Restorations, also known as dental fillings, are dental procedures that are used to repair teeth that have been damaged by decay, cracks, fractures, or other types of trauma. Restorations can help to restore the function and appearance of damaged teeth and prevent further damage or decay.
During a restoration procedure, the dentist will first remove any damaged or decayed material from the tooth. They will then clean the area and prepare it for the restoration material. Depending on the size and location of the restoration, the dentist may use a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth.
There are several different types of restoration materials that can be used, including amalgam (silver), composite (tooth-colored), porcelain, and gold. The dentist will choose the most appropriate material based on the location and extent of the damage.
Once the restoration material has been applied, the dentist will shape and polish the restoration to ensure a comfortable fit and a natural appearance. The restoration will then be checked to ensure proper occlusion (bite) and function.
Restorations are a common and routine dental procedure, and they can be completed in just one visit in most cases. With proper care and maintenance, restorations can last for many years and help to maintain the health and function of your teeth.