What is tooth restoration?

Published On: Jul 31 2014 09:39:46 AM HST
Updated On: Aug 13 2014 05:35:56 PM HST
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By Mayo Clinic News Network

Teeth can be built up and resurfaced through various treatments. Natural or synthetic bone material may be grafted to the jawbone to build up the facial and jawbone contours. Surfaces of individual teeth can be covered with an artificial material such as porcelain. The tooth can be built up using another material onto which the new surface is applied. Teeth may need to be strengthened to serve as anchors for replacement teeth.

Restoration Risks

The risks associated with tooth restoration may include:

  • An allergic reaction to local anesthesia
  • Need for further treatment such as root canal therapy, gum recontouring, or tissue grafting

Restoration Key Facts

Anesthesia: General anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation for some procedures
Length of procedure:
Length of stay: Typically return home the same day
Discomfort: Mild to moderate
Anticipate: Mild to moderate soreness in the jaw and mouth
Final result: Within months for restorations, slightly longer for restorations on dental implants
Duration of results: May need replacement at 10-year intervals on average

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/cosmetic-surgery/care-at-mayo-clinic/cosmetic-dentistry/prc-20022389

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