Restorative Dentistry

Restorative Dentistry

"Restorative Dentistry" is the term dental professionals use to explain how we will replace missing or damaged teeth. The goal is to bring back your natural smile and prevent future oral health issues.


A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. When Dr. hedlund gives you a filling, the first removes the decayed part of the tooth, cleans the affected area, and then fills the cleaned out cavity with a filling material. by closing off where bacteria can enter, a filling also helps prevent further decay.

Dental crowns

A crown is a dental restoration that covers or “caps” a tooth to restore it to its normal shape, size and function.  Its purpose is to strengthen or improve the appearance of a tooth.  A crown can:

  • restore a tooth when there isn’t enough tooth remaining to provide support for a large filling
  • attach a bridge to replace the missing teeth
  • protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • restore a fractured tooth
  • cover a badly shaped or discolored tooth
  • cover a dental implant

What is a crown made from?

Crowns are made from several types of materials. Metal alloys, ceramics, porcelain, composite resin, or combinations of these materials may be used.  In the process of making a crown, the material often is colored to blend in with your natural teeth.  We want to create a crown that looks natural and feels comfortable.  To achieve that, several factors are considered including the color, occlusion or “bite,” the shape and length of your natural teeth and your artificial crown.

    Dental Bridges

    A bridge is a fixed dental restoration (a fixed dental prosthesis) used to replace a missing tooth or several teeth by joining an artificial tooth permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants. Bridges may be fixed or removable.

    Dental Implants

    A dental implant (also known as an endosseous implant or fixture) is a surgical component that interfaces with the bone of the jaw or skull to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, denture, facial prosthesis, or to act as an orthodontic anchor.

    Partial and Full Dentals

    A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues.