As a local dentist in Costa Mesa, we have multiple ways to restore damaged teeth. If your tooth has become cracked, chipped, the enamel has worn away, or it is sensitive, we can address this problem using several methods. We believe in providing patients with options and as such, here is what you need to know.
Dental Restoration Options
If the tooth has severe damage, dental crowns are an ideal solution for restoring it because a crown surrounds the tooth entirely. By preventing anything from touching the natural tooth, the patient can bite down with force and eat all of his or her favorite foods without worrying about compromising the tooth or feeling discomfort.
Now, we offer all-ceramic and ceramic-on-metal crowns so that people can have the restoration they need while maintaining the natural appearance of the tooth. We can provide patients with a new crown or replace existing ones as necessary.
Dental veneers are available for addressing many of the same problems that a dental crown can solve. Instead of surrounding the tooth, we place a veneer on the surface of the tooth. As a dentist, we will often recommend this solution if the damage is less severe.
If there is no need to completely surround the tooth, a veneer can be beneficial because the tooth requires preparation in the front instead of on all sides. This makes the procedure less invasive overall.
We can add the natural colored bonding material to the tooth and shape the tooth in the dental chair. Thus, we can provide chairside restorations where the tooth requires little to no preparation. A bonding procedure is advantageous for those that are too busy to consider getting dental crowns or veneers.
While effective, one challenge with bonding is that over time stains may develop where the bonding material and natural tooth connect. Since we place both materials on the tooth, some patients also notice that there becomes a color difference between the natural and synthetic material, causing a tooth to appear stained.
As a dentist in Costa Mesa, we can perform all of these restorations with relative ease and ensure that the tooth looks completely natural once done. This makes it possible for our patients to have teeth that look fantastic and are also incredibly durable. Since there are unique advantages to each solution, we recommend that you come in for a consultation if you are considering doing something to restore your teeth. Whether they have become damaged or you simply do not like their appearance, we can help you to love your smile again using one or a combination of these options.
In fact, if you are having several teeth corrected, you don’t have to use one solution for all of them. You may benefit by having a dental crown restore a tooth that is overly sensitive due to a lack of enamel while having dental veneers placed next to it to close gaps in between your teeth. We can create a customized treatment plan for your exact needs.
Dr. Eric Vanek, d.d.s
Eric has been a practicing dental surgeon for over 20 years and is the owner of Vanek Dentistry, a family dental practice in Costa Mesa, CA.
Published June 15, 2017. Updated August 16, 2021