Dental restoration is another way to say dental filling, but it also involves more extensive treatments as well. Tooth decay can develop for a variety of reasons but, if it is found in or on a tooth, it must be addressed quickly to prevent further damage. One of the primary ways we treat tooth decay is with a dental restoration, but this approach is also helpful for cracked or broken teeth as well.
What is a Restoration?
A restoration takes place when a decayed or broken tooth is restored through the application of a special material. These materials include metal, alloy, plastic, porcelain or a combination of materials called a composite. Composites are tooth colored and are most often used on front teeth.
How our dentists treat tooth decay often depends on the severity of the problem. Mild decay can usually be treated with fillings, but severe decay could require a crown, root canal or even removal of the tooth all together.
Crowns are used to repair teeth that may be broken or are severely decayed. In cases such as these, a filling simply won’t be enough to repair the tooth. Crowns are often made of porcelain, gold or a combination material that is man-made.
Root canals may be necessary if the inner part of the tooth, or pulp, becomes infected. In a root canal, the pulp of the tooth is removed so that the tooth may heal.
Fillings and crowns are the most common types of restorations we perform on children and teens, but we offer a full line of restorative services to meet your needs.
Which Restorative Materials are Best?
Which material is best for your child’s filling is influenced by several factors. Different materials offer different levels performance, durability, longevity and expense. Where the filling will be located and the chewing load the tooth will must carry are two of biggest factors the dentist will consider, when determining what kind of material to use for a restoration.
Before we begin any kind of restorative treatment, the dentist will discuss all of the available options and assist you in choosing the best material and approach.
After a Filling
When we do a restorative procedure in our office, it’s normal to have the tooth and surrounding area numbed. This numbness should wear off a couple of hours after the procedure has been completed. Until the numbness has worn off completely, it is a good idea to avoid eating on the affected side of the mouth, and to avoid both hot and cold liquids. The tooth may be sensitive for the first couple of weeks after the filling is done, but this is perfectly normal. If the pain or sensitivity to hot or cold does not go away on its own, you should let us know.
To learn more about dental restorations, call or schedule an appointment today. Our Youngstown office is easy to find and convenient to visit any time!