By Mike White, DDS
January 04, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Need to make changes to your flawed or damaged smile? Learn more about dental restorations that could help.

As we get older there are many variables that can affect the health of our teeth. Whether you play sports or you are a serious teeth dental restorationsgrinder, there are many scenarios that can affect the cosmetic appearance and health of your smile. From the office of our Chehalis, WA, dentist Dr. Michael White, learn more about the different types of dental restorations and when they are the best option for your smile.

Dental fillings: If you have a cavity then a dental filling tends to be the best way to restore a tooth. A dental filling can be made from different materials but tooth-colored material such as composite resin tends to be the most cosmetically attractive. Dental fillings are bonded to the tooth to shape and restore the tooth back to its normal appearance.

Dental bonding: Whether a tooth has a small chip or discoloration or you want to fill a small gap between teeth, dental bonding is a simple and painless way to cover these areas of your smile with tooth-colored resin. Bonding can often be performed in just one visit. A solution will be placed over the tooth to etch the surface and make it easier for this shapeable material to stick to enamel. Once the material is shaped our Chehalis general dentist will harden it with a laser.

Dental crowns: Whether you have a damaged tooth or a tooth that is severely malformed or has severe aesthetic issues a dental crown might be the best restoration for the job. This tooth-shaped cap is placed over the tooth to protect and strengthen the natural crown of the tooth. The tooth will need to be prepared beforehand so that the dental crown will fit over the tooth.

Dental veneers: If you want to hide more serious dental flaws that bonding can’t tackle then veneers may be the best treatment option for you. Veneers are made from thin layers of porcelain and are bonded to the front of your teeth to hide everything from chips and discolorations to overlapping and spaces between teeth. Some tooth enamel will need to be shaved down before veneers can be applied.

Do you have questions about the dental restorations we discussed? Want to find out how our Chehalis, WA cosmetic dentist could make your smile better through restorative and cosmetic dentistry? If so, then it’s time you called us today.