There is more than one way to fix a tooth. If you are the lucky owner of perfect teeth, you may never need any of these procedures. But, if you are like a lot of our San Antonio patients, you may need to restore a tooth eventually. This post looks at restorative dentistry procedures that are available at William J. Stewart DDS.
Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin covers that can hide a chip or crack, or fix the alignment of a tooth that is slightly crooked. They’re a popular choice in cosmetic dentistry, too.
A Filling, Inlay, or Onlay
This procedure has been used to restore teeth for over a century, though the materials and techniques have advanced. One fairly new option is 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 often 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 generally 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. Crowns are used for teeth that have had a root canal, with severe decay, and the visible portion of a dental implant. Crowns can be made of all metal (such as gold), porcelain fused to metal, all ceramic, or all resin.
Many dentists consider dental implants to be the ultimate restoration because they restores the entire tooth, both root and crown. Most dental implant recipients report that they’re indistinguishable from a natural tooth. Another advantage is the fact that implants 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 restorative dentistry in San Antonio, or any other procedures, call William J. Stewart Jr. DDS Advanced Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule an appointment or consultation.