The term “dental restorations” covers a wide range of procedures used to repair and restore the form and function of damaged or missing teeth. Tonka Smiles offers various dental restoration procedures based on the extent of the damage or loss, which strategies are appropriate, and each patient’s preference. Here are some common dental restorations we offer:

Fillings

Dental fillings are the most common form of dental restoration. Dental fillings are used to repair teeth affected by cavities or minor damage. The decayed or damaged portion of the tooth is removed, and the cavity is filled with a material such as composite resin or porcelain. Tonka Smiles does not use silver amalgam fillings and can replace yours with less visible, healthier options at your request.

Inlays or Onlays

Inlays and onlays are indirect restorations used when a tooth has moderate to extensive damage or decay, but the tooth structure is still viable. Inlays are bonded within the tooth’s cusps, while onlays cover the cusps and a larger portion of the tooth’s surface. Inlays and onlays can be made of various materials, including gold, composite resin, and porcelain.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns, also known as caps, are used to restore severely damaged or decayed teeth. A crown covers the entire visible portion of the tooth above the gum line, providing strength, protection, and improved appearance. Crowns can be made from various materials, including porcelain, metal alloys, or a combination.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge consists of artificial teeth held in place by dental crowns on the adjacent teeth. The crowns serve as anchors to bridge the gap created by missing teeth, restoring functionality and appearance. Bridges are most often used when one, two, or three in a row are missing, and invasive surgery for implants is not desired or appropriate.

Veneers

Veneers, usually made of porcelain or composite resin, are thin shells placed over the front of the teeth and bonded to the surface to repair minor chips, cracks, or alignment issues. Some patients request veneers to correct the discoloration of their teeth. Veneers are often considered cosmetic but can be restorative as well.

Dentures

Dentures are removable dental appliances used to replace multiple missing teeth or a full arch of teeth. They can be complete dentures (replacing all teeth) or partial dentures (replacing some teeth). Dentures can be made from acrylic or a combination of acrylic and metal. Dentures are worn by millions of people and have been a popular option for decades, although they have limitations, including having to be relined, repaired, and replaced periodically.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a long-lasting solution for replacing missing teeth. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. The implants are titanium screws surgically implanted in the jawbone to support a crown, bridge, or denture attached to the implant, which acts as the root of the restoration. Dental implants are the most natural-looking, comfortable dental restoration available.

Choosing a dental restoration option depends on several factors, including how many teeth are being restored, the severity of the damage to the teeth, and whether the teeth are extracted or missing. Cost, appearance, and comfort with each procedure are also crucial. If you need one or more dental restorations, we can explain your options in detail and help you make the right choice for your health and satisfaction.

To learn more about your dental restoration options, contact Tonka Smiles at Tonka Smiles Phone Number 952-938-8533.

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