A tooth can become broken or chipped by an accident, or decay can cause cavities. If you have a tooth that has become damaged by trauma or decay, there are several restorative techniques that can help you have a healthy-looking smile again. These are some of the most common treatments for dental problems.
Cavities are extremely common in the United States among people of all ages. Composite fillings are often preferred today because they match the color of the natural tooth, unlike amalgam fillings.
Porcelain Inlays and Onlays
For a large cavity, a porcelain inlay or onlay may be necessary. An inlay fills a cavity located between the cusps of a tooth, and an onlay fills a cavity on the cusps. The porcelain matches the color of the natural tooth.
A crown is a versatile treatment that can be used to fix several types of problems. A crown can cover a tooth that is stained and discolored, protect a tooth from cavities, repair a broken tooth, or hold a bridge in place. A crown can be made of porcelain, ceramic, or a composite material, as well as metals such as gold, nickel, or chromium.
Dental bonding is a quick and easy way to fix a minor crack or chip in a tooth and protect it from further trauma. Dental bonding can also be used to close a diastema (gap between teeth) or to alter the shape of a tooth. Bonding is less expensive and takes less time than making a crown.
Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain or ceramic shells that are placed over natural teeth to change their color, shape, or alignment. Porcelain veneers can be completed in one visit, but they can be expensive.
A bridge can fill a gap where a tooth is missing. A bridge consists of an artificial tooth, or pontic, and dental crowns. A bridge is permanently attached to the abutment teeth on each side of the gap. A bridge can be made of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal, a cantilever bridge fixed to only one abutment tooth, or a Maryland bonded bridge that is generally used on front teeth.
A dental implant can replace one or more missing teeth. Implants are surgically implanted into the jawbone and look and feel like natural teeth. Implants cost more than other dental treatments and take longer to complete.
Dentures are also used to replace missing teeth. Partial dentures can be removable or fixed. Full dentures are removable. Dentures are less expensive than dental implants.
Schedule an Appointment at Fried Dentistry
If you have a cavity or a tooth that has been injured by trauma, you have many treatment options. Don’t wait to have the problem fixed because it could get worse and you could wind up in significant pain. Schedule an appointment at Fried Dentistry in Wallingford, Connecticut. We can help with a filling, crown, bridge, dentures, or an implant. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.