Creating smiles in the Silver Lake area for over 25 years
DENTAL RESTORATION PROCEDURES
Sometimes our teeth need a bit of extra strength and support, and a great way to accomplish this is through the use of a dental crown. Essentially used as a tooth covering, they can be made from a variety of materials. Crowns are beneficial in the following instances:
- To support a tooth that has a large filling in it
- As a cosmetic enhancement for damaged or discolored teeth
- For the protection of weaker teeth that are susceptible to decay or cracking
- As a way to keep a dental bridge in place
The process of affixing a dental crown can take some time, as there are multiple steps involved. During your initial visit, our skilled doctors will examine and prepare your tooth and may possibly take digital x rays to check the integrity of the roots and surrounding bone structure.
After making an impression and ordering your crown, a return visit will allow us to cement it into place. We use local anesthetic to ensure you are comfortable during the entire procedure.
Crowns can be manufactured from a variety of materials, and each presents with its own set of benefits and potential drawbacks. From metal and porcelain to zirconia and more, the team at Silver Lake Family Dental will discuss all of your options with you to ensure you’re getting care that meets your preferences and budget.
Some individuals are born without one or more of their adult teeth while others may have lost some over time due to decay or damage. Whatever your unique situation might be, the doctors at Silver Lake Family Dental recommend implant crowns as a way of improving your smile and your mouth’s function.
This process can be highly involved, and we work with experienced professionals in the Silver Lake area who can guide you from start to finish. Implant crowns utilize precise craftsmanship and quality materials, leaving you with a beautiful and strong tooth.
If you have questions about this process please let us know, and we’ll be happy to refer you to one of our trusted associates.
If a dental implant is beyond your budget or comfort level, we completely understand. At Silver Lake Family Dental, we offer a variety of treatment plans so that there’s a solution for everyone. Missing teeth can be filled with a dental bridge, a less permanent option compared to an implant.
Made from a range of materials that can include metal, porcelain, or ceramic, a bridge works as a way to literally bridge a gap within the teeth. Popular options include a fixed bridge, which uses teeth on either side of the gap as anchors, front tooth bridges which attaches in a similar manner, and bonded bridges, where wing-like flaps are used to keep it in place.
Your specific situation might determine which method is right for you, but ultimately our doctors will spend time discussing every aspect of each treatment plan before we begin. The goal of a dental bridge is to restore your beautiful smile in a comfortable and stress-free manner!
Inlays & Onlays
Could your teeth use a bit of a pick me up to reinforce their integrity? When we see a patient with teeth that have structurally weakened over time yet aren’t in need of a crown, we find that an inlay or onlay typically provides the best results.
Named smartly after their function, both inlays and onlays can be made from metal, porcelain, or resin. They are manufactured in a lab after we take precise measurements of your teeth, and they are bonded to the tooth’s surface to repair weak areas.
An inlay is usually applied to the chewing surface of the tooth while an onlay can extend out over onto the sides of the tooth. Depending on your unique situation, we’ll create a customized treatment plan that takes into consideration your budget, timeframe, and desired appearance.
Don’t let a damaged tooth get in the way of being able to eat comfortably or cause you to stop smiling! Contact Silver Lake Family Dental to learn more about how an inlay or onlay can help.