If you chip or fracture a tooth, or if you develop a serious cavity, then your smile may need a restoration, which addresses the damage and decay to protect the tooth from complications. For many years, the only options available were made from metal. However, we can help our Albuquerque, NM, patients enjoy restored smiles that look natural using metal-free options.
A dental crown covers the visible portion of your tooth, which enables us to address a wide array of cosmetic and restorative concerns. We first prepare the tooth by removing a small amount of structure. We then take detailed impressions, which we use to design and create your custom-made crown. We often create them from lifelike materials, such as ceramic, which helps them blend with your smile. When placing your restoration, we have the ability to repair chips and fractures, fix broken or worn down teeth, and address decay and infection. We also assist with missing tooth replacement, securing dental bridges or completing a single tooth dental implant.
If you require a serious restoration, but not necessarily a full crown, we may opt for an inlay or onlay. Made from ceramic, they address advanced decay and minor damage. The inlays fit in between the cusps on top of the tooth, while the onlays fit over the cusps of the tooth. You may also hear them referred to as partial crowns. As always, these will be custom-made to ensure a natural appearance and a proper fit. Like crowns, they require two visits to complete.
For most cases of tooth decay, we offer a dental filling. Instead of using metal, we employ a composite resin, a metal-free blend of acrylic and quartz-like compounds that can be shaded to match your tooth. After we remove the decay, clean the tooth, and prepare the composite resin, we apply the material in several layers and shape the tooth as we cure the filling material. We then polish the tooth to offer a more lifelike appearance. The entire procedure only takes one visit to complete and halts the progression of a cavity in your tooth.
We also have a cosmetic restoration, which covers the front and sides of a tooth. A veneer is custom-made from porcelain, designed to match your smile and alter the shape and color of the tooth. We may use them to lengthen worn down teeth, mask teeth stains, correct the appearance of misalignment, and address misshapen or damaged teeth.
At Snow Park Dental, Dr. Mark A. Miller and our team have lifelike and dependable options for repairing your smile. Contact us today at (505) 596-4479 to schedule a consultation and enjoy a healthy and functional smile at our Albuquerque, NM, office. We welcome patients and families from Rio Rancho, Tijeras, Los Lunas, and all surrounding communities.
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