Dental restoration is the work we do to repair a patient's teeth to their original condition. Restoration refers to a number of procedures, all of which are used to improve the look and function of your teeth. We are committed to helping you look and feel your best!
It probably won't surprise you to learn that fillings are the most common form of dental restoration. Fillings are used to correct cavities, cracks, or other forms of minor damage. After drilling to remove the damaged parts of the tooth, the dentist fills it in with either a metal or composite resin filling material. Quick and relatively painless, this common procedure is performed with skill and care.
If a tooth has too much damage or decay for a regular filling, a crown can restore the tooth more completely. The crown is made of ceramic, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal or gold alloy. The crown fits over the damaged tooth like a cap, protecting it and restoring its look and function. Crowns are also sometimes recommended after root canals to complete the tooth's repair.
An attractive and modern restoration technique, inlays are durable and custom-made to fit within the tooth, providing more coverage. Made of the same materials as crowns, an inlay fits snugly within the tooth, preventing further decay, and bonding permanently within the tooth's contours.
Onlays are like inlays that go one step farther, by going over the edges of the tooth's interior, right down to the root if needed. Just like inlays, onlays are custom-made and provide a tight, attractive seal to the tooth, giving it both protection and an attractive look.
If you have one or more missing teeth, you may be a good candidate for a bridge. Just like the name suggests, the bridge is a dental appliance that spans from one side of a gap to another, in this case filling in that gap with artificial teeth. Bridges can bring the look of your smile back to its former glory, and restore the use of your entire bite.
Whether it's a straightforward filling or a more complex repair of your teeth with inlays, onlays, crowns, or bridges, you can trust your team at Coastline Dental to help you get the most out of your smile.