Whether you have crooked, worn, discolored, damaged or unhealthy teeth, there are dental options to help. With dental restorations, your dentist can help restore the natural function of your teeth while also preventing additional damage from decay. Let’s take a look at some options available to restore the look of your teeth.
When you have a cavity caused by dental decay, fillings–which are the most common type of tooth restoration–are used. Dental fillings are performed at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry and do not require a specialist’s care.
Dental crowns are a type of cap that is placed over an entire tooth and are used to protect teeth with cavities too large for dental fillings, weak or cracked teeth, worn down teeth and a vulnerable tooth after root canal.
Additionally, dental crowns are used to anchor a bridge that replaces missing teeth. In most cases, a dental professional will take an impression of your tooth and send it to a lab where your crown will be created. A temporary crown will be placed over your natural tooth as you wait for the permanent crown to be made.
When you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, a dental implant might do the trick. But what are dental implants? Well, they are artificial roots that hold replacement teeth such as crowns or bridges in place.
A main benefit of dental implants is that they look and feel like natural teeth. They can even help improve your bite and speech when teeth are missing. However, dental implants require multiple procedures prior to completion. And while they can take several months to complete, they may last for decades.
This is another cosmetic option for when teeth are missing. Dental bridges are false teeth used to replace missing teeth and are attached to crowns on surrounding teeth. These help to restore both look and function to your mouth.
A dental bridge may require your dentist to cover the healthy teeth on either side of it with crowns to anchor it in place. In some instances, it may also require the support of dental implants under the new teeth.
When missing teeth, dentures might be just what you need. Dentures are removable false teeth that are used to replace missing teeth. In fact, they look just like teeth and their surrounding gums. If you have lost all of your teeth due to injury, tooth decay or gum disease, you may need to get a full set of dentures. But there is also an option for a partial denture if not all of your need are missing.
If your teeth are discolored, cracked or chipped, veneers might be what you need. Dental veneers are tooth-colored, natural-looking shells that cover your front tooth or several teeth. It is considered a cosmetic procedure because they work to perfect the look of damaged teeth.
With proper care, dental veneers may last anywhere from five to 15 years. Consulting your dentist is important if you think dental veneers might be what you need to improve your smile.
Contact us at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry to learn more about what cosmetic options we have to improve your smile.