Just as there is more than one way to skin a cat, there is more than one way to fix a tooth. If you are the lucky owner of a set of perfect teeth, you may never need any of these procedures. But you never know! Today’s post looks at restorative procedures from Crabtree Dental that are used routinely to repair damaged teeth:
Porcelain veneers are thin shells that fit over the front of your teeth. They can hide a chipped or cracked tooth, or correct the alignment of one that is slightly crooked. We custom-fit veneers to each patient. As an added benefit, veneers can also leave you with a dazzling white smile.
Bonding, formally called direct composite veneers, is used to fix chips, cracks, stains, and make teeth longer. Bonding is also sometimes used to fill cavities. We apply a composite resin and mold it to the perfect shape needed. The resin is hardened with a special curing light.
A Dental Crown
A crown replaces the entire visible portion of a tooth, restoring appearance, durability, and function. Crowns are used for teeth that have had a root canal, teeth with extreme decay, the replacement tooth in a dental bridge, and the visible portion of a dental implant. Crowns can be made of all metal (such as gold), porcelain-fused-to-metal, all ceramic, or all resin.
Many dentists consider dental implants the ultimate restoration because they restore both root and crown. Most implant recipients report that the implant is indistinguishable from a natural tooth. They also prohibit bone recession, which is common with tooth loss. Dental implants are used in a variety of applications such as anchoring dentures and dental bridges.
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