It’s pretty much a fact of life that your teeth will sustain some kind of damage. Most of the time it is minor damage that simply comes as a result of aging and living a normal life. However, if you don’t take good care of your teeth, or you have to undergo certain dental procedures, or even if you take certain medications, your teeth can be severely damaged to the point that you’re in pain, or at the very least, you cover your teeth when you laugh, talk, or smile.
Our Kennewick, WA dental practice offers a wide range of dental restorations: crowns, dental bridges, and veneers that will repair cracks, fractures, broken teeth, and other serious damage; even stubborn stains caused by medications.
What Is A Dental Restoration?
A dental restoration is any method your dentist might use to repair seriously damaged or even missing teeth. While you will sometimes see dental restoration refer to fillings for cavities only, it can also include:
- Veneers and Dental Bonding
- Porcelain Crowns and Bridges
- Composite Fillings
Each type of restoration solves a specific problem or set of problems by essentially “rebuilding” your damaged tooth or teeth using artificial materials.
A Quick Overview of Dental Restorations Available at Marineland Dental Care
We offer a lot of dental restoration options at Marineland Dental Care. Your dentist will help you identify the solution that will best address your specific problem that is also compatible with your lifestyle.
Veneers and Dental Bonding
Veneers and dental bonding are two different ways to create the same effect. Both veneers and dental bonding cover up teeth that are damaged due to wear or disease, stained due to medications (or certain lifestyle choices, such as smoking), or even teeth that are misaligned. Veneers and dental bonding also provide protection to your teeth against additional damage and staining.
Of the two, veneers are longer lasting. They also come in a range of materials; traditional porcelain, cerinate porcelain (which you might also know as Lumineers veneers), and composite resin (a type of polymer or plastic). Veneers are a dental appliances that are custom designed to fit on your specific teeth, and bonded there with a powerful adhesive. It should be noted that the installation of veneers does require the removal of a small amount of your natural enamel.
Dental bonding doesn’t last as long as veneers, nor is it available in the same range of materials. However, dental bonding does not require the removal of enamel, and it is considered by many to be more cost-effective than veneers.
Porcelain Crowns and Bridges
Porcelain is unmatched in the world of dentistry in how closely it replicates the look, feel, and function of normal teeth. Porcelain is translucent in much the same way natural teeth are, making them blend in with the rest of your teeth; this makes for a much more discrete dental restoration, and nobody has to know you have it (unless of course you tell them; don’t be afraid to give us a little “word-of-mouth” advertising!).
As we mentioned earlier, porcelain can be used to make veneers. Porcelain is also an ideal material for dental crowns and bridges.
A crown is a restoration that works like a cap on the top of your tooth; crowns can fix teeth that have been broken due to injury, tooth decay, or following root canal. Crowns allow your damaged teeth to remain in place by protecting it from harmful oral bacteria that can cause infections and by giving your tooth the structural strength it needs to do its job of chewing and grinding food. It is always better to leave natural teeth in place; the removal and total replacement of damaged teeth is only called for when the teeth are so severely damaged that they cannot be recovered, or your health may be at stake.
A dental bridge is a method for replacing a lost tooth. It is true that technically a dental implant is more reliable than a bridge and will last much longer. However, if you are (for whatever reason) not a good candidate for dental implants, a dental bridge may be an ideal choice to resolve your problem.
Bridges replace teeth that have been lost by supporting an artificial tooth (or set of teeth) made of porcelain between the two teeth on either side of a gap created by a missing tooth. This is accomplished by installing a crown on each tooth; these teeth are referred to as the abutment teeth.
If you have a cavity, but you’re concerned that the fillings will create the appearance of black dots on your teeth, you might consider composite, or “tooth-colored” fillings. The black dots associated with traditional fillings are caused by the filling material: a combination of metals called silver amalgam. Silver amalgam has been in use for 150 years.
Composite fillings are made of composite resin, and they are appropriate for use in any tooth. At one time, composite fillings were only suitable for small fillings, or fillings in teeth near the front that don’t do much grinding and chewing (like your molars and teeth near the back of your mouth). Today, they can be installed anywhere, and because the composite resin can be formulated to match the specific shade of your teeth, you won’t have to worry about those black dots telling the world you have cavities.
Damaged Teeth Got You Down?
Damaged teeth are embarrassing and even dangerous, because they make you vulnerable to serious oral disease. Make an appointment with us today and learn which dental restorations can best help you get your smile back!
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