Quality Dental Restorations
Do you have a toothache? You might be experiencing pain from a cavity, fracture, or decay under an existing filling. Cornerstone Dental has many options to replace missing teeth, but we’re also experts at taking care of the teeth you have. In many cases, a filling may not be enough to fully address the cause of your discomfort. To restore your tooth to optimal beauty and function, Cornerstone Dental offers natural looking porcelain crowns.
Common Dental Problems
Years of wear and tear or traumatic injury can damage teeth. Sometimes, the damage begins small and grows over time. However, in other cases, a tooth is damaged very quickly. The truth in both situations is, damaged teeth don’t heal naturally. Only professional dental care can correct the situation. Left untreated, your condition will worsen and could result in serious oral and overall health concerns, including infections and dental abscesses Soon, you may require a root canal or even an extraction of the tooth. However, a dental restoration may be enough to address the problem and help preserve your tooth.
Dr. Hussong may recommend a filling or bonding, but if your tooth is damaged more significantly, a crown, inlay, or onlay will be the most effective restoration. A dental crown is a cap that fits over the visible portion of the tooth. Crowns restore broken, cracked, or discolored teeth. First, the tooth is prepared and a small amount of tooth structure removed. An impression will be taken, which will be used to design and fabricate your new restoration. Once complete, the crown is then placed on top. Crowns restore shape, appearance, and function. The natural tooth’s root remains in place, as does a portion of the top of the tooth.
Inlays and onlays are partial crowns, sometimes called ¾ crowns. These restorations provide conservative option when a filling would not work, but a crown would be too much. Often, inlays and onlays replace old, worn amalgam fillings. They’re also commonly used to repair teeth with decay under an existing filling.
In the past, crowns, inlays, and onlays were made of metal. The modern alternative, porcelain or ceramic restorations, are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. They’re custom made by a ceramist in a dental lab, according to dental impressions, shading information, and instructions from Dr. Hussong. Tooth-colored crowns, inlays, and onlays look great, but they’re also durable and long lasting. If you would like to learn more about our restorations or if you have a persistent toothache, please contact Cornerstone Dental today.
A Personal Invitation
You’ll find our dental office cozy and relaxing and our team accommodating. Watch DirecTV during your appointment, and afterward, allow us to treat you to a paraffin hand dip and a warm, scented neck wrap. We will make your time at Cornerstone Dental enjoyable. For cosmetic and restorative dentistry in Polk City, Iowa, contact us today. We serve families from Alleman, Ankeny, Bondurant, Grimes, Johnston, and surrounding communities.