Is your life hectic? When your free time is limited, visiting the dentist several times may not be possible. Luckily, you can still improve your smile no matter how busy your schedule. Our Salt Lake City dentist, Dr. Spencer Luke at Lakeside Dental, shares information on several same day dentistry services that you may want to consider.
Veneers are very thin pieces of porcelain or composite resin. They're designed to fit the fronts of your teeth exactly and are attached with dental cement. Veneers are often used to cover minor flaws in teeth, such as chips and cracks, but they can also lengthen teeth, close gaps and hide discolorations. Do you want whiter teeth, but don't want to deal with the hassle of whitening treatments? Veneers never need to be touched up and may offer better results than whitening treatments.
Inlays and onlays
Inlays and onlays are recommended when decay has damaged a large area of your tooth and a filling can't be used. Because these restorations bond to your teeth, they help them become stronger, unlike traditional fillings that may weaken teeth. Inlays fit inside the cusps of your teeth, while onlays cover the cups. Cusps are the ridges you can feel around the edges of teeth.
Crowns, sometimes called caps, are hollow and are designed to be worn over teeth. They may be needed if your tooth is fragile, cracked or broken, but are also used to address cosmetic issues. They're a good choice if you need to lengthen a tooth, conceal discolorations or change the shape of a tooth.
Only one visit is required
If you needed veneers, inlays, onlays or crowns in the past, you would have to visit our Salt Lake City dental office twice. During the first appointment, we would make an impression of your mouth using dental putty and send it to a dental lab. You would return a week or two later to receive your restoration.
Thanks to same day dentistry, these restorations only require one visit now. Instead of using dental putty, we'll scan your teeth with a laser to create a digital impression that we'll use to design your restoration. Once we're satisfied with the design, we'll send it to our onsite milling machine. Minutes later, you'll be wearing your new composite resin veneer, inlay, onlay or crown.
Same day dentistry eliminates the wait. If you would like to improve your smile, make an appointment with Dr. Luke at Lakeside Dental by calling (801) 596-3000 to reach our Salt Lake City, UT dental office!