The more you practice preventive dentistry, the less restorative dentistry you’ll need. At some point, however, almost everyone will need some type of restorative dentistry.
Below are the most common types of restorative dentistry.
Composite / white fillings: Composite fillings are used to replace a missing portion of your tooth that has been lost to decay. These white fillings look more natural in your mouth than silver amalgam fillings.
Crowns and bridges: Crowns are used to restore badly decayed, broken, severely discolored, chipped, or misaligned teeth. Porcelain crowns match the natural color of your teeth and are a much better aesthetic choice than gold crowns. A bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth and is a combination of crowns and artificial teeth.
Implants: As an alternative to a bridge, implants can be used to replace missing teeth, without having to place crowns on the adjacent teeth. A dental implant is a lightweight metal device that’s surgically implanted into your bone. A crown is then placed on top of the dental implant.
Partial or complete dentures: Partial dentures replace missing teeth, gaining support from the adjacent natural teeth. A complete denture replaces all of the teeth and associated structures of the upper and/or lower jaws.