At one time, all restorations were made from metal, such as amalgam, silver, or gold. While metal restorations still have their place, we often use more modern and lifelike options created from porcelain or zirconia. When do your El Paso, TX, dentists use these to repair smiles, and how do we create them?
Creating Your Dental Restoration
Each restoration we craft for your smile is custom-made, as this ensures a comfortable fit, better bite balance, and of course, a more natural-looking appearance. To create then, we start by making room by removing structure from the tooth receiving one. Next, we take impressions and measurements of this tooth and use the information to design and create them. For the front-facing teeth, we often rely on all porcelain, as this is the most lifelike material available. For the side and rear teeth, we may use zirconia and porcelain-fused-to-metal, which offer greater strength and durability, as well as lifelike appearance.
Placement and Maintenance
Once your restoration is ready, you come to the office so we can remove the temporary one, check the fit of your new one, and if necessary, make any final adjustments. We then place them with a powerful bonding agent. Once in place, you should continue to care for your newly restored tooth as you would a natural one. Remember, the tooth the crown is attached to is still susceptible to cavities and gum disease. Daily care helps keep them strong, so you should brush your teeth for two minutes when you wake up and again before bed, and floss before bed as well. Try to cut back on sugary foods and drinks too, as these contain ingredients that feed harmful bacteria.
When to Seek Treatment
We may use one to address a tooth that is cracked, chipped, or broken. We also lengthen teeth worn down by teeth grinding. Placement addresses misshapen teeth, masks teeth stains, and for people with missing teeth, anchors a dental bridge in place. We also help restore a single tooth dental implant, ensuring your new tooth looks and functions like a natural one. Finally, if you have an advanced case of tooth decay and an infected tooth, then we can restore them with a custom-made dental crown. If you have any questions about our restoration options, or if you think you may benefit for treatment, then please contact or team today.
SUNNY SMILES IN EL PASO PROVIDES RESTORATIVE TREATMENTS
At Sunny Smiles in El Paso, TX, we want to make sure your damage or decay doesn’t go untreated, and we have custom and modern solutions available. For more information on our restorative solutions or to schedule your next consultation, contact our N. Zaragoza dental practice by calling 915-849-9000.