There is more than one way to fix a tooth. If you are the lucky owner of perfectly healthy teeth, you may never need any of these procedures. Most of us, though, will need to restore a tooth eventually. At Allen Park Dental Care, we can help.
These procedures address many issues:
1. Dental Bonding
Bonding is used to repair chips, cracks, stains, and make teeth longer. It is also used to fill cavities. A pliable composite resin is molded to the exact shape required, and hardened with a special light.
2. A Porcelain Veneer
These wafer-thin covers can hide a chip or crack or fix 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 constructed in a dental lab, they are generally called indirect fillings. Inlays are applied to the center of the biting surface of a tooth and are usually smaller than onlays.
4. A Dental Crown
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 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.
5. Dental Implants
A dental implant is often a perfect restoration for a tooth that has been extracted. It restores the entire tooth—both root and crown. Most dental implant recipients report that the implant is indistinguishable from a natural tooth. Dental implants are used in a variety of applications such as anchoring dentures and dental bridges.