Hello, friends of Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS! As the saying goes, there is more than one way to skin a cat (although I don’t know anyone who would want to). Likewise, there is more than one way to fix a tooth.
Your Urgent Care Dentist Offers a Variety of Tooth Restoration Options
If you are the lucky owner of a set of perfectly healthy teeth, you may never need any of these procedures. However, if you are like most Utah residents, you will probably need to restore a tooth eventually. Today’s post looks at six restoration procedures that are used routinely to repair damaged teeth:
These wafer-thin covers can hide a chip or crack or correct the alignment of a tooth that is slightly crooked.
A Filling, Inlay, or Onlay
This procedure has been used to restore teeth for over a century, though the materials and techniques have advanced. One fairly new option is the white filling replacement for metal fillings. A traditional filling is shaped and molded after it is applied to the tooth. Because inlays and onlays are created 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 frequently smaller than onlays. An onlay restores one or more cusps of a tooth.
Some urgent care dentists have CEREC technology. This allows them to fabricate restorations in their office in one appointment.
Bonding, officially called direct composite veneers, is used to correct chips, cracks, stains, and make teeth longer. It is also sometimes used to fill cavities. A skilled cosmetic dentist applies the pliable composite resin and molds it to the exact shape needed. The resin is then hardened with a special curing light.
A crown replaces the entire visible portion of the tooth, restoring appearance, stability, and function. Crowns are used for teeth that have had a root canal, teeth with acute 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.
As mentioned previously, a CEREC CAD/CAM milling machine allows dentists to create a crown in-office.
Many dentists consider a tooth implant to be the ultimate restoration because it restores the entire tooth–both root and crown. Most dental implant recipients report that the implant is indistinguishable from a natural tooth. Another advantage is the fact that an implant can avoid bone recession which is common at an extraction site. Dental implants are used in a variety of applications such as anchoring dentures and dental bridges.
Your Murray urgent care dentist offers a variety of tooth restoration options.
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