Have you postponed a trip to the dentist, because you know you need restorative dentistry. Are you worried what that will mean for your smile? Many patients avoid restorations, for fear they will be unsightly metal fixtures that could cause discomfort as well as embarrassment. Fortunately, modern dental restorations can be made to blend seamlessly with one’s natural smile, allowing for confidence when smiling and comfort when chewing. So if you do suspect you have a dental issue, like a cavity, or if you have noticed a chip, crack or other damage to a tooth, talk to your dentist about the seamless ways your smile could be restored!
When Can Tooth-colored Fillings Help?
In the case of cavities, dental fillings are most commonly recommended as restoration. Fillings help to seal decayed teeth against further erosion, infection, and they can help prevent discomfort when eating by preventing food particles and bacteria from coming into contact with the sensitive layer of tooth beneath the enamel.
While dental fillings were once made predominantly of metal amalgam, modern fillings are often made of a tooth-colored composite resin, because of its esthetic benefits and the tight seal it creates. In fact, most people won’t be able to recognize when you’ve had a tooth-colored filling completed. They will just see a natural-looking smile.
How Do You Know if a Porcelain Crown Is Right for You?
In cases of chips, cracks, and other damage, a porcelain crown could be ideal. That is because crowns made of porcelain are both strong and stain-resistant. They can help to create natural-looking results, while still providing protection against further wear.