While enamel is incredibly tough, it's important to recognize that teeth endure daily chewing forces and acidic challenges. Unfortunately, even the best oral care can’t stop a physical injury that leaves a tooth chipped or guarantee that you will never encounter a dental issue. Whether you have a cavity that needs filling or a tooth that needs a dental crown, Dr. Long is here to provide you with fully customized options for restorative dentistry in West Lake Hills, TX!
Rather than use silver amalgam fillings to restore teeth, we make use of composite resin, a metal-free material that can be custom-shaded to match your existing enamel. After shading the material, Dr. Long places the filling inside the tooth, molds and shapes it accordingly, then hardens it using a special curing light. In most cases, it only takes a single appointment to restore your tooth using tooth-colored fillings!
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Considered to be one of the most versatile restorations in dentistry, dental crowns are often a perfect solution for restoring damaged teeth. Whether decay has left the inner area of your tooth exposed to bacteria, permanent stains that are affecting your willingness to smile, or you need a dental bridge to make your smile complete, dental crowns are likely to play a role in your treatment.
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If you still have a lot of healthy tooth structure, but a single dental filling isn’t sufficient enough to restore your tooth, an inlay or onlay may be the right option for you. These durable, custom restorations allow us to preserve more tooth structure while still fully repairing the damaged areas of your tooth. Inlays repair damage between the cusps, or raised surfaces of the teeth, while onlays repair damage to the cusps themselves.
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When needing a replacement to protect a decayed or damaged tooth, there is the option to choose a traditional dental crown. However, if you want a quicker way to restore your smile, you can opt for CEREC same day crowns instead. Made by an in-house milling unit, we can minimize the number of dental visits by creating your restoration while you wait. In no time at all, you can have a fully restored and functional smile again.