There is more than one way to fix a child’s tooth. Whether it’s decay or a crack, we have a restoration option.
Today’s message looks at three pediatric tooth restoration procedures we provide to repair a damaged tooth:
1. Dental Bonding
Bonding, officially called direct composite veneers, is used to correct chips, cracks, and stains, and make teeth longer. It is also sometimes used to fill cavities. Your dentist applies a pliable composite resin and molds it to the exact shape necessary. The resin is then hardened with a special curing light.
2. A Filling (Inlay or Onlay)
A traditional filling is shaped and molded after it is applied to the tooth. Because inlays and onlays are constructed in a dental lab, they are commonly called indirect fillings. Inlays are applied to just the center of the biting surface of a tooth (not to a cusp or point) and are generally smaller than onlays. An onlay restores one or more cusps of a tooth.
3. A Dental Crown
A crown replaces the entire visible portion of the tooth, restoring appearance, strength, and function. Crowns are used for teeth that have had a root canal, teeth with acute decay, or the replacement tooth in a dental bridge. Crowns can be made of all metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all ceramic, or all resin.
It’s vital to restore both primary and permanent teeth. If your child has a cavity or damaged tooth, don’t delay treatment.
For more information about any of these tooth replacements, call Boulder County Smiles at 303-665-5335.
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