When a tooth has tooth decay or a dental infection, or becomes damaged, then a restoration could be necessary. Treatment then prevents worsening discomfort or the risk of tooth loss. In today’s blog, your Lake Orion, MI, dentist discusses our metal-free restorations, such as composite resin fillings or ceramic crowns!
When Teeth Need Repair
Our teeth are coated in a very strong layer of tooth enamel, which helps protect the smile from harmful bacteria, discomfort, and injury. But when an injury or an untreated cavity or infection compromises the enamel, then bacteria can reach the sensitive inner layer of tooth structure to cause tooth decay and infection. This threatens the stability of your smile and could la dot major complications with the health, function, and even the beauty of your smile. Which is when a tooth is injured, or a painful toothache develops, you need to seek repair with our team. We will examine your smile to assess the cause and severity of your issues, and then provide the perfect restoration to bring relief and a lifelike appearance.
For most cases of tooth decay, we can place a filling. Instead of a metal option, we can use composite resin, a metal-free blend of acrylic-like and glass-like particles, which can be shaded to blend with the rest of the tooth seamlessly and also reflect the texture of your surrounding tooth structure. This is also safe for people of all ages. In addition to treating tooth decay in only one visit, the same material has been used in dental bonding procedures to address esthetic issues, such as misshapen, stained, or injured teeth. Again, placement only requires one visit to complete.
A dental crown can help repair chipped, cracked, or worn-down teeth. We also use them to treat adverse decay, or complete a root canal for an infected tooth. Placement could even aid in tooth replacement by securing a bridge or restoring a dental implant. Instead of requiring two to three visits to complete, our team could accomplish this in one visit. With CEREC CAD/CAM technology, we can design and craft the restoration in only one visit, and then attach it to your teeth in the same visit. The ceramic material can be color matched to blend with the tooth and ensure a lifelike appearance.
Bridges and Dentures
If you have a missing tooth, we have solutions. For minor cases, such as one to three missing teeth in a row, we could create a bridge from porcelain that absorbs daily bite forces and offers a lifelike appearance. For more severe cases, we could use porcelain to provide new teeth in a full or partial denture, so you can smile with confidence and eat your favorite foods again.
Does Your Smile Need Repair?
Contact Lake Orion Family Dentistry in Lake Orion, MI by calling 248-693-6213 to schedule your next appointment with our team and learn more about our lifelike dental restorations.