If you have recently damaged multiple teeth through dental trauma from a sporting event or an accident, you may be concerned that your teeth will never look the same again. However, there are a number of cosmetic dental applications that can be used to restore the appearance of damaged teeth. Here are a few of them:
Porcelain veneers are thin sliver-like shells of porcelain that are shaped like teeth. Veneers can be bonded to the front surface of the teeth to conceal cracks, chips and other damage.
The veneers are fashioned to fit the contours of your mouth precisely, so they look completely natural. If you have only damaged a few teeth, the color of the veneers can be matched to your undamaged natural teeth. However, if the porcelain veneers will be applied to all of the teeth that can be seen when you smile, you can choose the lightest tooth shade available. Not only will your teeth look as good as they did before; they may look better.
If a tooth has been so damaged by the trauma that the health of the tooth is jeopardized, a dental crown may be used. The crown beautifies your damaged tooth, but it also provides structural support to prevent further damage to the tooth from occurring.
Dental crowns may be made from many different dental materials, such as metal alloys, porcelain-over-metal, gold, porcelain or resin. If you would like to restore the natural look of your teeth, a tooth-colored crown is the best option. Porcelain, porcelain-over-metal and resin crowns can be matched to the desired tooth shade.
To ensure that the crown fits properly inside your mouth, a mold or impression of your teeth will be made prior to the crown's fabrication. Once the crown has been created in a dental laboratory and sent back to your dentist's office, it can be bonded to the damaged tooth.
Dental Bonding Material
If your damaged teeth have only suffered small chips, dental bonding material may be applied to fill in the missing pieces of tooth material. The bonding material can be applied to the teeth in a single day. It is usually placed directly onto the teeth and molded into position. A special light may be applied to the bonding material to harden it into place.
To learn more ways to restore the look of damaged teeth, schedule an appointment with a cosmetic dentist, like Wallington Dental, in your area.