Damaged teeth can be a drag. Sometimes, it ends up being something that we’ve done on our own – we’ve not paid attention to the care that our teeth need or what it is that we should do to protect them from future problems.
But, there are also times where it’s not our fault. Maybe there was an accident, or your tooth didn’t grow in correctly when you were growing up. Or maybe you have acid reflux and the reflux ate away at your teeth. In any situation, whether it was your fault or not, you need repairs. How can dentists do that? Let’s take a look.
Obviously, if there are cavities in your mouth, your dentist will want to go ahead and fill those cavities with fillings. These used to be made with different materials, but nowadays, they’re usually made of porcelain or composite resin, because the materials are safer than the old options and they last longer. They also look a lot more like a tooth than any other material, allowing you to hide the filling more easily.
When you get Veneers in St Louis, you’re getting a layer of material placed over your tooth. This is very commonly used in cases where someone is missing a chip out of their tooth, or where a layer of the tooth may have disappeared for one reason or another. The veneer actually covers the outside of the tooth, giving it a smoother appearance and getting rid of any of the imperfections that may have been on the outside of the tooth. Veneers are also made out of porcelain or composite, like fillings, but cover a much larger area.
Crowns are also referred to as caps. These are placed over the top of the tooth when there’s a large cavity that has started to eat away at that part of the tooth. The crown is bonded to the tooth with cement and covers the area affected by the cavity. Like veneers, they are meant to protect the tooth, but because of where they are placed (the “crown” of the tooth), they are named differently and used in a different context as well.
Dental implants are the most complicated of all of the procedures that we’ve discussed here. The dentist will actually put a small metal rod into your mouth to replace the root of a tooth, and then they will put a crown or veneer over the rod in order to make it look like there is an actual tooth there.
Talk with your dentist about your tooth damage and see what it is that you can do in order to rectify the issue. As you look at what it is that you need to get done, you can work out details and know that you’re getting the best care possible. Once you work out what you need from your dentist, you can feel more confident that you’re going to be able to have a smile to be proud of once again.