Dental Filling Options
Tooth decay and cavities can have a major impact on your overall dental health and the appearance of your smile. If you do not get your tooth decay addressed in a timely manner, you run the risk of having more severe dental problems down the road. This may include severe tooth pain, poor tooth health, and eventual tooth loss. Rather than experience all of that, a tooth can be saved and restored by a skilled dentist.
When you visit Los Algodones cosmetic dentist Dr. Jose Valenzuela, Jr., he will assess your overall situation to determine the best possible treatment option to meet your needs. There are plenty of ways that a cavity can be filled and tooth decay addressed. We’d like to take a moment right now to look at these different options so you have an idea of how Dr. Valenzuela will be able to best meet your needs.
The most common way to deal with small cavities and minor tooth decay is dental fillings. Dental fillings are specially made dental ceramic material that is placed into the cavity to help restore tooth structure and improve the appearance of a tooth. In the past, metal fillings were the norm, but today the use of special ceramics in dentistry has provided a number of great improvements to traditional metal fillings.
If you have more severe tooth decay, a different sort of treatment will be needed to meet your needs. Rather than a dental filling or multiple dental fillings, inlays or onlays may be used. Inlays and onlays are special tooth bonding and restoration materials that are applied to your teeth. These bonding material are very strong and able to restore the overall strength of your bite if you have severe tooth decay. Inlays and onlays are a perfect solution for tooth decay along the biting surfaces of your teeth.
For major cases of tooth decay, you need a much different solution. That’s where Los Algodones dental crowns come into play. Dental crowns are these caps that are placed atop the damage or decayed tooth. This is not just a dental ceramic, but a full ceramic restoration that is custom-designed and crafted for your tooth. Once in place, the dental crown will protect the tooth from major pain or sensitivity while also restoring your ability to chew normally.
Figuring out which option is best for you will require a full consultation at our practice. During this time, dental x-rays and other diagnostics will be used to figure out how best to meet your needs. To learn more about your options and to speak with a skilled team of dental professionals, contact the Dental Implant Center in Los Algodones today.