In a perfect world, each of your teeth would stay healthy, strong, and brilliantly white throughout your life. Unfortunately, most of us will need to restore a tooth at some point. At St. Mary’s Dental in Mechanicsville MD, we can help.
A tooth can be compromised by decay, enamel erosion, a chip or crack, gum disease, or injury. Sometimes old restorations break and need to be replaced, or root canals performed decades ago develop an abscess.
Here are seven different options for repairing a damaged tooth:
- Dental Bonding: Bonding is used to fix minor cosmetic problems like small chips, cracks, discoloration, and spaces between teeth. A composite resin is applied and shaped as necessary.
- Porcelain Veneers: Dental veneers are wafer-thin shells that are permanently attached to the front of natural teeth. They can cover chips, cracks, and gaps, or the alignment of a tooth.
- Fillings: Modern white fillings are strong and inconspicuous. Patients love them because they blend in so well with natural tooth color. People concerned about the safety of metal fillings often replace those with non-metal white fillings.
- Inlays and Onlays: Inlays are applied to the center of a tooth’s biting surface of a tooth (not to a cusp or point). An onlay restores one or more cusps of a tooth.
- Crowns: A porcelain crown replaces the entire visible portion of the tooth, restoring appearance, strength, and function. It is often necessary for a tooth that has had a root canal, has severe decay, or as the replacement tooth in a dental bridge.
- Soft Tissue Grafts: Gum recession puts teeth and underlying bone at risk. Soft tissue grafting can cover the exposed root of a tooth to prevent further damage. Gum surgery is also done for cosmetic reasons, such as reshaping a gum-line.
- Dental Implants: Implants are titanium posts that are inserted into the jaw. Once they fuse with the bone implants, they can support one or more artificial teeth.
At St. Mary’s Dental in Mechanicsville MD, we offer complete restorative dentistry. People from North Waldorf, East Huntingtown, and South Laplata also come to us for cosmetic options. Request an appointment!