The term restorative dentistry is the management of oral health problems and restoring of the mouth to a functional and aesthetic state when some teeth are missing or damaged. 

Fillings, onlays, crowns and implants are common restorative options. The goal is to bring back your natural smile and prevent future oral health issues. It's important to replace missing teeth because neighboring teeth can become misaligned or shift into the vacant gap. Here's the breakdown to help you understand the terms:

What's the difference? Filling / Onlay / Crown / Implant

restorative dentistry

A filling is the most basic dental restoration. The decay is replaced by drilling and filling that empty space. With a filling, composite material is used to fill the space.

Onlays: An onlay is a single-tooth restorations, reserved for larger areas of decay where a filling will not work. An onlay will cover a cusp of the tooth. The cavity is still drilled from the tooth and an onlay is fabricated to the exact size and shape of the space. 

Crown: A crown is a cover or “cap” placed over a tooth that restores the tooth to its normal shape, size, and function - it uses the existing root structure for support. A crown can help strengthen a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining to hold the filling. Crowns can also be used to attach bridges, protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that’s already broken.  It’s also used to cover a dental implant.

Veneers: A veneer is a layer of material placed over a tooth.

Implants: Dental implants are surgically placed in your jawbone, where they serve as the roots of missing teeth to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, denture.

We offer:

In association with the above restorative dentistry:
  • Tooth-colored fillings, all-porcelain crowns, veneers and onlays.
  • In-house  tooth replacement procedures including dental implants, fixed bridges, & removable, custom partial and full dentures. 
  • Highly-effective treatment for tooth sensitivity problems, and the methods and materials to eliminate tooth sensitivity.
  • Oraverse – anesthetic reversal is available to reverse the lingering numbness of your lip and tongue so you can smile, speak and drink normally sooner after your appointment.

See the following videos to explain the processes: