You should learn about some of the common treatment options for some of the more common problems. This way, you will know what it is that you may have ahead of you if you find yourself dealing with certain dental problems in the near future. Here are some of those common treatments you should be aware of:
Fillings – Fillings are one of the most affordable options to take care of a cavity. However, a cavity that has become quite large may not be able to be fixed with a filling.
Crowns – If you have let a cavity get quite large in size to the point where a filling can't be used, then you may be looking at a crown. A crown will be made in the same color as your other teeth and created just for your tooth so it fits perfectly. Once in place, no one will be able to tell that it's not your real tooth.
Porcelain veneers – A porcelain veneer can be used to fix a cavity. Veneers are also made to fit your tooth perfectly and they are made out of a porcelain material that looks and feels real. While this option can cost more it does offer many benefits, such as its natural look and durability.
Bonding – If you have a small break in your tooth then the dentist may be able to use bonding and hand tools to build back on to the tooth in a way that fixes the break and makes your tooth look like nothing happened to it.
Crowns – Just how crowns can be used for some severe cavities, they can also be used in order to repair some pretty good breaks in teeth.
Porcelain veneers – Porcelain veneers can also be used for broken teeth. Again, they leave you with a very natural looking tooth but if cost is a factor, then you should consider going with a crown instead.
Partial dentures – If you are missing one or a number of teeth then you may be a good candidate for partial dentures. Partials will offer replacement teeth for the missing ones and have spaces for your real teeth to fit.
Full dentures – If you are missing all of your teeth then you may want to go with full dentures. Full dentures will replace all of your teeth with removable appliances that you can remove and put back in as needed.
Dental implants – Dental implants will replace missing teeth as well. A dental implant is a permanent replacement that gets fused to your jaw bone.
Some of these solutions can be used for cosmetic purposes to enhance your smile as well, so discuss your options with a cosmetic dentist.