Sometimes, even if we practice good oral health, a tooth can form a cavity or even break. Tooth “restorations” are the various ways your dentist can replace missing teeth or repair missing parts of the tooth structure. Tooth structure can be missing due to decay, deterioration of a previously placed restoration, or a fracture.
Fillings are the most common type of dental restoration but others include:
- Crowns (a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, appearance or to hold a bridge in place).
- Bridges are false teeth that are designed to “bridge” the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
- Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth.