A lot of bad things can happen to your teeth as time goes by: decay, chips, cracks, and even simple wear and tear, meaning it’s absolutely normal if you’re in need of a little smile repair. Dr. Alhamdi can create custom-made restorations that can reverse practically any type of dental damage to help someone’s smile look and function like new again, often in just one or two easy appointments. If you have one or more teeth in need of a little TLC, give us a call today.
Many patients choose to ignore minor cavities and slightly chipped teeth believing they’re no big deal, but this can lead to significant trouble for their oral health in the future. Decay inevitably spreads and starts to affect the surrounding teeth, and a chipped tooth will eventually break, leading to even more pain and dysfunction. The best way to prevent this is to be proactive and restore any teeth as soon as possible…this is the smartest approach for both your mouth and your wallet!
For teeth that are severely decayed, cracked, or already have very large fillings, a dental crown can help bring them back from the brink of extraction. Crowns are designed to look and function just like natural teeth, and they work by fitting over a compromised tooth, protecting the remaining structure while also bringing back its original form. They can also help improve the appearance of cosmetically imperfect teeth, and they can be paired with a dental implant to replace a single missing tooth as well.
Unlike traditional silver fillings, tooth-colored fillings can be shaded to perfectly blend with a patient’s enamel, so the restoration itself looks like natural dental structure. The end result is dental work that you can’t even tell is there, meaning a patient doesn’t have to worry about friends or coworkers noticing it. They are made of composite resin, and because they’re 100% metal-free, patients don’t experience the temperature sensitivity common with traditional fillings as well.
Inlays and onlays are often referred to as “partial crowns.” We use them to repair teeth that are too damaged to be fixed with a filling, but don’t require a complete overhaul with a crown. Made of natural-looking porcelain, these restorations allow our team to preserve as much healthy enamel as possible while restoring a tooth, which leads to a stronger result. Onlays are used to repair multiple sides of a tooth including the cusps, or biting surfaces, while inlays can replace any damaged enamel within the cusps.
Crowns, inlays, and onlays used to require a patient to attend at least two dental appointments to have them designed, made, and placed, during which they’d undergo a messy impression and have to spend a week or more with a temporary restoration that was bound to fall out. Thanks to CEREC, however, we’re able to save patients from this hassle. This technology allows our team to make and place high-quality porcelain restorations in a single appointment, helping a patient get the care they need in about an hour as opposed to two weeks.
Many patients have several decayed, broken, or missing teeth due to neglect or some type of physical trauma, and they are often overwhelmed by the idea of getting everything fixed. At Del Mar Dental Arts, Dr. Alhamdi welcomes patients in these situations, and using a personalized treatment plan consisting of multiple procedures all working together, he can practically turn back the clock for a patient’s smile. Strength, function, and beauty can all be completely restored at the same time using a full-mouth reconstruction.