Some of the primary services offered by a dentist are crowns, dental inlays and dental outlays. Each of these procedures repairs broken teeth and keeps the teeth looking beautiful as well.

Dental Crowns

There are several types of dental crowns or caps used in several different dental situations. A dental crown is also called a cap because it fits over a tooth to repair its shape, improve its appearance and give damaged tooth added strength.

Crowns protect teeth in several ways. They protect weak teeth damaged by tooth decay or an injury. Crowns are also used to hold broken teeth together. Crowns also protect worn teeth or protect a tooth needing a filling when there is not much of an original tooth left to fix.

Molds are taken to make the crown. A temporary crown may be placed on a damaged the tooth until the permanent crown replaces it. Crowns consist of white material like porcelain over a strong metal like stainless steel or of gold, whichever the dental patient prefers. It usually takes two visits to the dentist’s office to complete the placing of a dental crown.

Dental Inlays and Onlays

Dental inlays are used when the damage on a tooth is too extensive for a filling but not big enough for a crown. Dental inlays last for an average of 10 years, depending upon the amount of wear and tear the inlay receives. Inlays and onlays are made in the dentist’s office, and the process takes only one visit.

Inlays and outlays consist of various substances. You and your dentist should discuss which material the inlay or outlay will consist of before the inlay is created.

The dentist will clean the decay out of the tooth and shape it if necessary. Next, the dentist will use a composite material to form the inlay or outlay, taking an impression of the tooth. Or in some cases the dentist will take a specialized picture of the tooth to create an inlay or outlay. Making the inlay or outlay usually takes about one hour, after which the inlay or outlay is placed during the same visit. As long as the cement isn’t diluted with saliva during the placement process, the inlay or outlay says very secure and is an excellent way to repair a damaged tooth without a crown or extraction.

Tooth and oral care are crucial to maintaining oral health and great general health. Decaying teeth may cause several health issues such as heart disease, blood vessel complications, and strokes. Keeping your teeth and mouth healthy not only ensures your body’s health but also helps you feel better about the way you look. Your smile is the window to your soul. Take good care of it by keeping your teeth in good repair.

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