What is restorative dentistry?
Restorative dentistry is a collective term for all dental procedures used to rebuild teeth to their ideal functionality and appearance. It involves treating teeth that are decayed, worn down, discolored, broken, or otherwise damaged.
Filling generally refers to techniques used to restore damaged teeth. Filling materials are usually tooth-colored and can be made with ceramics or composites. Ceramics and composites are recognized for their biocompatibility, strength, and esthetics.
Dental veneers are aesthetic restorations that are characterized to perfectly match the color, shape, and contour of a tooth. Veneers can be made in ceramic or composite and can be indirectly created by a dental lab for a dentist, or they can be directly applied as composite by a dentist.
What are the uses of Veneers
- They can treat teeth that are chipped and misshapen
- They can be used to reduce the excessive gap between adjacent teeth
- They can improve the appearance of discolored teeth
- They can be used to provide stability for a cracked tooth
Crowns, also called caps, are restorations that cover the entire tooth. They are indirect restorations that are custom-fabricated by a dental lab according to the shape, size, color, and contour of the tooth. They are used when a filling alone is not enough to restore the integrity and strength of a tooth.