Greetings Plano! Welcome back to the ongoing dental health blog of the Plano Smile Studio. Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching; have you started your preparations yet? Take a minute to envision what your dinner table will look like on that special Thursday afternoon. In all likelihood, your table will be filled to the brim with delicious food. What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish?
For some of our patients, Turkey is the obvious answer which springs to mind. You’ve stuffed the bird to to perfection, and it’s baked to a golden brown. For other patients, their favorite dish is a side item. Maybe it’s the mashed potatoes they made themselves from scratch, with real Idaho potatoes. Or it could be the green bean casserole, gooey and delicious.
Food is a fun thing to think about (sorry if you’re reading this blog on an empty stomach) because we associate it with so many of our memories. You can probably remember what the cake tasted like on your wedding; or the taste of the corn beef sandwich you washed down with a pint of lager on St. Patrick’s day.
But what happens in life when it becomes far more difficult to eat the food you love? Boredom is one common answer; eating the same soft foods for days on end is certainly no fun. Malnutrition is the other, scarier answer. Malnutrition can occur if you are forced to eat a repetitive diet of soft foods; you will miss out on needed things in you diet, such as protein and fiber. But restorative dentistry can be just the answer you need for eating your favorite foods once more.
At the Plano Smile Studio in Plano, TX, we have years of experience in helping our patients regain their ability to chew without pain. We practice many different aspects of restorative dentistry. Restorative dentistry gains its name because it’s designed to help restore the form and function of your tooth. Once a tooth as been restored it will not only look better, it will work better when you’re chewing. In today’s post we’re going to briefly look at two different procedures which can help get you chewing once more.
Tooth-Colored Fillings Look Great and Function Well
The most obvious cause of dental pain is a cavity. Cavities can leave your teeth in a heightened state of sensitivity, making it far harder to eat your favorite foods. Cavities are caused by a build-up of plaque and bacteria on the enamel of your teeth. No matter how well you brush and floss your teeth, some bacteria remains on your teeth after you eat. This bacteria can then erode away the enamel of your tooth, this results in a cavity.
Cavities may hurt, but the good news is that they are easy to repair. We offer tooth-colored fillings at the Plano Smile Studio. This fillings are made of composite resin which means they are free of the mercury contained in many metal fillings. We can painlessly remove decay from your tooth and then fill it with a tooth-colored filling. Best of all, you won’t have to deal with the appearance of an ugly metal filling in your smile.
Dental Crowns Restore the Structure of Damaged Teeth
Sometimes a tooth can become extremely decayed. At this point a filling is not enough to correct your dental problem, and take away the pain in your tooth. In these cases, we may recommend a dental crown. A dental crown is almost like a hat or cap for your decayed tooth; it’s bonded over your tooth to restore your tooth’s natural structure. A dental crown is an excellent and lasting way to restore your ability to chew.
Dental crowns can be made out of multiple types of material. Although some patients opt for a gold crown, the most popular option is our porcelain crowns. Porcelain crowns are designed to match the natural appearance of your tooth. They look so great that we actually use dental crowns for cosmetic purposes on occasion, to repair the appearance of a misshapen tooth. At Plano Smile Studio in Plano, TX, you can be sure that your crown will last for years; we have the experience and technology necessary to protect your teeth.
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