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Pronunciation: res'to-ra'shun


  1. A prosthetic restoration or appliance; a broad term applied to any inlay, crown, bridge, partial denture, or complete denture that restores or replaces lost tooth structure, teeth, or oral tissues.
  2. A plug or stopping; any substance (gold, amalgam) used for restoring the portion missing from a tooth as a result of removing decay in the tooth.

[L. restauro, pp. -atus, to restore, to repair]

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