Tooth enamel is harder than any other substance in your body, including their bones. However, it has a serious weakness: it does not contain any living cells and therefore cannot heal once it has been broken. You’ll need the help of an expert from Healthy Smiles Dental Care of Jewell Lake if you want to preserve your natural teeth once they’ve suffered a severe injury or extensive decay. In many cases, your smile can be repaired in as little as one visit! Call us today if you are suffering from any kind of dental damage.
A dental crown is an extremely versatile restoration that can be placed on top of a tooth for various reasons. It might be to protect and hold together a tooth that has already become weakened, or it could restore the shape and size of the dental structure if a large amount of enamel has broken off. Crowns can be made out of many different materials. If you’re worried about other people noticing that you’ve had dental work done, we’ll generally recommend a porcelain crown, which can be carefully shaded so that it matches the color of the surrounding teeth.
Fillings are generally used to repair smaller cavities and minor dental injuries. They also protect the pulp inside the tooth from becoming infected. Today, fillings do not necessarily have to be made of metal. In fact, dentists across the country typically prefer tooth-colored fillings for a variety of reasons. There are the obvious aesthetic advantages from using material that blends in with the rest of the tooth. That said, there are practical benefits as well. For example, tooth-colored fillings allow us to preserve more of the natural tooth since they don’t require the same undercuts to hold them in place like metal fillings do.
The process of designing and placing a crown normally takes at least two appointments, but thanks to the modern technology at Healthy Smiles Dental Care of Jewell Lake, we can save you a trip by creating the crown and restoring the tooth in just one visit! After taking an impression of your tooth, the crown itself will be created right here in our office. We’ll make any necessary last-minute adjustments before placing it on the tooth in question. This way, you won’t have to worry about wearing a temporary crown or setting up a separate appointment to receive your permanent crown in the future.