Who wants to sacrifice her smile’s beauty in order to restore her oral health? No one wants restorative dentistry to come at the expense of being able to smile confidently. Fortunately, modern dentistry provides a number of alternatives to traditional, noticeable metal fillings and dental crowns. In some cases these can even be more comfortable forms of restoration, as well as more beautiful. Tooth-colored fillings, porcelain crowns, and other more seamless alternatives to metal restorations, can allow the dentist to help protect your fragile or damaged teeth, without hiding your smile’s natural beauty in the process. So stop fearing treatment, and instead find out how it could actually give you a smile that can inspire even more pride.
What Are the Most Seamless Options for Restorative Treatment?
Tooth-colored fillings, for instance, are a great way to protect a tooth after a cavity. The dentist will first sanitize the tooth, then place composite resin onto it, which helps create a tight barrier against bacteria and food particles. This can help prevent further erosion, but it also does so seamlessly, as the resin can be made to very closely match your natural teeth in shading, and even carefully sculpted to match their natural contouring, as well.
Porcelain crowns are similarly discreet, and they come with the benefits of being naturally stain-resistant and similar to care for, because of how closely porcelain mirrors natural tooth enamel. In fact, you can brush your porcelain crowns the same way you do your natural teeth, so long as you choose non-abrasive toothpastes, which are less likely to scratch the surface of the porcelain, or your enamel for that matter.
While back teeth, that receive a lot of wear, may still need something stronger than these options, porcelain-fused-to-metal or even zirconia restorations are other beautiful options.