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3 Common Restorative Dentistry Procedures You May Need in Your Life

Posted on 12/15/2015 by Raymond Liu
A diagram of how a dental bridge works.Restorative dentistry refers to managing oral health problems and restoring the mouth to an ideal functional state. It also involves improving the appearance of the smile so that your teeth look natural and beautiful. Most general dentists will perform restorative dentistry procedures, and three of the most common are explained below.

Dental Fillings

White, composite fillings are great for restorations. Not only will fillings help to treat cavities in order to prevent future problems, but the composite materials are also great because they match the color of the natural teeth. However, more traditional materials like gold and silver are still useful in the dentistry practice because of their durability, and they are especially useful in the back teeth where they are less noticeable and biting pressures tend to be greater.

Dental Bridges

A bridge is also known as a fixed partial denture. It is a tooth restoration that will replace the space where you are missing one or more teeth. Perhaps the teeth fell out or were removed due to decay. Regardless of the reason that you are missing teeth, a bridge will help to restore the function and appearance of your smile while maintaining your face shape and reducing the stress placed on your bite due to the missing teeth.


Partial or full dentures will give someone who has lost some or all of their teeth the ability to smile, speak, and eat like normal again. Full dentures replace all of the natural teeth to provide support for the lips and cheeks, and without this restoration, the facial muscles could sag. Partial dentures will replace missing teeth so that the rest of the teeth don't start to shift.

If your teeth are in need of some work to make them appear and function like normal, contact our office. We can discuss the restorative dentistry options that might be best for you.

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