Restoration is a term used in dentistry to describe restoring the function of the tooth by replacing missing or damaged tooth structure. Restorations are classified as either:
- Direct- The restoration is fabricated, or made inside the mouth. An example would be a composite filling, amalgam filling, or stainless steel crown.
- Indirect- The restoration is made outside of the mouth. An example would be a veneer, crown, bridge, implant, inlay, or onlay. Common materials used are gold, porcaline, and zirconia.