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How a Dentist Can Restore Damaged Teeth

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As a local dentist in Plano, we have multiple ways to restore damaged teeth. If your tooth has become cracked, chipped, the enamel has worn away, or it is sensitive, we can address this problem using several methods. We believe in providing patients with options and as such, here is what you need to know.

Dental Restoration Options

Dental Crowns

If the tooth has severe damage, dental crowns are an ideal solution for restoring it because a crown surrounds the tooth entirely. By preventing anything from touching the natural tooth, the patient can bite down with force and eat all of his or her favorite foods without worrying about compromising the tooth or feeling discomfort.

Now, we offer all-ceramic and ceramic-on-metal crowns so that people can have the restoration they need while maintaining the natural appearance of the tooth. We can provide patients with a new crown or replace existing ones as necessary.

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are available for addressing many of the same problems that a dental crown can solve. Instead of surrounding the tooth, we place a veneer on the surface of the tooth. As a dentist, we will often recommend this solution if the damage is less severe.

If there is no need to completely surround the tooth, a veneer can be beneficial because the tooth requires preparation in the front instead of on all sides. This makes the procedure less invasive overall.

Bonding

We can add the natural colored bonding material to the tooth and shape the tooth in the dental chair. Thus, we can provide chairside restorations where the tooth requires little to no preparation. A bonding procedure is advantageous for those that are too busy to consider getting dental crowns or veneers.

While effective, one challenge with bonding is that over time stains may develop where the bonding material and natural tooth connect. Since we place both materials on the tooth, some patients also notice that there becomes a color difference between the natural and synthetic material, causing a tooth to appear stained.

As a dentist in Plano, we can perform all of these restorations with relative ease and ensure that the tooth looks completely natural once done. This makes it possible for our patients to have teeth that look fantastic and are also incredibly durable. Since there are unique advantages to each solution, we recommend that you come in for a consultation if you are considering doing something to restore your teeth. Whether they have become damaged or you simply do not like their appearance, we can help you to love your smile again using one or a combination of these options.

In fact, if you are having several teeth corrected, you don't have to use one solution for all of them. You may benefit by having a dental crown restore a tooth that is overly sensitive due to a lack of enamel while having dental veneers placed next to it to close gaps in between your teeth. We can create a customized treatment plan for your exact needs.

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In Our Dentist Office We Take the Time to Answer Your Questions

Dentist OfficeWhen you visit our dentist office in Plano, you can expect to discuss various aspects of oral health, including how to brush and floss your teeth properly. We will also discuss the food that you can eat to improve your oral health and more. We take the time to go over at-home care with you so that your teeth have the best chance of remaining in excellent health. During these appointments, patients are welcome to ask questions about oral health care and the appointment process. To that end, here are some common questions and our answers.

Why do people keep talking about visiting the dentist while pregnant?

Our pregnant patients may hear a lot about visiting the dentist while reading magazines or visiting their OBGYN. This is a complicated time in life that often leads to more questions about health care than any other time. We like to stress the importance of visiting the dentist while pregnant. Gum disease can directly place an unborn child at risk. This is not a risk that anyone should take. By visiting our dentist office during a patient's pregnancy, we can remove the plaque and tartar from the teeth and from around the gums. This process will help the patient remain in excellent health and not have to worry about potential complications. Fortunately, staying healthy is as easy as brushing, flossing and scheduling professional teeth cleaning.

Do you fix loose fillings in your dentist office?

Yes, if one's filling is coming loose, then he or she needs to schedule an appointment right away. Most of the time, a filling will come loose because of something hard that the individual ate or because the tooth is experiencing additional decay. When this is the case, the filling will no longer be large enough to cover the area in question. It will naturally become loose and need replacement with a larger filling, something we can assist with in our dentist office.

Is there an easier way to clean my tongue?

While everyone knows how important it is to brush their teeth at least twice a day, people may not be aware of how important it is to brush the tongue. Since the tongue can hold onto bacteria, we suggest that patients purchase a tongue scraper from the drugstore. A tongue scraper is a simple plastic tool that will keep the tongue clean by using it once a day. Cleaning the tongue will also help to improve the breath a well. However, if the tongue continues to smell bad or if it is a funny color, then the patient needs to call a dental office immediately.

Can your dentist office treat me if I crack a tooth?

Yes, if you crack your tooth, you need a dental restoration, and you need one quickly. A crack, however small, gives bacteria the opportunity necessary for entering your tooth and, as a result, you may need a root canal in the future. We recommend avoiding this possibility by letting us restore your tooth. We can do so using a dental veneer, crown or bonding. The choice is yours.