Restorative dentistry, we have lots of options. They start with your basic fillings. We only use our composite white material, so we won't be doing any silver material on anybody. Those are the basic things. We can also go up to things like the CEREC, which is a millable onlay or inlay. It's made out of porcelain. It gives a little more strength and a little better looks. That's basically where we concentrate our focus on is those white fillings and the porcelain materials.
How We Repair Cavities
Getting a cavity is probably the most common problem you will have with your teeth. At our Phoenix, AZ dental office, we have several restorative dental treatments that will repair the damage.
- A tooth-colored filling (also called a white filling) can be placed in the cavity after the decay and bacteria are removed. The composite filling is colored to match your teeth. It will look much more natural than metal fillings.
- Inlays and onlays can be called partial crowns. Instead of filling the cavity, they cover it with a very hard material. The damage is sealed to prevent more problems, and you can eat and look normal.
- If the cavity is too big, you can repair the damage with a dental crown. Once placed, it seals up the cavity.
Dental Crowns Repair More Than Cavities
Dental crowns look and feel like healthy versions of your teeth. They cover the visible part of a tooth and seal up any damage. If a tooth has a crack that threatens to split the tooth open, a crown will hold it together tightly. A crown even hides stains and imperfections.
Dealing With Chronic Toothache
A toothache that never seems to go away completely is a sign you might have infected pulp. Pulp is the inside of your tooth. It is home to the nerve endings, so when infected, it can really hurt. A root canal will relieve the pain and save the tooth. A small hole is made in your tooth, and the infected pulp is removed. Once the tooth is cleaned with a special laser, it’s sealed up and restored with an inlay or onlay and dental crown.
Replace Missing Teeth
Choosing an appropriate tooth replacement depends on several factors like cost and durability.
- A dental bridge holds a replacement tooth in the gap without surgery. It’s more affordable, but bridges often need replacing every 10 years or so.
- A dental implant uses a surgically implanted titanium root to hold onto a replacement tooth. It’s not as affordable as a dental bridge, but it can easily last 20 years or more. It also provides superior stability.
Repairing Minor Damage
Sometimes, your teeth have damage that’s more unattractive than painful. Chips, hairline cracks, and dark grooves can take away from an otherwise attractive smile. For these problems, Dr. Cavendish may recommend dental veneers. Dental veneers are thin shells that look like your healthy teeth. They are bonded to the front of your teeth and hide all of those problem spots. Plus, veneers add a layer of protection to your teeth.