When you get a toothache, you may not know whether you need a filling, a dental crown, or a porcelain veneer. Sometimes, a broken or missing tooth can be fixed with an implant or a bridge. It can be difficult to understand what makes each procedure different, and what the benefits and detriments of each treatment are. So here’s a quick guide to some common dental terms to help you make an educated decision.
Dental veneers brighten the smiles of people with stained or chipped teeth. Your dentist will create a thin porcelain veneer, molded by the shape of your actual tooth. Once your unique veneer is formed, it is then bonded over your tooth to perfect is color and shape.
Benefits of Veneers:
- Last longer than dental bonding
- Little to no anesthesia
- Virtually pain-free
A missing tooth can eventually cause your other teeth to shift, add stress to your jaw, and make chewing difficult. Dental implants are one of the best ways to replace missing teeth, as they are permanently grafted and mimic the appearance and function of natural teeth. A dental implant is a porcelain crown attached to a titanium screw, which acts as the root.
Benefits of Dental Implants:
- Enhance facial structure
- Prevent jawbone deterioration
- More permanent than bridges and dentures.
Benefits of Dental Crowns:
- Increase the function of a tooth
- Improve cosmetic appearance
- Protect cracked teeth
- Cover stained teeth.
Often times, people wait until they have a tooth ache before visiting the dentist. A filling isn’t simply meant to fix a sore cavity. Our natural-colored fillings are actually meant to stop the spread of tooth decay. Once a tooth starts decaying, even if it doesn’t hurt yet, you should visit your dentist.
Benefits of Dental Fillings:
- Protects teeth from further decay
- Prevent need for root canals
- Natural color to match teeth
Cosmetic & Restorative Dental Procedures at Beavers Caring Family Dentistry
If you need cosmetic or restorative dental care in Cary, make an appointment with Dr. Wayne or Dr. Keith at Beavers Caring Family Dentistry. They care about providing the best dental care, not just for you, but your entire family. Make an appointment today by calling 919-467-0654 or filling out this form.