teeth repair houston, tx

If you are looking for high quality and affordable tooth repair services in the greater Houston, TX area look no further than Dr. Jasmine Naderi and her expert team at Best Dental. There are many ways teeth can be repaired depending on the procedure that your tooth is needing. Let’s go over the common repair procedures.

Dental Fillings

If you have small to medium sized cavities, or if your tooth has had a small fracture, a tooth filling may be recommended by your dentist. What is a tooth filling? A tooth filling is a material that replaces a portion of your tooth that has either cracked off or been worn away by dental caries. Tooth caries is caused by acid produced by bacteria inside of your mouth. The acid slowly erodes to your tooth structure away leading to what is known as a dental cavity. Fillings can either be tooth colored or silver. At Best Dental, our expert team only uses tooth colored fillings that are BPA-free as silver fillings contain mercury which can be harmful for the body.

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Porcelain Fillings

If your tooth has a larger cavity, or has a slightly larger fracture, your dentist may recommend a porcelain filling (also known as an inlay or onlay). These are indirect fillings that are most times composed of porcelain and are constructed by a local lab. Your tooth is prepared, and your dentist will take an impression of your tooth. This impression will be sent to the lab who will use it as a model to fabricate your porcelain filling. This filling, once returned to your dentist, will be cemented into place.

Dental Crowns

If your tooth is weakened by decay or severely worn down, your dentist will recommend getting a dental crown placed on top of it. Also known as a cap, a dental crown is a material composed of metal, porcelain, or gold. It surrounds your entire tooth structure preventing it from breaking down any further. The procedure to get a dental crown takes usually two appointments. The first appointment your tooth is shaped with a dental handpiece. An impression is taken, and an interim crown is made and cemented temporarily on your tooth. After a local lab makes your final crown it is cemented permanently into place. Your bite is usually checked once the crown is placed and an x-ray is also taken to make sure the crown is fitting properly.

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Veneers

If your front teeth have broken down or decayed, your dentist may recommend dental veneers. Also known as Porcelain Veneers, these are thin shells of Porcelain that are shaped like teeth and bonded onto your natural tooth structure. They have a great cosmetic look, and comprise the “Hollywood Smile” fad that has swept through the dental field. Veneers typically can last up to 15 years, and do a wonderful job masking front teeth that have worn down over time.

If you need a highly skilled and trained dentist in Houston, TX to help you restore your tooth or teeth, come visit Dr. Jasmine. With over 18 years of dental training at the highest level, she will meet your cosmetic satisfactions and restore your teeth back to health. We hope to hear from you soon!

Other Frequently Asked Questions

Can I fix a broken tooth at home?

Not only is this a bad idea, but most times you can do your chipped tooth more harm than good by attempting to fix it yourself. Broken down teeth need to be restored by a highly trained clinician as it takes a high level of technical skill to properly fix a tooth that has worn down.

What is the most cost effective method to repair your tooth?

If your tooth is fractured or chipped, the least expensive way to normally fix it would be with a tooth filling. However, if your tooth is severely worn down a dental filling may end up contributing to a further breakdown of the tooth itself. In these cases, the most cost effective way to fix your tooth would be a dental crown.

How can I fix a dead tooth that was traumatized before?

A lot of times, patients damage their teeth in various accidents. Sometimes, if the damage is severe enough, it can lead to necrosis of the nerve chamber of the tooth itself. These teeth end up needing root canals because otherwise they may end up getting infected. Root canal treatment ends up removing dead necrotic tissue inside the tooth, and the tooth is normally restored with a dental crown afterwards.

Can you leave a broken tooth untreated?

If the tooth has fractured or is broken, it may be left alone if the fracture has not entered the nerve chamber. Remember, however, that these teeth will be more susceptible to develop dental caries or break down further, and may end up costing you more money to fix those issues in the future.

Is it better to have a root canal or a tooth extraction?

At Best Dental, we take a conservative approach to dentistry. We feel that if a tooth can be saved with a root canal, then it’s worth your while to try to save it. We also understand that there are many patients who look for a more holistic approach to dentistry and feel that root canals can harm their long term systemic health. For these patients, it is usually prudent for a tooth extraction and a dental implant to be performed.

Can my broken tooth be saved?

In most instances, dentists have the methods and technology to save a tooth that is breaking down. In some cases, the tooth is so far broken down that it’s not recommended to save the tooth. In these cases, a tooth extraction with various tooth replacement options are usually presented to our patients.

Why do my teeth keep rotting?

Some people seem to be more genetically susceptible to developing dental caries than others. This, along with health issues that can depress your immune system. can contribute to patients that have severe breakdown of their teeth. Our team always recommends to control cavities while they are small because as they penetrate through your teeth, they can cause larger problems that can cost you quite a bit of money to fix.

What should I do if my child breaks their tooth?

If your child breaks his or her tooth, its prudent to get them to a dentist as soon as possible. If the fracture or chip has entered into the nerve tissue of the tooth, it needs to be treated immediately to prevent any infections from occurring.