All Ceramic Dental Restorations
When you have a damaged or decayed tooth in the front of your mouth, you need a solution that restores the strength and function of the tooth while also protecting the aesthetics of your smile. A noticeable silver or gold restoration just won’t do -- and fortunately, your dentist in Haverhill, Dr. Karl Arakelian, offers a highly aesthetic alternative. All ceramic restorations look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth, and they can last for years and years with proper maintenance.
What Types of Restorations Are Available?
A number of sturdy restorations can be constructed of dental ceramic, and the one that is right for you depends on the severity of the damage or decay.
An inlay or onlay restores areas of decay or damage when there is not enough healthy tooth enamel remaining to support a filling, but a dental crown would be too invasive. The inlay/onlay is created apart from the tooth and securely bonded into the cavity or damaged area after its manufacture. An inlay fits within the cusps of the tooth, and an onlay reaches over or between teeth.
For more significant dental damage or decay, a ceramic crown provides a sturdy solution. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering that completely surrounds a damaged tooth, all the way down to the gum line. A dental veneer can cover up the front surface of a tooth that is mostly healthy but has suffered significant cosmetic damage.
Numerous Benefits of All Ceramic Dental Restorations
Because dental ceramic reflects light in the same way as your natural tooth enamel, it blends in beautifully with your surrounding healthy teeth. The material is highly customizable, so Dr. Arakelian can put together a plan for a restoration that looks completely natural -- especially crucial for teeth in the front of the mouth. Whether it’s an inlay, onlay, crown, or veneer you need, a restoration made of dental ceramic is sturdy and can last for many years with proper maintenance.
Caring For Your New Restoration
Your new restoration can’t develop a cavity, but the teeth surrounding and underneath it still can. You are also always at risk of developing gum disease. To prevent both and keep your new inlay, onlay, crown, or veneer functioning properly for years to come, make sure you perform excellent dental hygiene. Brush your teeth twice daily and floss once a day, concentrating on the area at the base of the restoration to prevent plaque and bacteria buildup. You should also visit our office as recommended, usually every six months, for routine checkups. Avoid biting directly into especially chewy or crunchy foods, and protect your teeth with a custom-fitted sportsguard or nightguard if you play contact sports or suffer from bruxism, nighttime teeth grinding.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
If you have a severely damaged tooth in the front of your mouth, we can help you enjoy full smile confidence once again with an all-ceramic restoration! Contact your Haverhill, MA dentist to schedule an appointment for beautiful restorative dentistry today.