Hello friends of Harris Dental! As the saying goes, there is more than one way to skin a cat. And with restorative dentistry in Phoenix, there is more than one way to fix a tooth.
If you are the lucky owner of a set of perfectly healthy teeth, you may never need any of these procedures. But if you’re like most Arizona residents, you’ll probably need to restore a tooth someday. This post looks at restorative dentistry procedures that are used routinely to repair damaged teeth:
Wafer-thin porcelain veneers can hide a chip or crack, or repair the alignment of a tooth that is slightly crooked.
Dental bridges are called that because they literally bridge the gap created when one or more of a patient’s teeth are missing. Two crowns anchor the bridge, one on each side of the gap. These two crowns anchor a false tooth, known as a pontic, which fills the gap.
A crown replaces the entire visible portion of the tooth, restoring appearance, durability, and function. Dental crowns are used for teeth that have had a root canal, teeth with severe decay, the replacement tooth in a dental bridge, and the visible portion of a dental implant. Crowns can be made of all metal (such as gold), porcelain-fused-to-metal, all ceramic, or all resin.
Many dentists consider a dental implant to be the ultimate restoration because it restores the entire tooth – both root and crown. Most dental implant recipients report that the implant is indistinguishable from a natural tooth. Another boon is the fact that an implant can prevent bone recession which is common at an extraction site. Dental implants are used in a variety of applications such as anchoring dentures and dental bridges.
For more specifics about any of these procedures, call Harris Dental.
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