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, 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 typically 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 ordinarily 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 extreme 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 critical 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 options, call Dental Care Today PC – E. Dale Behner DDS at 317-842-2337.