A dental restoration is a procedure that uses dental restorative material to restore the function and integrity of a missing tooth. The structural loss typically results from caries (cavities) or external trauma. Dental restoration also refers to the replacement of missing tooth structure that is supported by dental implants.
Tooth structure can be missing due to decay, deterioration of a previously placed restoration, or fracture of a tooth. Examples of restorations include the following:
Restoring a tooth to good form and function requires two steps: preparing the tooth for placement of restorative material(s), and the placement of restorative material(s).
The process of preparation usually involves the removal of any dental decay or portions of the tooth that are structurally damaged. If a permanent restoration can not be carried out immediately after tooth preparation, temporary restorations may be provided as a transition until the permanent restoration can be placed.
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