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Dental Restoration Procedure

Old dentistry may have involved fillings that were composed of metal. These old fillings may become weak creating a weakened state of the tooth structure, putting one at risk for decay and stress fractures or cracks. A dental restoration may be necessary in restoring the strength and integrity of one’s teeth and may ward off reoccurring decay. When facing a dental restoration, may questions can arise like the ones asked below.

What is a dental restoration?

Dental restorative material used to restore the function, integrity and morphology of a missing tooth structure that may be a result of a decay, cavity, or external trauma may be referred to as a dental restoration. Dental restoration may also be referred to as the replacement of missing tooth structure supported by dental implants. Continue to read Expert answers about dental restoration procedures.

When undergoing a restoration of old crowns and bridges a black stain at the gum line was found can this cause bad breath?

The black stain may be a presence of Calculus, with normal brushing this could be difficult to keep clean. Calculus is a mineralized form of plaque deposits that may become hard over a period of time. Sub gingival plaque is composed of bacteria which cannot exist in an environment containing oxygen. These are the odor-causing bacteria. Periodontal abscess or pus formation which may cause a pocket formation may lead to gingival sulcus. This may cause a plaque accumulation which may lead to leakage. If someone is suffering from old crowns and bridges with black stains, this individual can have a complete scaling and root planning done for the region in question before proceeding with the dental restoration.

How does an individual know if a surface crack line on a cusp of a tooth is an actual fracture?

The depth of the fracture is an important consideration when determining whether or how to implement a dental restoration or repair. The extent of the fractures may be assessed by an x-ray, use of a bright light or a visual evaluation. A crack that does not penetrate into the dentinal layer might not merit a repair. If the fracture extends into the deeper layers, this may require one to structurally re-build the tooth with an indirect cast restoration, such as an on lay or a crown. A root canal may be necessary if the fracture penetrated the pulp of the tooth. If the crack appears to enter the area of an existing filling, the filling may need to be removed for further evaluation.

How many types of veneers are available when undergoing tooth restoration?

There may be only one type of veneer when describing the type of restoration but could be hundreds of types of veneers when including the various methods and brand names. A dental restoration that covers the front surface of your tooth may be classified as a veneer. A veneer can be made to match the color of your existing teeth or to enhance in choosing a different color. Veneers might be placed directly over the surface of a tooth, or the tooth can be shaved to various degrees before placement of the veneer. Veneers may be made of porcelain or composite, a type of reinforced plastic. There are dental laboratories that have given brand names to their veneers giving literally hundreds of options in veneers.

What might cause a metallic taste in someone’s mouth?

There could be a number of possibilities for a metallic taste. Older fillings made of silver and dental crowns that may have decay present at the margins of the filling may give one a metallic taste. If a dental restoration, crown or silver filling, were to fail one might experience a metallic taste.

A health condition known as Bell's Palsy is also associated with a “metallic taste”. One may want to set up an appointment with their dentist if silver fillings and crowns are present for a dental restoration evaluation first in determining the cause.

Direct restorations and indirect restorations are two types of dental restorations. Location and size may further classify a dental restoration. A root canal filling is a restorative technique used to fill the space where dental pulp normally resides. When reoccurring decay affects a filling or root canal one may find them with a dental restoration to clear up the decay in avoiding any risk of infection. For more information about dental restoration procedures and the cost of a dental restoration, one may turn to the Experts.
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