RECONSTRUCTION OF THE TEETH: WHAT ARE THE BEST TECHNIQUES?

The Topic of this post

  • When is it necessary to reconstruct a tooth?
  • Tooth reconstruction: main techniques
  • Obturation
  • Inlay
  • Composite restoration
  • Capsule
  • Dental implant
  • How much does tooth reconstruction cost?

A fall, an accident, a trauma. Many small daily accidents can damage our teeth causing the breakage of an incisor, a canine, or a molar. However, we do not have to worry about staying long with a lopsided smile, because various dental techniques allow perfect reconstruction of the tooth, a useful operation in several cases: caries, tooth fracture, erosion, and devitalization. Let’s see which are the most used techniques, in which cases it is necessary to proceed with the operation, and some advice to save.

WHEN IS IT NECESSARY TO RECONSTRUCT A TOOTH?

Accidents that can break a tooth are commonplace. Sometimes a fall on a bicycle or motorbike is enough, perhaps not readily protected with your hands, a hit against an obstacle. Reconstruction is, therefore, a way to solve the problem of a tooth fracture which can be an unpleasant consequence in these cases but can also be used as a solution to caries, including in the case of dry caries. The purpose of the filling, in this case, is to fill the hole created in the tooth so that the problem does not recur.

There are, then, two other cases in which the dentist can advise to intervene with the reconstruction. These are tooth erosion, most frequently caused by bruxism or vomiting, and devitalization.

TOOTH RECONSTRUCTION: MAIN TECHNIQUES

Each problem that requires tooth reconstruction can be addressed using a different technique. It will be the treating dentist to determine which is the most suitable for the specific case, probably choosing among the most used ones.

OBTURATION

The filling is the most popular method of dental reconstruction. It is now an almost routine operation that firstly involves cleaning the part of the tooth eroded by caries and then filling the hole with a generally composite material that restores the usual shape to the tooth.

INLAY

An inlay is a very similar technique to filling. The difference is that, in this case, the material that is inserted into the tooth to repair the fracture or fill the hole is prepared in advance in a dental laboratory. Thanks to a cast of our mouth, a piece is reconstructed that fits perfectly into our tooth allowing almost perfect and more resistant reconstruction.

COMPOSITE RESTORATION

This is the most used technique in the case of partial tooth fracture. It involves the application of a soft and moldable material where the tooth is no longer there. Dentistry, then, “sculpts” it to give it its original shape and hardens it using a special crystallizing light. The reconstructed tooth will resemble the original in color and texture.

CAPSULE

The reconstruction of the tooth thanks to a dental capsule or crown is the most suitable for both damaged and devitalized teeth. In the laboratory, a tooth-shaped capsule is created to be covered or replaced in ceramic, porcelain, or zirconium alloy ceramic. The dental crown solution represents a very long-lasting and safe intervention for our teeth.

DENTAL IMPLANT

If the trauma is severe to the point where the tooth needs to be replaced, we proceed with an implant. It is a technique that involves the insertion of a false tooth into the dental arch: on the outside, there is a ceramic prosthesis and, on the inside, a titanium screw, inserted directly into the bone of the jaw or mandible. The implant is the most durable and resistant tooth reconstruction surgery of all, however, it is also the most complex and expensive medicare, so it is used almost exclusively in cases where there is no alternative.

HOW MUCH DOES TOOTH RECONSTRUCTION COST?

An age-old problem when it comes to dental interventions is the cost of the same. As also noted by the UniSalute Observatory, the concern is that the surgery is too expensive: 27% of Bolognese, for example, do not go to the dentist precisely because they are worried about the weight that the treatment will have on their wallet.

From this point of view, tooth reconstruction is no exception, although each intervention and each specific case has its peculiarities and costs. The use of different materials naturally affects the price: for example, the reconstruction of the ceramic tooth is generally more expensive than the intervention with the composite material that can be modeled by the dentist without going to the dental laboratory.

A strategy to ensure discounts in some affiliated facilities is to take out a dentist policy such as the one proposed by UniSalute, which provides for a free annual check-up and if a tooth reconstruction surgery is required, the possibility of taking advantage of discounted rates, reserved for policyholders. An easy way to guarantee a 32-tooth smile even in the event of unforeseen events!

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