Fillings offer an important way to protect your oral health, but they're not the only important dental treatment. Dr. Mazhar Butt, your dental restorationsCarbondale, IL dentist, shares information on several dental services that can improve the health or appearance of your teeth, including teeth whitening, crowns and veneers.

Procedures that repair and restore teeth

Repairing and restoring damaged or decayed teeth is a crucial aspect of protecting your smile. Your Carbondale dentist uses these dental procedures to improve the appearance and function of teeth.

  • Fillings: Fillings are one of the most common dental procedures and one of the most important. After the decayed part of your tooth is removed, a filling restores and seals the tooth. Tooth-colored composite resin fillings are commonly used to fill teeth.
  • Bonding: Bonding offers an effective, inexpensive way to repair chips and cracks, and can also lengthen teeth that have been worn down by grinding. The putty-like composite resin is applied to your teeth and then hardened with a curing light.
  • Crowns: Crowns stabilize and protect fragile, damaged or broken teeth. These hollow restorations slip over teeth and are often used if you have a cracked or fractured tooth, or if a root canal procedure has been performed. Crowns are also an integral part of bridges that replace missing teeth.

Procedures that improve the appearance of your smile

Some of the same procedures that are used to restore teeth can also improve their appearance, such as:

  • Bonding: Bonding is used to close gaps between teeth, cover discolorations or change the shape of teeth.
  • Crowns: In addition to protecting your teeth, crowns can also be used to lengthen or short teeth, and cover imperfections, discolorations and oddly shaped teeth.
  • Teeth Whitening: Professional teeth whitening can lighten your teeth by an average of three to eight shades in just one office visit. If you prefer to whiten at home, take-home kits are available.
  • Veneers: Thin veneers cover the front surfaces of teeth only. They're a good choice if you want to hide chips, pits, discolorations or other imperfections, such as slightly gapped teeth.

Could you benefit from one of these dental procedures? Call Dr. Mazhar Butt, your Carbondale, IL dentist at (618) 457-2123 to find out which one is right for you.