How Dentists Repair Damaged Teeth
How Dr. Kuzma will repair your cavity damage depends on the size of the decay. The smaller the cavity, the less invasive and less expensive the dental procedure is. Healthy teeth and gums save you time and money.
Small cavities are the easiest to deal with. All they need is a filling: a flowable tooth-colored material that fills the hole in your tooth. But before the dentist can place the filling, we’ll need to clear the damage. At Kuzma Advanced Dentistry, your comfort is our top priority, and we take numbing your teeth very seriously. We’ll numb your tooth and its area but will not proceed until you’re thoroughly numb. Then, we’ll pull the decay from your tooth and fill it.
Fillings are a short dental procedure with a quick recovery time. You may feel some sensitivity, but within two to three days, you’ll have a repaired tooth that functions and looks just like a healthy natural one.
For larger cavities, we have two restoration options. Inlays and onlays.
An inlay is similar to a filling, but instead of solely filling the hole left behind, it covers the top of your tooth as well. This restoration is more robust than a filling and provides a higher level of protection.
Onlays provide more protection yet. An onlay fills the space left behind, covers the top of your tooth, and spills over the sides. It’ll also helps hold your tooth together if there are any outward pressures from the flowable material in the hole left by the cavity.
Both dental restorations are custom color-matched to your teeth and usually created in a lab. However, in Wilmington, you can get your inlay or onlay on the same day due to our CEREC machine.
Sometimes the best option for your tooth is to get a crown. While inlays, onlays, and fillings can do the job, sometimes your cavity is just too large for one of those options to work. Crowns are custom-created caps that fit over your damaged tooth. They’ll match the color of the rest of your teeth, feel, function, and look like a healthy tooth.
- First, we’ll take special care to numb your mouth.
- Next, we’ll remove the decay and some of the outside of the tooth to make room for the crown.
- Finally, we’ll create your crown in our office so you can get it on the same day. Within an hour, you’ll have a brand new tooth!