Here at Oceanside Dental Excellence, we love to inform our patients that there is more than one way to fix a tooth. If you are the lucky owner of a set of perfectly healthy teeth, you may never need any of these procedures. However, if you are like most California residents, you will probably need to restore a tooth eventually. Today’s post looks at six restoration procedures that can be implemented with dental technology in Oceanside.
A Porcelain Veneer
These wafer-thin covers can hide a chip or crack or correct the alignment of a tooth that is slightly crooked. Our cosmetic specialists create flawless porcelain veneers that will complement your unique smile.
A Filling, Inlay, or Onlay
This procedure has been used to restore teeth for over a century, although the materials and dental technology in Oceanside have advanced far beyond the old way of performing this procedure. One fairly new option is a white filling replacement for metal fillings. A traditional filling is shaped and molded after it is applied to the tooth. Because inlays and onlays are created 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 commonly smaller than onlays. An onlay restores one or more cusps of a tooth.
Bonding, officially called direct composite veneers, is used to repair chips, cracks, stains, and make teeth longer. It is also sometimes used to fill cavities. A skilled cosmetic dentist applies pliable composite resin and molds it to the exact shape needed. The resin is then hardened with a special curing light.
A Dental Crown
A crown replaces the entire visible portion of the tooth, restoring appearance, strength, and function. Crowns are used for teeth that have had a root canal and teeth with acute decay. Crowns can be made of all metal such as gold, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all ceramic, or all resin.
Dental implants are yet another perfect example of how dental technology in Oceanside has improved restorative dental procedures. Furthermore, many dentists consider a tooth implant to be the ultimate restoration because it restores the entire tooth – both root and crown. Most dental implant recipients report that the implant is indistinguishable from a natural tooth. Another positive is the fact that an implant can prohibit bone recession which is common at an extraction site. Dental implants are used in a variety of applications such as anchoring dentures and dental bridges.
For more specifics about any of these procedures, call Oceanside Dental Excellence at 760-439-3400.
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