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Dental Crowns, Fillings, Inlays & Onlays In Lafayette, LA
Why Restorative Dentistry?
The term “restorative dentistry” is the integrated management of oral health problems and restoring of the mouth to a functional and esthetic state. Simply put, it is bringing your mouth back to a healthy state. The goal is to preserve natural teeth as much as possible. Replacing missing teeth with a dental implant, bridge, full or partial denture helps promote dental health as well. Filling in empty spaces in the mouth can help prevent cavities in the remaining teeth because odd-shaped gaps are vulnerable spots for plaque-causing bacteria to build up. Missing teeth also put extra stress on your remaining natural teeth because you don’t have as much surface area to chew with.
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Learn More About Restorative Dental Options – Dental Fillings, Crowns, Inlays & Onlays
Restorative Dentistry Options
Dental Fillings & Cavity Repair
Direct tooth restoration involves placing a filling into a prepared tooth cavity immediately. This procedure can be done in a single office visit. Dr. Fontenot would choose the highest quality filling options for your needs based on the type and location of the filling. For example, glass or resin ionomers are often used for replacements near the tooth root or other areas not subjected to heavy pressure from chewing.
Dental Crowns, Inlays & Onlays
Indirect tooth restoration involves customized tooth replacements in the form of crowns, onlays, or inlays. A crown covers the entire chewing surface of a tooth, an inlay lies within the cusps of the tooth, and an onlay covers and one or more cusp tip, including part of the chewing surface. An indirect tooth restoration will require more than one office visit because the inlay or onlay must be fabricated in a lab. Crowns, inlays and onlays can be made from a variety of materials, but Dr. Fontenot focuses on using only the highest quality and best material for each procedure.