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Restorative Dentistry.

What Is Restorative Dentistry?

There are 2 major categories for dental restoration: direct and indirect restoration. There are also further classifications depending upon various criteria.

Types of Dental Restoration

Direct.

Here a soft material is added into the prepared tooth. Before this material is set hard, the tooth is built up. The advantage of such a procedure is that it is a quick process. These filling could either be tooth-coloured or silver filling.

Indirect.

This process refers to restoration process that occurs outside the mouth. A dental impression of the prepared tooth is required in this case. Veneers, inlays & on lays, crowns and bridges are the common forms of indirect restoration. This 2 visit procedure involves fabrication of indirect of tooth and permanent bonding with dental cement.

INLAY/ONLAYS

A dental inlay is similar to a filling and fits inside the cusp tips (top edges) of the tooth. A dental onlay is more extensive and extends over the cusps of the treated tooth.

They are restorations used to repair rear teeth with mild to moderate decay or cracked and fractured teeth that are not sufficiently damaged to need a crown.

How is it done?

The decayed portion of your tooth is removed and an impression of the tooth preparation is taken and sent to the lab for the fabrication of the inlay/onlay.

A temporary restoration is placed in your tooth while your permanent inlay/onlay is being created.

At a recall visit, the permanent restoration is fitted in and cemented in to blend in perfectly.

The restoration can either be made of porcelain, gold or metal.

BENEFITS

They are durable

They strengthen the tooth

They help prolong tooth life

Easy to clean and maintain.