Fillings & Tooth Bonding
Cavities often come to mind when thinking of tooth fillings. This composite resin material is not only used for filling cavities, but also for fixing a chipped or misshapen tooth. Tooth fillings will be recommended once a cavity is removed and the tooth needs to be filled. Tooth bonding may be recommended to restore a tooth that’s been slightly damaged. This material is color-matched with the existing tooth when used in bonding. This allows it to blend in naturally with your smile.
Crowns & Bridges
If you are missing teeth, dental crowns and bridges may be a good option for you. Dental bridges are used to create stability for the dental crown before it is placed. A dental bridge attaches to the teeth on either side of the gap, creating a firm foundation for a dental crown. A dental crown is custom-made to perfectly fit and complete your smile. Crowns are made to function and feel just like a permanent tooth.
Dental crowns are also sometimes recommended to save an existing tooth that has been damaged or has suffered from decay. The crown can preserve the tooth that is underneath it and also protect the surrounding teeth from decay or damage.
Inlays & Onlays
Inlays and onlays are similar to crowns, however they do not cover the whole tooth or replace an entire tooth. Inlays cover the top of the tooth inside the cusps, whereas onlays cover the top of the tooth plus one or more cusps. Either option may be better if a full crown is not necessary. Both inlays and onlays work to protect the tooth from damage and restore the look and feel of a tooth.
Veneers cover just the front part of the tooth that you see when a person is smiling. Veneers are meant to cover the front of the existing tooth to help the overall appearance. Your dentist may recommend veneers for damaged teeth such as discolored or misshapen teeth. Veneers are color-matched to your surrounding teeth and blend in naturally with your smile.
An easy treatment that never fails to show results is teeth whitening. Some of the safest and most effective whitening treatments are available through your dentist. With take-home whitening trays and in-office whitening options, you can transform your smile in just one visit or at home over a few weeks.
Take-home trays are made to fit your smile comfortably and securely. The gel is placed inside the trays and worn over your teeth for a certain amount of time each day. You may use whitening trays until your smile reaches the desired shade of white.