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What Is Restorative Dentistry Treatment?

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Dental health is an essential part of your overall well-being, impacting not just your smile but also general health and quality of life. One of the core aspects of maintaining dental health is through restorative dentistry.

Restorative dentistry treatments focus on techniques to replace missing or damaged teeth and restore the function of your bite as well as the appearance of your smile. In essence, it’s our way of restoring your smile and setting you up to address further oral health issues before they become real problems.

Common Restorative Dentistry Procedures

Restorative dentistry encompasses a variety of dental services designed to repair or replace damaged or missing teeth. This is done not only to help improve the appearance of your smile but also to restore your ability to chew, speak, and maintain proper oral hygiene.

By addressing dental issues promptly, restorative dentistry can prevent further complications and promote long-term dental health. Restorative dentistry offers numerous treatments tailored to meet your specific needs. Here are some of the most common procedures:


Fillings are used to repair cavities caused by tooth decay. They help restore the tooth’s shape and function by filling the cavity with materials such as composite resin, amalgam, gold, or porcelain. Fillings prevent further decay and protect the tooth from future damage.


Crowns, also known as caps, cover the entire tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance. They are often used after a root canal treatment or when a tooth is severely decayed, cracked, or damaged. Crowns can be made from various materials, including metal, porcelain, and ceramic, to match the natural colour of your teeth.


Bridges are used to replace 1 or more missing teeth by anchoring artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth or dental implants. They help restore the natural function and appearance of your smile while preventing the remaining teeth from shifting out of place.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a long-lasting solution for replacing missing teeth. They consist of a titanium post surgically implanted into the jawbone, which serves as a stable foundation for a crown, bridge, or denture. Implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth, providing a durable and aesthetic solution.

Inlays & Onlays

Inlays and onlays are used to repair teeth with moderate decay or damage that is too extensive for a simple filling but not severe enough to require a crown. Inlays fit within the grooves of the tooth, while onlays extend over one or more grooves and are sometimes called a partial crown. Both are custom-made from materials like porcelain or composite resin to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth.


Dentures can sit somewhere between restorative and cosmetic dentistry. They are removable appliances that replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues. They come in 2 main types: full dentures for patients who have lost all their teeth and partial dentures for those who still have some natural teeth remaining.

Dentures help improve the ability to eat and speak while enhancing the overall appearance of your smile.

A satisfied patient smiles into a mirror, inspecting her teeth after a restorative procedure as her dentist watches.

Who Can Benefit from Restorative Dentistry?

Restorative dentistry can benefit a wide range of patients, from children to adults. Here are some common dental issues that can be addressed through restorative treatments:

  • Tooth decay: Tooth decay is one of the most prevalent dental problems affecting individuals of all ages. Restorative procedures like fillings, crowns, and inlays/onlays can repair decayed teeth and prevent further damage.
  • Cracked or chipped teeth: Accidents, injuries, or biting down on hard objects can lead to cracked or chipped teeth. Restorative treatments such as crowns can restore the appearance and function of damaged teeth.
  • Missing teeth: Missing teeth can result from accidents, decay, or gum disease. Restorative options like bridges, dental implants, and dentures can replace missing teeth, improving your ability to chew, speak, and smile with confidence.
  • Worn teeth: Teeth can become worn down due to grinding, acid erosion, or general wear and tear over time. Restorative procedures like crowns or inlays/onlays can rebuild worn teeth, restoring their strength and appearance.
  • Pediatric patients: Children with dental issues like cavities, chipped teeth, or developmental anomalies can benefit from restorative treatments. Early intervention can help prevent more severe problems in the future and promote healthy oral development.

The Importance of Regular Check-Ups

While restorative dentistry can address and repair dental issues, preventive care is essential in maintaining long-term oral health and avoiding the need for extensive treatments. Regular dental check-ups play a crucial role in preventing, identifying, and addressing potential problems before they become severe.

Routine dental exams allow us to identify issues like cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer in their early stages when they are easier to treat. Regular cleanings remove plaque and tartar buildup, reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease while leaving your teeth feeling fresh and polished.

Check-ups are also an excellent time for us to provide personalized advice on oral hygiene practices, diet, and lifestyle habits to help maintain your dental health. We recommend you visit us every 6 months for an exam and cleaning—even if you brush and floss every day.

Restore Your Smile with Shin Dentistry

Restorative dentistry plays a vital role in maintaining and restoring dental health so you can enjoy a functional, attractive smile. From common procedures like fillings and crowns to more advanced treatments like dental implants, restorative dentistry offers solutions for a wide range of dental issues.

If you’re experiencing dental problems or simply want to support a healthy smile, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Shin Dentistry. Our friendly and experienced team is here to help you safeguard your dental health. Book an appointment today!

Written by Dr. Charles Shin

After graduating from the University of Western Ontario’s School of Dentistry in 1999, Dr. Charles Shin practiced in Burlington, Ontario before making the move to Stouffville in 2003 to open his own practice: Shin Dentistry.
Since then, Dr. Shin has never stopped his pursuit of learning, continuing his education at the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies while also staying current with the latest technology in dentistry.

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