Fillings are the most common type of dental restoration. Fillings are used to restore the tooth which has been broken down due to decay, trauma or fatigue. Fillings can be made of resin (tooth colored) or amalgam (silver). In some cases where more strength is required, fillings can be made of gold or porcelain.
Crowns are a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape and size, strength and appearance. Crowns are most commonly used to restore teeth with more advanced breakdown of structure. Crowns can be made of gold or porcelain. They are also used to support Bridgework or to restore dental implants.
Implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants are made of titanium and resemble a cylindrical root. Implants are placed into the bone socket where teeth are missing. The implant is covered with a replacement tooth called a crown. Implants are becoming increasingly popular due to their longevity and natural feel.
Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. They are made of acrylic resin sometimes combined with metal attachments. Complete dentures replace all the teeth; partial dentures are considered when some natural teeth remain and are retained by metal clasps attached to the natural teeth.