Restorative dentistry is the processes dental professionals use to replace missing or damaged teeth. Fillings, crowns (caps), bridges, full and partial dentures and dental implants are common restorative procedures. Empty spaces in the mouth are vulnerable to decay caused by plaque build-up. Additionally, gaps left by missing teeth put extra stress on your remaining natural teeth causing them to shift resulting in a bad bite. This can also lead to gum disease and TMJ disorders. The goal is to bring back your natural smile and prevent future oral health issues.