At The Sugar House Dentist in Salt Lake City, there is more than one way to fix a child’s tooth. Whether there’s decay or a crack, our family dentistry has a restoration option. In this post, we look at three restoration procedures:
1. Dental Bonding
Bonding is used to repair chips, cracks, stains, and make teeth longer. It is also sometimes used to fill cavities. We apply a soft composite resin and mold it to the exact shape required. Then it’s hardened with a special curing light.
2. A Filling (Inlay or Onlay)
A traditional filling is shaped and molded after it is applied to the tooth. Because inlays and onlays are fabricated in a dental lab, they are typically called indirect fillings. Inlays are applied to just the center of the biting surface of a tooth and are usually smaller than onlays. An onlay restores one or more cusps of a tooth.
3. A Dental Crown
A crown is used to cover the entire visible portion of the tooth, restoring appearance, durability, and function. They are used for teeth that have had a root canal, teeth with severe decay, or the replacement tooth in a dental bridge. Crowns can be made of all metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all ceramic, or all resin.
It’s critical to restore both primary and permanent teeth. If your child has a cavity or damaged tooth, don’t delay treatment.
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