Dental restorations are the techniques your dentist uses to restore a damaged tooth structure where parts of the tooth may be missing. This may have been caused by an accident, by decay or where a previous restoration has simply worn out. Restoration also includes replacing a damaged or missing tooth or teeth.
One approach to replacing a missing tooth is to fit a dental bridge. A bridge is basically a false tooth that can be affixed to the teeth at either side of the missing one and is cemented permanently into place. An implant bridge is more complex and attaches the replacement teeth under the gum or directly to the jaw. This requires that your gums and bone are in a good and healthy condition. A bridge can be made from porcelain or other modern materials. Your dentist will advise you on the options that are currently available.
Dental crowns are like caps that are placed over a damaged tooth or a dental implant. Crowns restore both the appearance and integrity of the original tooth.