Despite your best efforts, your teeth can become damaged. Brushing and flossing is vital, but if you haven’t been to the dentist for a good dental cleaning, you could still get plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth. This can lead to tooth decay. Even if you’ve managed to eat right and get in your regular visits, accidents and injuries can crack or even break a tooth. At our dental office in Aventura, FL, we have several treatments available to help with such problems: dental crowns, inlays, onlays, and dental bridges.
What Are Dental Crowns Used For?
Dental crowns are tooth-colored caps fitted tightly over an existing tooth. They are made to look exactly like your natural teeth, both in color and shape. Before a dental crown is placed, any decay is removed and the tooth is cleaned. Then Dr. Bistritz will cement the ultra-thin dental crown over your tooth. This not only covers over any unsightly imperfections, but it also prevents further tooth decay or damage by sealing over the damaged part. (That’s why the decay must be removed first: to prevent any recurrence of the problem.) Dental crowns last a long time, meaning your tooth will look good and be protected for years.
What Are Inlays And Onlays?
If the damage on your tooth isn’t big enough for a crown, an inlay or onlay might be what you need. These restorations cover and seal up any damage and trouble spots just like a dental crown. The difference is in how much of the tooth gets covered. Dental crowns cover the entire visible portion of the tooth, so if the damage is small enough, inlays and onlays are usually the more conservative and affordable option. Inlays are used to repair the surface of the tooth used for biting and chewing, and onlays cover that surface as well as the cusps and side.
When Is A Dental Bridge Needed?
If the problem is a missing tooth, you can use a dental implant to surgically replace the tooth. But for some patients, that procedure is not recommended. For example, if the bone underneath the gap is too thin, an implant cannot be safely placed there. That’s when a dental bridge can help. These artificial teeth are held in place by a pair of dental crowns on either side, connecting the dental bridge to both nearby teeth. And if your jawbone and the surrounding gums are healthy enough, an implant-supported bridge can be used to replace more than one missing tooth.
With dental crowns, inlays, and onlays, you can cover over any damage to protect the tooth from further injury, as well as make the tooth look better and feel better. And a dental bridge can fill in the space left by a missing tooth. If you have any questions about our dental crowns and bridges, or if you are ready to schedule your next appointment, call us at 786-681-1127 or use our convenient online form.
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