Cavities on the front teeth are a common dental problem, but many people don’t realize that they don’t have to be treated in the same way as cavities in other areas of the mouth, such as on the back teeth or inside your mouth. Today we will look at some of the options you have for treating cavities on your front teeth, and how you can prevent them from returning. If you do develop a front tooth cavity filling, you should consult with a dentist before attempting to treat it yourself, as doing so incorrectly could cause serious damage to your smile.
As a dentist, I hear this question all the time
Can I fill a cavity on my front tooth? Dental cavities are actually very common, especially in people with weakened enamel from frequently consuming sugary foods. In fact, you could even have cavities without ever experiencing symptoms like pain or sensitivity. It’s important to take care of any teeth-related issues as soon as possible, because they can lead to bigger problems in time. Yes, you can certainly fill a cavity on your front tooth if it has developed to that point—but don’t forget that brushing and flossing regularly help prevent cavities before they form.
First off, there are two different types of fillings
amalgam and composite. Amalgam fillings contain mercury, while composite fillings are tooth-colored and are made of a combination of plastic and resin. When you have a front tooth cavity, you’ll probably want to keep your natural tooth color, which means a composite filling is more appropriate. With that said, here are some things to consider when choosing whether or not to repair your front teeth
Front tooth cavities can only be filled by getting a veneer over them. Veneers are thin, custom-made shells of porcelain that are bonded to teeth to improve appearance. If you have an unfilled cavity in your front tooth, contact us today to schedule a consultation. A dentist will take impressions of your teeth and create a temporary veneer while they make you a permanent one. Veneers are created with high precision and generally cost between $800 and $1,200 per tooth.
Bonded porcelain veneers
While porcelain veneers are usually considered for aesthetic reasons, in cases where there’s a front tooth cavity filling that isn’t deep enough to require an inlay or onlay, they can be a great option. Porcelain veneers are custom-made shells of tooth-colored material that are bonded to your teeth and require virtually no removal of existing tooth structure. Porcelain veneers aren’t meant to last forever; eventually, they may need to be replaced with either restorations or even another set of porcelain veneers if your teeth shift. However, since bonding them requires much less structural work than other kinds of dental restorations (even inlays), you may be able to get away with wearing them longer than other options.
What is the difference between porcelain veneers and bonded porcelain veneers?
Veneers are thin shells of tooth-colored material that can be bonded to your natural teeth to improve appearance. Porcelain veneers are a popular choice for cosmetic dental procedures due to their ability to mimic natural-looking results and ability to create a completely customized look. Porcelain veneers require at least two visits with our dentist, but once installed, you’ll have a more beautiful smile in no time! However, if you need immediate results or can’t afford multiple visits with our dentist then you might consider bonded porcelain veneers instead. Because they don’t require custom fabrication they can be completed during one visit—saving you time and money.
The cost difference between porcelain veneers and bonded porcelain veneers
These porcelain crowns cover a weakened tooth, making it look and feel like a natural tooth. Porcelain is more durable than enamel and can be used to restore both front teeth or back teeth. The process of getting a porcelain crown done usually involves two appointments: in-office work to prep your mouth, followed by an appointment with a dental lab. During that second appointment, your dentist will place a mold of your prepared tooth onto an impression material to create your new crown. Porcelain works great for front teeth because they tend to show more when you smile and speak. After getting one done yourself, you’ll never want another bright white filling!
Your dentist might suggest porcelain crowns for your front teeth if you have multiple cavities or a large cavity that’s difficult to fill.
Crowns can be used to hide discoloration, too. They look very natural because they are made of porcelain. But they will likely be more expensive than other types of fillings and won’t last as long. If you’re in a situation where you need your tooth restored immediately (such as for cosmetically sensitive reasons). Or if it is at risk of breaking, crowns are a great option.
Are you looking for an entire dental makeover but don’t have the money up front?
You’re not alone. Many people want to make over their smile, but they don’t have enough money up front to do so. You may be able to get a temporary solution until you save up enough cash for a full-on dental makeover. If your dentist says it’s OK, then getting a cosmetic filling for your front tooth isn’t out of the question. Remember that if you do decide to fill your front tooth’s cavity before you have full dental coverage. You should use caution when choosing which type of filling to use for example. Cements aren’t as durable as other types of fillings and are more likely to break down in normal day-to-day life.
Many people have a cavity in their front tooth that is causing mild to moderate sensitivity. If you don’t want to pay for full veneers or crowns, consider having a dental bonding procedure done. During bonding, composite resin is placed over your existing tooth and sculpted into place by covering. It with multiple layers of extremely thin glass-like resin. Bonding isn’t as strong as an actual filling. But it can last a long time if taken care of properly in fact. Most bonded teeth will last several years with normal wear and tear. Plus, depending on your budget and personal preference. You may be able to have your dentist blend your new material. With any discolored spots or fill in imperfections from chips or cracks.