There is more than one way to fix a tooth. If you are the lucky owner of a set of healthy teeth, that’s great! Keep taking care of them. But most of us will need to restore a tooth sooner or later, and this post from Roy Dental Care in Roy UT looks at six common procedures to repair damaged teeth.
A Porcelain Veneer
Thin shells of medical-grade ceramic can hide a chip or crack, or a slightly misaligned tooth.
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 usually 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 generally smaller than onlays. An onlay restores one or more cusps of a tooth.
Bonding is used to fix chips, cracks, stains, and make teeth longer. It is also used to fill cavities. A composite resin is applied to the tooth and molded to the exact shape required. Then it’s hardened with a special curing light.
A Dental Crown
A crown covers 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, and the replacement tooth in a dental bridge.
Dental implants are titanium posts inserted into the jaw, where after a few months it fuses with the bone. Once it does it becomes a rock-solid foundation. One implant can support one replacement tooth, while several can support a bridge or full dental arch.
At Roy Dental Care in Roy UT we are committed to the dental health of all our patients. People throughout Clinton, Layton, and Hooper come to us for complete general and restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!
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