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What is a Dental Inlay?

A dental inlay fills in the gap resulting from removal of tooth decay. Like a filling, it strengthens the remaining part of the tooth, but an inlay may be used when a tooth has too much damage for a standard filling.

With an inlay, your dentist will use an anesthetic before removing any decay in the tooth.  Usually an impression of your tooth is taken and sent to a lab where the inlay is made from porcelain or composite resin material.

The inlay is then bonded to the tooth by your dentist. It’s considered an inlay – versus an outlay – when it fits in the little points of a tooth in the back of your mouth. Once this is set, care for it the way you care for the rest of your teeth.

What are Dental Bridges?

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Dental bridges bridge the gap caused by missing teeth. The bridge is made up of two or more crowns on the sides of the gap which serve as anchors to the false tooth – or teeth – in between them.

Patients choose dental bridges for cosmetic reasons, to enhance their smiles. But it also benefits the ability to chew and distributes the impact of a bite. Most importantly is that it preserves the remaining teeth.

There are some consideration with dental bridges. Since the crowns are connected together, patients need to be especially vigilant about blushing and flossing. Your Summerville dentist can advise you on the best flossers to use for a bridge.

Green Tea May Be Good For Your Teeth

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You’ve likely heard of some potential benefits of green tea, such as heart health, bone health, protection against memory loss or free radical damage. It could also be good for your teeth.

The catechins (an antioxidant) and natural fluoride in green tea inhibits the bacteria and acid responsible for tooth decay. Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease and catechin may interfere with the inflammatory response to bacteria while also promoting healthy teeth and gums.

Like most findings, more research is needed, but it does sound like unsweetened tea can be good for you in more than one way.