“Restorative dentistry” is a term to describe the way damaged or missing teeth can be fixed or replaced. At the Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry in Alexandria, our goal is always to improve your smile – in short, to maintain or restore your dental health.
This post looks at five restoration procedures that are used routinely to repair a damaged tooth:
1. Dental Bonding
Bonding, formally called direct composite veneers, is used to correct chips, cracks, stains, and make teeth longer. It is also sometimes used to fill cavities. A pliable composite resin is applied and molded to the precise shape needed, then hardened with a special curing light.
2. A Porcelain Veneer
These wafer-thin covers can hide a chip or crack or fix the alignment of a tooth that is slightly crooked.
3. A Filling (Inlay or Onlay)
A traditional filling is shaped and molded after it is applied to the tooth. Because inlays and onlays are constructed in a dental lab, they are usually called indirect fillings. Inlays are applied to just the center of the biting surface of a tooth (not to a cusp or point) and are commonly smaller than onlays. An onlay restores one or more cusps of a tooth.
4. A Dental Crown
A crown covers the entire visible portion of the tooth, restoring appearance, durability, and function. Crowns are used for teeth that have had a root canal, teeth with acute decay, the replacement tooth in a dental bridge, and the visible portion of an implant.
5. Dental Implants
A dental implant is a titanium post inserted into the jaw, where it becomes a foundation for one or more artificial teeth.
At the Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry in Alexandria we offer a full range of services, including restorative dentistry. People also come to our practice for comprehensive family dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!