existing tooth as a base and fit the inlay or onlay onto the tooth. This is done to strengthen the tooth, restore its shape, and prevent further damage. An inlay is done when there is no damage to the cusps of the tooth and the inlay can be placed right on the tooth. An inlay is used when the damage is a little more extensive.

The decayed area of the tooth is first removed during the procedure. A mold of the tooth is then taken and sent to a dental lab. They create a restoration made from porcelain, gold, or a composite resin. The restoration takes about 2-3 weeks to make, so a temporary inlay or onlay will be placed on the tooth for that time. During your next visit the inlay or onlay will be placed into your mouth and set with cement. Your tooth will look natural and you or anyone else won't be able to tell the difference.  or decay (due to more difficult hygiene).

Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are referred to as a partial crown. They use the existing tooth as a base and fit the inlay or onlay onto the tooth. This is done to strengthen the tooth, restore it's shape, and prevent further damage. An inlay is done when there is no damage to the cusps of the tooth and the inlay can be placed right on the tooth.

Composites and Resins
A composite resin is used on the affected tooth or teeth.

It is molded and sculpted over an adhesive gel that is placed on

the tooth. After the resin has been applied an ultraviolet light

is used to harden the resin, which is then polished to give you

a fresh, new smile.
Bonding is an obvious improvement over unsightly silver

amalgam fillings. With the advancements in dental technology,

treatments

bonding usually lasts for over 10 years. It is a safe, affordable, and attractive solution for many dental problems. Many Insurance companies will downgrade a composite to an amalgam for payment purposes, this will result in a slightly larger out of pocket expense for some patients.

Crowns

The process of installing a crown takes 2-3 visits to the dentist. On the first visit the tooth with be reshaped by filing down the enamel so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a mold will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This mold will be send to a dental lab so that your new crown can be made so that it fits in the spot created for it and looks the same relative to the surrounding teeth.

Before leaving, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown until

your permanent crown is ready.The crown takes about 2-3 weeks to be returned to your dentist. At this time you will have another appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. You will again have a local anesthetic to numb the area and the tooth will be placed using a cement to ensure the tooth sets in place. When you look in the mirror, you will see your old smile back. Crowns are durable and will usually last about 10-15 years. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing.

Bridges
When teeth are missing and there are teeth on either side of the space a bridge is the ideal way to replace the missing teeth. When there has been the loss of a tooth or teeth and there is a tooth on either side of the open space, replacement teeth can be attached to two crowns constructed for the 2 teeth on either side of the open space. This is called a bridge because it bridges the open space. When a tooth is lost 5 or more other teeth may drift so it is essential to place a replacement tooth as soon as possible. The space left from missing teeth may cause one of several problems. Teeth may drift into the space changing your bite, this changed bite may result in sore jaws, A fixed bridge is used to replace one or several teeth. The teeth on each end of the space is used to as anchors (abutments).

Implants

 This is a clever way to solve the problem of a missing tooth. A dental 

 implant is basically a titanium tooth root replacement with a

“crown” on top. The advantages of this technique are simple, you only need to replace what is currently missing and there is no need to involve your adjacent teeth. This means that the final results are stronger, easier to clean, and last longer than any other option. 

Bridges are not removable by the patient. As with other types of crowns (caps), a bridge can be made of metal or porcelain, or a combination of these two. gum Inlays and onlays are often referred to as partial crowns. They use the

Extractions

Extractions are often categorized as "simple" or "surgical".

Simple extractions are performed on teeth that are visible in the mouth, usually under local anesthetic  and require only the use of instruments to elevate and/or grasp the visible portion of the tooth. Typically the tooth is lifted using an elevator, and using dental forceps, rocked back and forth until the periodontal ligament has been sufficiently broken and the supporting alveolar bone has been adequately widened to make the tooth loose enough to remove. Typically, when teeth are removed with forceps, slow, steady pressure is applied with controlled force.

Surgical extractions involve the removal of teeth that cannot be easily accessed, either because they have broken under the gum line or because they have not erupted fully. Surgical extractions almost always require an incision. In a surgical extraction the doctor may elevate the soft tissues covering the tooth and bone and may also remove some of the overlying and/or surrounding jawbone tissue with a drill or osteotome. Frequently, the tooth may be split into multiple pieces to facilitate its removal. Surgical extractions are usually performed under a general anesthetic.

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