Do you have decayed teeth? Are you worried about how your tooth decay impacts your appearance or smile? Tooth decay can happen for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it's due to diet or lack of care, but often the decay is difficult to explain. Some people's teeth just decay faster or more easily than others. Decay can impact your appearance, but it can also affect your health. If your teeth are decayed, you may not be able to chew your food properly, which can cause digestive issues. Cuts and openings in your gum could make you vulnerable to bacteria.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to treat your tooth decay. Many of these steps can not only improve your oral health but also boost your appearance. Talk to your dentist about which options are right for you.
Composite bonding. Composite bonding is a process in which your dentist applies a composite material to reshape your teeth. The process starts with drilling out the decay around the tooth. The dentist then applies the material, which is colored to match the shade of your teeth. The material is then shaped and formed to fit your teeth before being dried and bonded by a high-intensity light. Composite bonding is a cost-effective option, but it's usually best when you only have decay on a few teeth. It may not be effective if the decay is widespread.
Inlays. An inlay is a type of filling that is produced in a dental laboratory. They're made from resin, and they're designed to improve appearance, strengthen your teeth, and prevent future decay. The inlay is applied directly over your teeth. Like bonding, this is a cost-effective option that is meant for teeth with mild-to-moderate decay. If your decay is severe, inlays may not be a feasible option.
Dental veneers. Want something that not only fixes your teeth but gives you a realistic bright smile? Veneers may be the option. Dental veneers are made in a lab from ceramic. They are custom-made for each patient and can not only improve your appearance but also prevent future decay and issues. They're applied to your existing teeth using dental glue. Veneers can be costly, but they are also highly effective.
Implants. Implants are a great option when your teeth are decayed to the point that they can't be salvaged. The other three options all require some piece of your original teeth to be intact. If your teeth can't be saved, you can't use inlays, bonding, or veneers. However, you can use implants, which are essentially artificial teeth that are bonded into your jaw using with a small screw. After a short transition period in which the bone and tissue fuse to the implant, the new tooth is just as strong and sturdy as a natural tooth.
Ready to address your tooth decay? Discuss it with a cosmetic dentist in your area. They can help you find the right option for your needs.