A dental restoration is also called as dental filling. It is a process where a dental restorative material used to restore the function and integrity of missing tooth structure. The structural loss typically results from caries or external trauma.
Why to have a restoration?
If a cavity is detected during a check-up, your dentist can provide a dental filling before it develops into a more serious problem. Dental fillings replace part of a tooth that has been lost because of decay, wear or accidental damage.
What is the material used for restoration?
Fillings can be amalgam (silver coloured) or composite (tooth coloured) which gives a more natural look. Composite fillings give a variety of finishes, and can be made it be virtually undetectable from a natural tooth.
What is involved in Restoration?
Your dentist will prepare the tooth for the filling; numbing the area, removing any decay, old fillings or weak areas of the tooth, shape the hole so that the tooth holds the filling in place, then wash and dry the area by blowing water and air onto it. The filling is then placed into the tooth, and moulded into shape.