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A dental restoration or dental filling is a dental restorative material used artificially to restore the function, integrity and morphology of a missing tooth structure. The structural loss typically results from caries or external trauma.
It is also lost intentionally during tooth preparation to improve the aesthetics or the physical integrity of the intended restorative material. Dental restoration also refers to the replacement of missing tooth structure by restoring dental implants.
Common indirect restorations include inlays and onlays, crowns, bridges, and veneers. Usually a dental technician fabricates the indirect restoration from records the dentist has provided of the prepared tooth. Once a proper fit and bite is confirmed, the restoration is usually bonded permanently.
While the indirect restoration is being prepared, a temporary restoration is sometimes used to cover the prepared part of the tooth, in order to maintain the occlusal space and the contact points, and insulation of the pulpal tissues and maintenance of the periodontal relationship.
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Direct restorations are placed in the tooth in situ, while indirect restorations are created away from the tooth traditionally prepared in a laboratory.
Direct restorations are done using materials such as amalgam (silver colour) or dental composite (white colour) or other suitable restorative materials. If filled by white composite, the filling is photo-polymerized using a blue spectrum light, not to be confused with UV light, and may also be polished.
It is recommended not to chew anything hard for a day or two after fillings, which may dislodge fillings.
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