Composite veneers are often referred to as partial crowns or indirect fillings. They are used to treat moderate tooth decay. They are often completed in one visit and are much less expensive than porcelain veneers.
An inlay is fitted to a cavity in a tooth. An onlay extends to replace the cusp, which is elevated part of a tooth. These techniques are used when not enough tooth structure remains to support a normal filling, but the tooth is not damaged enough to require a dental crown. This is an easy, first opportunity to see if you would like the most permanent options, such as porcelain veneers or crowns.
- The tooth is cleaned thoroughly and all decay is removed.
- Molds and impressions are taken to ensure the proper fit.
- The restoration is crafted and placed on the tooth.
Porcelain veneers are thin, semi-translucent shells that are created through a process similar to that of crowns. Generally, six, eight or 10 veneers are needed to create a beautiful new smile through a collaborative process with the patient. Porcelain veneers are used to correct various cosmetic dental flaws, including:
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Cracked or fractured teeth
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Very worn teeth
- Spaced or gapped teeth
- Irregularly shaped teeth
- Teeth of a disproportionate size
Measurements are taken and the temporary veneers are placed. During a second visit, the teeth are gently cleaned and etched to enhance the bond of the veneers. The veneers are then checked for fit, shape and color. Adjustments are made as needed and the veneers are permanently cemented into place, creating a beautiful new smile.
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