What is a Dental Restoration?

Posted on: September 6, 2018

Dental restorations refer to the various treatments aimed at restoring or repairing lost teeth or damaged areas of a tooth. Portions of the tooth may be lost due to decay, degradation, deterioration from prior restoration or even injuries. 

Examples of Different Dental Restoration Options

Dental bridges

Dental bridges, implants, and partial dentures are all restoration options for missing teeth that may otherwise have negative impacts on your mouth. Potential adverse effects of one or several missing teeth include bite alteration that may affect speech and food consumption, and teeth shift into the open space. Missing teeth also exposes your oral cavity to decay and periodontal diseases.


The process applies to every dental restoration option and only require a single dental appointment. It is used for chips, teeth discoloration, splotches caused by braces, teeth gaps, and crooked teeth. The restoration is inexpensive and straightforward.

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is necessary for extensive tooth decay, worn enamel, tooth cracks, missing teeth, or an abnormal bite caused by teeth abrasion, and teeth beautification. Dental crowns help the teeth function normally by increasing its strength and restoring its appearance. It covers the crown entirely, and the mold fits the tooth perfectly.

Dental Fillings

This restoration is necessary when the tooth suffers decay or cavities, or when the tooth surface is injured. Dental fillings may also help the tooth function better for chewing or biting. Patients who have teeth sensitivity due to enamel degradation may even get a respite after getting dental fillings.

Multiple filling materials are available for fixing injured or decayed teeth. You can choose silver amalgam fillings, white composite or porcelain fillings, or the more recent zirconium filling materials. Each of the different elements has its strong and weak points.

Dental Implants:

In many situations, the only way to restore the essential roles of the teeth and adjacent structure is through dental implants. An implant may substitute a missing tooth or multiple implants used as a foundation for dental bridges when several teeth are lost. Also, implants may be necessary to hold dentures in place and reduce gum irritation.

Another plus for implants is that there is no need to prepare adjacent teeth for the procedure. The dentist will perform a thorough dental evaluation to determine if you require dental implants.


Depending on the number of missing teeth, dentures can be either full or partial. This restoration is used for people who have lost several teeth due to infection or accident. Dentures are urgent restorations because delays could cause further damage to the oral cavity.

Full Mouth Reconstruction

Known as 'full mouth restoration,' reconstruction is the process of rehabilitating your entire mouth including the lower and upper jaws. Complete mouth restoration requires multiple visits and may take up to a year before completion.

Inlays and Onlays

Only a particular set of dentists use inlays and onlays as methods of restorations. They are often used as an alternative when full dental crowns is not an option. Inlays and Onlays can also substitute traditional dental fillings for treating cavities and other structural damages to the tooth.

Looking for Dental Restoration near the 75051 area? Call Definitive Dental: Peter Guirguis DDS at (972) 534-6000.

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