Restorative dentistry can be summarized as the practice of restoring form and function to the bite. Restorative treatments range from correction of the color and shape of teeth, to improving chewing function in patients who haven’t been able to chew with one side of their mouth in decades. And because restorative materials used today more closely resemble the strength and appearance of natural teeth, our restorative dentistry patients are left with smiles that not only look great, but last longer, too.

Restorative dentistry procedures include:

Porcelain crowns – a permanent covering fitted over a decayed or damaged tooth. Crowns resemble the form of your natural tooth, and their porcelain composition gives them a natural, semi-translucent appearance.

Bridges – a dental appliance used to replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge resembles a series of attached crowns, with the crown on each end attaching to a preexisting tooth, which in this case, is referred to an abutment.

Partial dentures – A restoration in which the replacement teeth are attached to a gum-colored plastic base. Partials dentures are used when one or more teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw, and are sometimes connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth.

Fillings – An amalgam or composite material is used to fill a hole in the tooth where decay was removed.

Implant restoration – While implant placement is not performed in our office, Dr. Allen can restore your implant with a porcelain crown once the implant has integrated into your jawbone.

Veneers – Thin, semi-translucent porcelain coverings that are permanently bonded to teeth to restore cracks or chips. Unlike crowns, veneers do not always require the natural tooth to be reduced in size prior to placement.