A common complaint from patients is that their teeth no longer look or function the way they once did. Restorative dentistry can fix both problems through inlays and onlays, tooth fillings, dental bridges, dental crowns, and dental veneers. Visit our Louisville, KY dentist Dr. Gill or call us at 502-785-8695 to schedule your restorative dentistry Louisville, KY area appointment.
What can a dental crown do for me?
A crown can fix the damage and appearance of your tooth or teeth. A crown covers your entire tooth like a coat of armor. You care for a crown just as you would the rest of your permanent teeth. Dr. Gill only uses materials that are compatible with your body and match your teeth — never metal. Porcelain crowns no longer need a metal base to provide the same degree of durability as metal crowns, which means darkening along the gumline caused by metal is no longer an issue.
What’s the difference between an inlay and an onlay?
If you have a rear tooth in need of repair but the need is not significant enough for a crown, Dr. Gill might recommend a porcelain inlay or onlay. Inlays are used to fix small areas of damage in the grooves of your teeth. An onlay is similar to an inlay but also covers and replaces portions of your tooth’s surface area. Our porcelain inlays and onlays will match the natural color of your teeth beautifully.
Are veneers only cosmetic?
In addition to perfecting the look of your smile by covering chips, cracks, and discoloration, veneers can also increase the durability of your teeth. Veneers are thin layers of porcelain fitted over your natural teeth. By bonding strong porcelain over damaged areas, you can protect your teeth from future chips and cracks.
Will my fillings be discreet?
Our office exclusively offers composite fillings. These are matched to the color of your teeth. That means no more bits of metal winking back at you when you’re looking at your teeth in the mirror. If the damage to your tooth is too extensive for a filling, we can fit your tooth with an all-ceramic or all-porcelain crown.
Is there any option besides metal for my bridge?
A dental bridge does the work of replacing missing teeth so that your other teeth don’t shift out of position. A dental bridge uses two of your natural teeth to hold a series of crowns and replacement teeth in place. Like our crowns, our bridges are completely metal-free; we use only ceramic or porcelain.
How can I help prevent needing restorations for my smile?
Maintaining excellent dental health goes a long way to help protect your smile. Visit our Louisville, KY dental office every six months for professional cleanings, thorough dental exams, and an oral cancer screening. Some patients can get sealants or fluoride treatments to prevent decay. You can also get help for dry mouth, since saliva is needed to help wash away food particles that feed harmful bacteria.