In a perfect world, each of your teeth would stay healthy, strong, and brilliantly white throughout your life. The truth is, however, that most people will need to restore a tooth at some point. At Mason Dental in Grapevine, we’re here for you.
A tooth can be compromised by decay, 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 7 different options for repairing a damaged tooth:
Bonding, also known as direct composite veneers, is used to fix minor cosmetic issues – small chips, cracks, discoloration, and spaces between teeth. A moldable tooth-colored composite resin is applied and shaped. The resin is cured with a special light to harden and adhere tightly to the 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 veneer can cover a chip or crack or mist-aligned teeth.
Modern white fillings are strong and inconspicuous. A minimally invasive filling leaves you with more of nature’s prime dental material — your own enamel and dentin.
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. Inlays are applied to just the center of the biting surface of a tooth (not to a cusp or point) and are usually smaller than onlays. An onlay restores one or more cusps of a tooth.
A crown replaces the entire visible portion of the tooth, restoring appearance, durability, and function. A crown is generally necessary for a tooth that has had a root canal, a tooth with extreme decay, or as the replacement tooth in a dental bridge.
Soft Tissue Grafts
Gum recession puts teeth and underlying bone at risk. Soft tissue grafting can cover the exposed root of a tooth to prevent further damage. Gum surgery is also performed for cosmetic reasons such as reshaping a gumline to eliminate a “gummy” smile.
A dental implant consists of a strong metal post (artificial root), abutment (connecting piece), and crown. Implants have many advantages over a dental bridge. They are stronger, provide virtually natural function, prevent bone recession, and do not impact the surrounding teeth.