In a perfect world, each of your priceless teeth would stay healthy, strong, and brilliantly white throughout your life. The truth is, however, that most men and women will need to restore a tooth at some point.
A tooth can be compromised by dental caries, enamel erosion, a chip or crack, gum disease, or injury. Sometimes old restorations break and need to be replaced or root canals performed decades ago develop an abscess. Here are 6 different options for repairing a damaged tooth:
Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin tooth-shaped fronts that are permanently bonded to your natural teeth. They are used when the underlying tooth is structurally sound and free of tooth decay. A beautiful veneer can cover a chip or crack or fix the alignment of a tooth that appears slightly off.
Modern white fillings are strong and inconspicuous. A minimally invasive filling at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry leaves you with more of nature’s ideal dental material — your own enamel and dentin. We can also replace old amalgam fillings with white fillings. This makes your teeth look a lot better every time you open your mouth. Get rid of all that metal!
Inlays and Onlays
A traditional filling is shaped and molded after it is applied to the tooth. Because inlays and onlays are fabricated in a dental lab, they are usually called indirect fillings. A less invasive inlay or onlay may be used instead of a traditional filling or, in some cases, a crown. Inlays are applied to just the center of the biting surface of a tooth (not to a cusp or point) and are often smaller than onlays. An onlay restores one or more cusps of a tooth.
A dental crown replaces the entire visible portion of the tooth, restoring appearance, stability, and function. A crown is frequently necessary for a tooth that has had a root canal, a tooth with acute decay, or as the replacement tooth in a dental bridge. Attaching a crown to the abutment is the final step of a tooth implant procedure. Crowns can be made of all metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all ceramic, or all resin.
Soft Tissue Grafts
Gum recession puts teeth and underlying bone at risk. Soft tissue grafting can cover the exposed root of a tooth to prohibit further damage. Gum surgery is also performed for cosmetic reasons such reshaping a gum line to eliminate a “gummy” smile.
What if a tooth has to be extracted because it is beyond saving? For many Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry patients, a dental implant in La Mesa anchored into the bone is the ideal solution. A tooth implant consists of a strong metal post, abutment , and beautiful crown. A dental implant in La Mesa had many advantages over a dental bridge. They are stronger, provide virtually natural function, prevent bone recession, and do not affect the surrounding teeth. For patients with several missing teeth, custom implant-anchored dentures can be developed in any configuration required.
For more details about procedures such as a dental implant in La Mesa, call Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry at 619-337-7700. Thanks for visiting the Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry blog. We appreciate your interest in our La Mesa dental practice. Our team looks forward to hearing from you!