If your teeth have been damaged through trauma or decay, they will likely require some type of dental reconstruction. Here are a few dental applications that can be used to restore your teeth:
Dental crowns have both cosmetic and protective benefits. The crowns, which can be made from tooth-colored material such as porcelain or resin, are used to cover a tooth. If the crown is concealing a superficial crack or chip, it may only be used to improve the look of the tooth. However, the crown may also be used to protect a tooth that has incurred enough damage to compromise the integrity of its structure.
Crowns are often used to cover teeth that have had a large filling installed or have been treated using a root canal. Since the crown covers the full natural crown, the entire exposed tooth is fortified on each side.
Dental veneers are also used in dental reconstructions after trauma. Teeth that are broken, discolored, or chipped may be unsightly but otherwise healthy. Still, the appearance of the teeth can cause your self esteem to suffer.
Dental veneers are applied to the teeth to conceal underlying damage. Other people only see the white, perfectly shaped veneers instead of the damaged teeth.
Each conventional veneer is a thin, tooth-shaped piece of porcelain or resin that is permanently attached to the front surface of a tooth. Before a conventional veneer can be applied, a bit of the enamel of the tooth that will be restored must first be removed. This ensures that veneer has a natural appearance, since it must fit your natural bite pattern and remain in alignment with any untreated teeth.
Nowadays, there is also a prepless veneer available, which doesn't require the removal of any tooth enamel. Additionally, it can be removed by a dentist if you would ever like to restore the former look of your teeth.
Dental Bonding Material
Dental bonding material can also be use to restore damaged teeth. The material is made of resin and is applied in a soft, pliable state. Once it is properly molded to the tooth, the bonding material is exposed to a special light that hardens the material into place.
The color of the resin is matched to that of the treated tooth, so the reconstruction is difficult to detect.
For more information about dental reconstruction, schedule a consultation with a dentist in your local area.