The Top 6 Restorative Procedures To Help Your Smile

By Valerin Dental Group
January 18, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Restorative dentistry is the treatment of diseased teeth in order to bring them back to their best health. This field of dentistry also includes restorative dentistrythe replacement or repair of defective or damaged teeth. Located in Peoria, IL, Valerin Dental is the go-to dental office for those seeking the latest in state-of-the-art dentistry. Dr. Manny Valerin is one of Peoria, IL's finest dentists. Here are six common restorative procedures to help your smile.

Dental Fillings

Even after trying your best to prevent decay, sometimes the dentist finds a cavity or two. Dental fillings are used to treat cavities and repair cracked or broken teeth. A dental filling is a way to restore a damaged tooth back to its normal shape and function. Many fillings last 20 years or more, and the highest-quality fillings — especially those that are well taken care of — may last a lifetime.

Onlays & Inlays

Dental onlays and inlays are used when old dental fillings need to be replaced. Dental onlays are more extensive and extend over the cusps of the treated teeth. Dental inlays are similar to fillings and fit inside the cusp tips of the teeth. Onlays and inlays preserve the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure while restoring damaged or decayed areas, helping to ensure functional longevity.

Dental Implants

Dental implants have become the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants are titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone beneath the gum line that allows your dentist to mount artificial teeth or a dental bridge into that area. Not only do dental implants end the embarrassment of an incomplete smile, but they also prevent the issues that are caused when the spaces are left unfilled.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges, like dentures and implants, are used to replace missing teeth. A fixed dental bridge is made up of two or more dental crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap and a prosthetic tooth/teeth in between. These prosthetic teeth are called pontics and can be made from alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. A bridge will restore your ability to speak and chew and prevent your existing teeth from drifting out of position.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are placed over teeth -- to restore their size and shape, strength, and improve their appearance. Crowns are made from several types of materials, including composite resin, porcelain, ceramic, or a combination of these materials. In the process of making a dental crown, the material is colored to blend in with your natural teeth.


A denture is a removable appliance that can replace your missing teeth. Full dentures are removable dental appliances that are used to replace a full set of teeth. A partial denture is used when some teeth remain. A denture will improve your appearance and make you look younger. Even a few missing teeth can cause your face to take on a sunken appearance but a denture will reverse that by giving your cheeks definition and shape.

Your smile, it defines you, it's a part of your unique personality. That's why it's important to take great care of your smile by flossing, brushing, and visiting the dentist. If you want to improve your smile, call Valerin Dental in Peoria, IL at (309) 693-2310 right now to schedule your next dental appointment. We believe that everyone deserves a healthy, beautiful smile!