As a cosmetic dentist office, we can provide you with inlays and onlays that can be used to improve your teeth and smile. Dental damage can cause you incredible amounts of discomfort, making it difficult to bite down and eat without cringing. Even minor damage can lead to tooth sensitivity and irritation. In addition, once you have damaged a tooth it is likely that the damage will spread or become more severe without corrective treatment. This is why we encourage you to visit our office as soon as you notice that your tooth has become damaged. This is especially important if you plan on going for vacation because you never know when the damage will become severe enough to cause you increased discomfort.
Dental Restorations: The Options
If you have minor damage to one of your teeth, we can use dental bonding to restore it. This is a tooth -colored material that is placed onto the tooth and shaped before being hardened. If a crack is small or a chip is small, this can be sufficient for restoring the tooth. However, it is not as strong as an inlay, onlay or dental crown.
Inlays and Onlays.
Inlays and onlays cover the portion of your tooth that has been damaged. They are stronger than dental bonding or fillings but they are not as significant or large as dental crowns. Essentially, these are the midway restorations for teeth that have been cracked or chipped but still maintain a large portion of the actual tooth structure. They look natural and we can place them fairly quickly so that your tooth is restored prior to heading out of town.
If you are missing a significant portion of your enamel or your crack is severe, you may need a dental crown. A dental crown is a cap that surrounds the visible portion of your tooth so that when you bite down, your actual tooth is not touched but the crown is instead. Dental crowns can be created using porcelain or ceramic so that they look natural while being durable.
Dental Restorations Look Natural
We make our inlays and onlays out of porcelain or resin so that they look like natural teeth. This is critical for ensuring that your restoration blends in. As a cosmetic dentist, we are passionate about providing our patients with natural-looking restorations because we feel that a restoration is not complete if you can tell that dental damage used to exist. In our mind, a restoration works best when you can never tell that there was an issue in the first place. Many of our patients find that they cannot even remember which tooth had a cavity, root canal, was previously chipped, or even missing, once we have completed restoring it. With inlays and onlays, we take the same approach and are diligent to ensure that it is sized perfectly. To do so, we will take measurements and impressions so that your restorations are created to your exact specifications
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To restore your tooth before heading out for your summer trip, call our office and schedule an appointment today.
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