There are several types of dental restorations, and for children who damage or lose their baby teeth, a temporary restoration can be a better (and more affordable) choice. However, at ABC Dental we offer every available option to fit your preferences, needs and budget. The term “dental restoration” is sometimes used interchangeably with “filling” and other dental interventions. Basically, it “restores” a tooth that’s been chipped, broken or knocked out by some type of trauma. This helps preserve the structure of the mouth while keeping you or your child’s smile as infectious as it’s always been.
There are two major steps to restoring a tooth: Prepping of the tooth itself and placing the restorative materials into the mouth. Depending on the type of damage and severity, you or your child will probably have to have additional pieces of the tooth cut or drilled down to make room for the restoration. This is also the time to remove decay or pieces of the tooth that aren’t healthy.
Types of Materials
For our patients in Oklahoma City, there are several options for fillings and restorations. You can choose from composite tooth colored fillings, porcelain or glass ionomer, and even gold. We also use stainless steel for any crowns your child may need.
Direct vs. Indirect
There are two major types of tooth restorations: Direct and indirect. With direct restorations, a “soft filling” is put in the prepped tooth in order to build it up before hardening. Usually this quick process can be done in one office visit. This procedure results in a very solid restoration that can stand up to the wear and tear a child might demand of it.
Indirect restorations require dental impressions and then the filling is created outside the mouth. This is common for bridges, inlays, crowns and veneers—basically more advanced restorations. The finished product is then “bonded” directly onto teeth via a very strong cement.