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.
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.
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.
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.
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!