Fillings, crowns, inlays, and onlays – these are the four main restorations that might be used to remedy a decaying or injured tooth. You may already have one or several of these in your mouth. They can be made from a variety of materials and put on any of your teeth to reinforce missing structure. Fortunately, most of these restorations can be done with white or tooth-colored materials in this day and age, giving them a cosmetic slant. Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, would like to challenge you to a quiz on tooth-colored dental restorations.
Q1. True or false – Fillings are the most common treatment for basic cavities.
Q2. True or false – Inlays are like fillings that are entirely internal, while onlays are like fillings that are entirely external.
Q3. True or false – Dental crowns are only used with root canal procedures.
A1. TRUE – Streptococcus mutans are the bacteria that create acid and cause tooth decay in your mouth. Having a small cavity is not at all uncommon, but you stand a greater chance of catching tooth decay good and early if you keep up with your six month dental checkups. Fillings are the best solution for more shallow cavities, but if you let tooth decay fester, you may need a stronger restoration.
A2. FALSE – Not exactly. Inlays and onlays are bonded into the hole made as a result of cleaning out decay, and onto the cusps of your tooth. Inlays remain on the cusp tips. Onlays go out and over one or more of your tooth’s cusps. This means that onlays are slightly stronger than inlays.
A3. FALSE – When tooth decay is neglected, it can go into the root canals – little hollow tunnels in the dentin of your teeth that lead to your tooth’s roots. This is when a root canal treatment is probably necessary, and sometimes a crown will be the final part of fixing decay of this level. Dental crowns are also viable options for cracked, broken, or otherwise injured teeth.
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