Most of us are going to need to restore one or more of our teeth at some point in our lives. At The Parkway Dentist in Fort Worth, there is more than one way to fix a tooth, and in this post we’ll look at some commonly-used restoration procedures.
1. Dental Bonding
Bonding, formally called direct composite veneers, is used to fix chips, cracks, stains, and make teeth longer. It can also be used to fill cavities. A pliable composite resin is placed on the tooth and molded to the exact shape required. Then it’s hardened with a special curing light.
2. A Porcelain Veneer
These wafer-thin covers can hide a chip or crack or repair the alignment of a tooth that is slightly crooked.
3. Indirect Filling (Inlay or Onlay)
A traditional filling is shaped and molded after it is applied to the tooth. Inlays and onlays are fabricated in a dental lab, and are generally called indirect fillings. Inlays are applied to just the center of the biting surface of a tooth and are usually smaller than onlays. An onlay restores one or more cusps of a tooth.
4. A Dental Crown
A crown replaces the entire visible portion of the tooth, restoring its strength, appearance, and function. Crowns are used for teeth that have had a root canal, teeth with severe decay, the replacement tooth in a dental bridge, and the visible portion of a dental implant.
5. Dental Implants
A dental implant restores the root and crown of a missing tooth. Most recipients report that the replacement is indistinguishable from a natural tooth. Dental implants can replace one missing tooth, or anchor a dental bridge or full dental arch.
At The Parkway Dentist in Fort Worth we can work wonders with restorative dentistry. We’ve treated patients throughout Benbrook, Arlington, and Saginaw, who also come to us for complete general and family dentistry. Schedule your next checkup today!
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