There is more than one way to fix a damaged tooth, at Aspen Ridge Dental in Casper. You may never need any of these procedures, but most of us need to restore a tooth sooner or later. This post looks at five restoration procedures that are used routinely to repair a damaged tooth:
1. Dental Bonding
Bonding, formally called direct composite veneers, is used to correct chips, cracks, stains, and make teeth longer. It is also sometimes used to fill cavities. We use a pliable composite resin and mold it to the required shape. The resin is hardened with a special curing light.
2. A Porcelain Veneer
These wafer-thin covers are affixed to the front part of your tooth, and can hide chips, crack, and other imperfections. We also use them to repair the alignment of a tooth that is slightly crooked.
3. A Filling (Inlay or Onlay)
A traditional filling is shaped and molded after it is applied to the tooth. Because inlays and onlays are fabricated in a dental lab, they are commonly called indirect fillings. Inlays are applied to just the center of the biting surface of a tooth (not to a cusp or point) and are typically smaller than onlays. An onlay restores one or more cusps of a tooth.
4. A Dental Crown
A crown replaces the entire visible portion of the tooth, restoring appearance, strength, and function. Crowns are used for teeth that have had a root canal, teeth with severe decay, the replacement tooth in a dental bridge, and the visible portion of an implant. Crowns can be made of all metal (such as gold), porcelain-fused-to-metal, all ceramic, or all resin.
5. Dental Implants
A dental implant may be the best restoration for a tooth that has been extracted. It replaces the root and crown of a missing tooth. Most implant recipients report the end result is indistinguishable from a natural tooth. Dental implants can support one artificial tooth, or anchor dentures and dental bridges.
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