Crowns, Fillings, Bridges

Dental Restorations

Dental restorations can help restore your smile, protect your oral and dental health, and allow you to eat, speak and smile with confidence.

Crowns, Fillings, Bridges

Dental Restorations

If your teeth are missing, decayed, damaged or weakened, it’s time to talk about dental restorations.

Dental restorations can help restore your smile, protect your oral and dental health, and allow you to eat, speak and smile with confidence.

What Are Dental Restorations?

A dental restoration is a procedure that helps repair the damage caused by tooth decay, trauma or gum disease. It may also be used as part of an overall treatment plan for improving appearance and function. A dentist will determine which type of dental restoration best suits your needs based on:

  • Your age
  • The condition of your remaining natural teeth
  • How much space remains between your existing teeth
  • Your overall oral health

Types of Dental Restorations

There are several common types of dental restorations available, including crowns, veneers and bridges. Each has its benefits and drawbacks, so we’ll discuss each in turn below.

Dental Crowns

This option involves replacing one or more of your natural teeth with a cap made from metal, ceramic or composite material. The crown protects the underlying structure of the tooth while allowing for normal chewing forces.

Dental crowns provide excellent protection against further decay but cannot replace all original tooth structures. They do not improve bite strength, nor does their placement affect speech patterns. If you have multiple cavities, crowns should only be considered if enough healthy teeth are left around them to support the new crown.


When two adjacent teeth need to be replaced, this is called a bridge. Bridges require at least three implants placed into the jawbone. Once healed, the implant posts serve as anchors for artificial teeth attached to a pontic. This allows you to chew normally without any discomfort. Bridgework requires extensive planning because it takes longer than other options to complete. You must wait until after healing before placing the final prosthesis.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

These fillings are usually recommended when a cavity is small and close to the surface of the tooth. Tooth-colored fillings look like your natural tooth enamel. Many people also choose to replace their metal amalgam fillings with tooth-colored filling material to hide the fact they’ve had dental restorations. These materials include composites and compomers. Both offer good aesthetics and durability. However, these materials tend to wear down over time due to biting pressure and grinding habits. In addition, some patients find that tooth-colored fillings feel different from natural dentition.


Veneers are thin layers of porcelain bonded directly onto the front surfaces of your teeth. Veneers give you beautiful results quickly and easily. Unlike traditional bonding techniques, veneers bond permanently to the outer layer of your teeth rather than just covering up discoloration. Because veneers cover less area than full-coverage crowns, they don’t permanently eliminate sensitivity. But they’re still very effective at masking minor imperfections such as chips, cracks and stains.

Dental Implants

An implant is an anchor post surgically inserted into the bone, where it will fuse with living tissue. It’s used most often to restore missing teeth. An implant can last many years, providing long-term stability and function. There are four basic steps involved in installing an implant:

  1. Preparing the site
  2. Inserting the implant
  3. Stabilizing the implant using screws or cement
  4. Restoring the surrounding tissues

After surgery, you may experience swelling, bruising and tenderness.

Signs You May Need a Dental Restoration

If you notice any of the following signs, contact us right away!

Sensitivity: When eating certain foods, drinking cold drinks or even brushing your teeth, you might notice pain or sharp sensations along the gum line.

The sensitivity indicates that bacteria have penetrated the protective seal between the gums and the tooth, causing irritation and decay.

Missing Teeth: Missing teeth cause problems including difficulty speaking, poor nutrition, increased risk of infection and bad breath. We recommend having damaged teeth restored, so you’ll never lose another tooth.

Discoloration: Your smile could use a little color boost. Discolorations occur naturally on our teeth, but sometimes we eat things that cause staining. If you see dark spots on your teeth, talk to Dr. Kowalczyk about whitening treatments.

Chipped/Cracked Teeth: A chipped or cracked tooth can lead to more severe problems if left untreated. Contact us today so we can help prevent further damage from occurring.

Loose Dentures: Loose dentures can make chewing difficult and uncomfortable. Talk to us about replacing them with new ones made specifically for your mouth.

Are you ready for a dental restoration? Call us now to schedule an appointment.


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