Dental Restorations

Think you can avoid breaking, chipping, losing or staining your teeth your whole life? Sure, it's possible — if you never ever put your teeth in jeopardy by playing sports, biting hard candies and drinking soda, coffee, tea or wine. ... Back to reality. (Don't worry, it's not bad.) Dental restorations ensure that you don't have to be too goodie-goodie about your grill. Know why? Dental restorations (especially crowns and bridges) are like the statesmen of restorative dentistry: They've been around for forever, can fix multiple problems and have earned the reputation of being strong and reliable. Find out what to expect from a dental restoration procedure — what you learn about restorative dental work could come in handy sooner than you think! Q: What are dental restorations used for? A: Most people think that crowns, some of the most common dental restorations, are used only to cover a broken or chipped tooth. But this type of dental restoration is actually much more stately than that! The dental crown procedure can be used to cover a stained tooth or dental implant, protect a tooth from tooth decay or hold a dental bridge in place. Dental bridge dental restorations are used to bridge the gap resulting from a missing tooth. Q: Are there other types of restorative dental work aside from crowns and bridges? A: Restorative dentistry is comprehensive, including options that repair and restore damaged, decayed or dislodged teeth. So while crowns and bridges are the most common, other procedures also fall under the 'restorative dental work' catchall, including cosmetic dental bonding, dental implants, dentures and porcelain dental veneers. Q: What's the difference between caps and crowns? A: Actually, caps and crowns are the same thing. Many patients use the term "cap" to describe a dental crown, which is the technical term for this type of dental restoration. Q: What types of bridge dental restorations are available? A: Dentists typically use three types of dental bridge dental restorations: 1) a traditional dental bridge, where the pontic (replacement tooth) is in the center of two supporting dental crowns; 2) a cantilever dental bridge, where the supporting crowns are only on one side of the pontic; and 3) a Maryland bridge, where the pontic is supported by metal wings, which are attached to the back of teeth. Each type of dental bridge dental restoration has advantages and disadvantages. The location of your missing tooth, the health of the surrounding teeth and other factors will help determine what type of dental bridge work is right for you.