Can Your Smile Be Restored Seamlessly? Part Two - Corbet Locke D.D.S. Corbet Locke D.D.S. in Woodway
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Can Your Smile Be Restored Seamlessly? Part Two

added on: May 12, 2016

Are you still worried about seeking restorative dentistry, either because of how your smile will look after treatment or due to a general anxiety about dentistry? If so, it is time to push past your fears in order to give your smile the treatment it needs to remain healthy for years to come. Since teeth cannot repair themselves the way other parts of the body can, restorative treatment is the only way to treat most dental health issues, including cavities. So if you care about the health and beauty of your smile, it is time to find out how your general dentist can help to preserve both.

Added Benefits of Resin and Porcelain Restorations

Aside from the obvious benefits of choosing a more seamless smile restoration, namely that they are nearly undetectable, there are other traits unique to non-metal dental restorations.

For example:

  • Many patients are able to enjoy porcelain dental crowns for more than ten years with proper preventive care. These crowns can also be cared for like natural teeth, with a non-abrasive toothpaste. This makes for simple dental maintenance.
  • Resin takes up less space than metal, often allowing the dentist to preserve more of the natural tooth. It also bonds tightly with teeth, creating a great seal against further dental decay or possible infection.
  • Porcelain is naturally stain-resistant and 90 percent as strong as tooth enamel, which is equaled in strength only by diamonds. Therefore it makes an excellent choice for both cosmetic and restorative dentistry!

Choosing What’s Best for Your Situation and Smile

To determine which form of restoration is best for your particular smile needs, you should be upfront with your dentist about your hopes for your smile, both cosmetically and functionally, as well as your budget and lifestyle.

Smokers, for instance, may be unhappy with resin fillings, because they stain more easily than porcelain or metal.

For patients with moderate to severe dental anxiety, you may also wish to talk with your dentist about the option of sedation. From nitrous oxide (commonly called laughing gas) to oral sedatives, the dentist may be able to help you push past your fear, to get the care your smile needs.


We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Corbet Locke, DDS, contact our Waco, TX, dental office today by calling 254-776-4888. Our office welcomes patients in and around Waco, TX, including Hewitt, McGregor, Woodway, and the surrounding Central Texas communities.