Restorations are the various ways your dentist can replace or restore your missing teeth or missing parts of your tooth structure, or structures that need to be removed to prevent decay that may cause you pain in the future.
The tooth structures can be missing due to decay, deterioration (weakening) of a previously placed restoration, or fracture of your tooth. Dental restorations can fix those problems.
The procedures preceding a dental restoration depend on what type of restoration you’re having. Before any procedure, be sure to keep your teeth as clean as possible by brushing and flossing. Your dentist will discover cavities during a routine cleaning and schedule an appointment to apply fillings.
Examples of restorations include the following:
- Fillings are the most common type of dental restoration. They fill a cavity in your teeth with gold, silver amalgam, or tooth-colored plastic and glass materials called composite resin fillings.
Dental restorations not only help you chew your food better, they also help you speak clearer and give you a better smile.
The most common risk is sensitivity or general discomfort after a dental restoration procedure. Very rarely you may get an infection or have an allergic reaction to the metals used. If you have deep cavities or delay getting cavities filled, that can lead to root canals or tooth extraction. Contact your dentist right away if you have a problem with your teeth.
You may be sensitive or have to only eat soft food for up to 24 hours after a dental restoration. It may take more time to, for example, adjust to your dentures, but in general the recovery time is quick.
You’ll need to brush and otherwise care for your false teeth as much as you would your natural teeth. For example you’ll need to remove your dentures, rinse them, and use a soft toothbrush to clean them.
Take good care of your teeth by cleaning them every day, and attending follow-up cleaning appointments with your dentist. Remember to clean not only your teeth but your:
- Roof of your mouth
If there is a problem with your dental restoration – such as a crack in your filling or dentures that don’t fit properly, see your dentist right away. Also see your dentist for routine cleanings.
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