial denture (RPD) is a denture for a partially edentulous patient who desires to have replacement teeth for functional or aesthetic reasons and who cannot have a bridge (a fixed partial denture) for any number of reasons, such as a lack of required teeth to serve as support for a bridge (i.e. distal abutments) or financial limitations.
Complete Dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
Implant Supported Bridges and Dentures. Similar to a regular dental bridge, but it is supported by implants and not by natural teeth. In most cases, when an implant-supported bridge is used, one implant is placed in the jawbone for each missing tooth. Then the crowns are connected to each other to form one piece. Clenching or grinding your teeth can put a lot of pressure on individual implants. This can increase the chances that they will loosen from the bone and fail. An implant-supported bridge reduces the pressure on the individual implants in the bone, and spreads it across the entire bridge.